Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

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Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

Postby kykamo » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:45 pm

Iv decided to get a s30v flipper spydie. These two I'm interested in.

It seems to me the Mantra 3 has the edge over the Sliverax for weight, price, size, bearings and rides a little deeper. But with the Sliverax the handle design creates an amazing hand guard. Which is a important quality I need in this knife.

Does the mantra 3 have a confident hand guard design? Or is it not that great? Like is it a better handguard design than a Native or the same?

Out of the two, which do you prefer?

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Re: Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

Postby hambone56rx » Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:10 pm

I vote the Sliverax! It is literally my most carried knife. I carry it over my Manix 2 and PM2. The weight is crazy light, it has a longer blade than the Mantra 3 and the overall profile looks a lot better IMHO. And Paul Alexander, the designer, is an outstanding dude! I also love that I have the first ever compression lock flipper from spyderco!

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Re: Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

Postby Evil D » Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:27 pm

Don't have a Mantra 3 but that's mostly because I have far less interest in it vs the Sliverax. Also if anything I think I'd find a Mantra 2 over the 3 anyway.
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Re: Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

Postby vivi » Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:33 pm

If I were to buy one of these two, I'd definitely get the Sliverax. I thought the action was great for a flipper, and the ergonomics for me are a world better than the Mantra.

If you're a fan of the Delica / Mantra handle, it'd be a closer battle, but for me the choice is easy.
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Re: Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

Postby curlyhairedboy » Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:50 pm

Depends on hand size. The mantra is the best fit for small hands, while I'd suggest the amalgam is the best option for XL hands. The sliverax is a good in between.
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Re: Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

Postby JuPaul » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:19 pm

I have the first Mantra only, and I recently also got a Sliverax. Full disclosure: I haven't done more than fiddle with the Sliverax because I sent it into spyderco because the detente on the one I received was so weak as to be unsafe, imo. Apparantly this is a common complaint on the model. However, everything else about the Sliverax was amazing - the cool design, the compression lock on a flipper, the super "locked in" feel in hand, the light weight. I really hope they'll fix the detente for me or replace the knife.

I also really like my Mantra, it's basically like a non-frn delica with a flipper, which is awesome imo. A version of that with carbon fiber and a comp lock sounds even better on paper, although I don't like how they changed the blade shape to accomodate the comp lock, and tucked away the flipper tab into the handle when the knife is open. The more exposed tab on the original makes me feel like I won't slip up onto the blade. So the new one does not strike me as a "confident handguard design".

The Sliverax is also a larger knife that doesn't feel like a larger knife. So, if I had to pick one, I'd definitely go Sliverax, and cross my fingers for a stronger detente than on the one I got.
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Re: Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

Postby Sharp Guy » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:39 pm

Evil D wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:27 pm
Don't have a Mantra 3 but that's mostly because I have far less interest in it vs the Sliverax. Also if anything I think I'd find a Mantra 2 over the 3 anyway.
Big fan of the Mantra (1) and Sliverax. So for me the Mantra 3 is like a cross between the two. I planned on getting one when they first came out but never did. I ended up buying the Sliverax instead. No need for me to buy the Mantra 3 now because I have the other 2.
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Re: Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

Postby Ric » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:42 pm

The hand guard is better at the sliverax.
It's also bigger than the mantra 3.

You can shake out the blade at the mantra 3, at sliverax more easy because the blade is heavier.

As i do not like the detent I would not buy them again.
I would buy a para 3 /PM2.

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Re: Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

Postby gundamaniac » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:38 pm

If handguard is your criteria and you're choosing between the Mantra 3 and Sliverax, I'd go with the Sliverax. The Mantra 3 handle leaves very little flipper tab exposed when the knife is open so it wouldn't really serve as a significant hand guard. I preferred the handle on the Mantra 1 and 2 because of this change.

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Re: Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

Postby abbazaba » Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:08 am

Sliverax is much better in hand for me.

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Re: Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

Postby TkoK83Spy » Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:09 pm

Don't forget the Smock is also a flipper in S30V, and as of a couple days ago it was available again.
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Re: Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

Postby spyderwolf » Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:54 am

I love the Sliverax design.Mantra is too much a Delica in a evening gown,for my taste.
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Re: Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

Postby kykamo » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:09 am

Thanks guys! I'll be looking for a Sliverax then

The smock looks nice, but I need something with a strong point on it.

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Re: Mantra 3 vs Sliverax which one to get?

Postby Sumdumguy » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:27 am

I don't own one, but I would say Mantra 3 based on how much I love the Mantra 1.


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