If you’re looking for the perfect folding knife for EDC and CCW, look no further than the SpyderCo Manix 2. This is a 5-star knife that has been popular amongst EDC aficionados and tactical enthusiasts alike, and it’s not hard to see why when you get the chance to carry it around with you. It doesn’t seem like much at first glance but is exactly what any good EDC knife should be: small, light, sturdy and sharp.
The Manix 2 starts with Spyderco’s patented Ball Bearing Lock, which is exceptionally strong and sturdy,. It’s also exceptionally smooth, similar to an axis lock but with a ball bearing – a hardened steel ball encased in a polymer cage, with linear springs. When you flick open the blade, a spring plunger drives the ball bearing forward onto the blade, wedging it open in the process. It can be deployed with either hand, and your fingertips never have to be too close to the blade itself. The liners are full stainless steel, with stainless steel back spacers, and outfitted with black G-10 scales (and yes, you can get it in other colors).
The blade is a premium CPM-S30V drop point, flat ground and measuring 3.375” long. It’s sharp, holds an edge, and is hefty enough for any day-to-day cutting job, as well as some of the more demanding ones. The choil is decently large, and it’s got Spyderco’s trademark Round Hole to make deployment with just your thumb or two fingers dead easy. And let’s not forget the ambidextrous carry, both tip-up or tip-down
Last Word? The Manix 2 is a beast of a folding knife, that at 5 ounces, feels solid and hefty in your hand and is real pleasure to hold. As much as we all like ultralight, practically-not-there EDC knives, sometimes it’s nice to have a solid one you can count on.