The Spyderco made-in-PRC line has provided incredible value while still keeping Spyderco quality control. It has expanded with the Ambitious (left) and Resilience (right). The lightweight polymer version of the premium material but well-priced Manix 2 is in the middle.
My buddy Ed Schempp with the littlest and biggest: the tiny Balance and big but surprisingly lightweight Ed Schempp Rock (think that's what they're calling it~ in H1, it was the Rock Salt, but will now be made in VG-10). The Balance was designed to be both a good task knife, with very natural extension from the body, and a defensive tool for his female friends who couldn't carry a larger device.
I certainly like the concept of the budget manix. I'll have to lay hands on one to tell for sure though.
January 20, 2011, 01:32 AM
Well, the polymer one won't necessarily be much cheaper than the G10 version. The G10 version, though, is surprisingly inexpensive for a very large US-made folder in a premium steel, with steel liners and G10 scales! They can easily be found for less than $90 delivered.
January 21, 2011, 12:12 PM
On the Manix, was the lock now made of metal? The old ones I've seen are plastic.
January 21, 2011, 05:35 PM
All Manix locks are made of metal. Manix 2 ball locks are enclosed in a polymer carrier.
I spoke to Eric and Sal Glesser today, and I have been assured that the new polymer Manix 2s are very close to MBC rated (200 lbs/inch). In practical terms, this is more force than any user would be expected to ever place on a folding knife.
January 21, 2011, 05:42 PM
THanks for the response!
January 21, 2011, 08:47 PM
I'm pretty sure that the knife in the top picture with opaque Blue G-10 scales and an axis-type lock is the new Sage 3 not a Manix 2. I have one of the earlier carbon fiber Sages and its a superb knife, I'm probably going to have to add that new sage to the stable before too long.
January 22, 2011, 06:21 AM
Thanks for the informative reporting and great photos JShirley....second best to being there in person.
January 22, 2011, 08:14 AM
Thanks John I want the Chokwe next!
Looks lige a good knife for cardboard at the shop
January 22, 2011, 10:22 AM
Almost all photos by Derek. But we gladly accept thanks. :)
January 23, 2011, 01:26 AM
FYI, the first pic, bottom knife, is a SuperLeaf, not a Leafstorm.
SuperLeaf is the former SuperHawk frame with the leaf shaped blade.
January 23, 2011, 01:45 AM
Yes, absolutely right. Sorry, long (if fun) week. :p
The Leafstorm has a translucent green scale and frame lock. The SuperLeaf is larger, but surprisingly affordable. :)
January 26, 2011, 11:46 PM
Sal, Bradley, Schempp, and others always come across as such cool down to earth guys. What a great reward for their ingenuity and friendliness that they get to make a living doing what they love :).
January 27, 2011, 09:46 PM
I had a chance to check out the lightweight Manix and I'll be getting one for sure.
January 27, 2011, 11:50 PM
Yeah, I've got one on pre-order from GP knives (http://www.gpknives.com/spydercomanix2translucentblueserrated.html). :)
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