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Spyderco Manix 2 VS Spyderco Paramilitary 2


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#1 KlaudeMarks

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 09:32 PM

Looking at getting one or the other. Both would serve my purpose well.

So let's here what you all have to say.

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#2 Mikey Bautista

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:05 PM

Both are classics and either would be a good pick, so my opinion is if you can, try them in hand to see which feels better and/or which locking mechanism you prefer. After that it's down to choosing which blade shape (or steel, depending on the model) would be useful to you.



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 12:03 AM

Well definitely the s30v, but some of the Paramilitary options offer s110 and s35vn for not a huge price difference.

I'm completely unfamiliar with the compression lock and ball bearing lock...any thoughts on which is stronger?

Overall design I like both. I can see me breaking the tip off the Para, so that makes a better selling point for the Manix.

Luckily I live 30 minutes from Smoky Mountain Knife works, so next I'm there I will handle both.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 03:57 AM

I've only handled the PM2's compression lock personally and my only comment about that is it's more righty-oriented than the Manix 2's ambidextrous lock (I'm a lefty). Other than that, that's good you're near a shop you can handle them at and get them serviced if need be.



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 09:33 AM

Interesting to know about the compression lock. I watched a video from blade HQ on youtube testing the lock strength of nearly all the locking options for Spyderco, which included:
Liner lock
Frame lock
Lock back
Ball bearing
Compression

The lock back may have won, but they never got an official number. So the actual winner was the ball bearing. Very interesting test if you haven't seen the video.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:09 PM

I think I found the videos!

 

 



#7 KlaudeMarks

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 11:03 PM

Crap, Thanks for posting! I copied the link and just realized that I didn't paste it, lol.

The videos were very informative

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 04:40 PM

Both are very similar in usage and size. Both are USA models and have similar feels and build quality. I personally like them both but if I have to pick one, I would probably pick the Paramilitary 2. Both have good lock options but I felt the ball bearing lock which is essentially spyderco's axis lock was a bit stiff. You are not going to get axis lock performance and speed out of it. And compression lock is a good novel lock. allows for some fun spine closing of the knife. Then there is the blade shape. Decide whether you like the Leaf shape of the Manix or the more aggressive paramilitary. Keep in mind though, I have tried several Paramilitaries and they came at varying fit and finish. some came over tightened and stiff as hell, and others came perfect action. Nothing that a little adjustment wont fix but just a heads up



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Posted 31 October 2017 - 12:27 PM

Both are very similar in usage and size. Both are USA models and have similar feels and build quality. I personally like them both but if I have to pick one, I would probably pick the Paramilitary 2. Both have good lock options but I felt the ball bearing lock which is essentially spyderco's axis lock was a bit stiff. You are not going to get axis lock performance and speed out of it. And compression lock is a good novel lock. allows for some fun spine closing of the knife. Then there is the blade shape. Decide whether you like the Leaf shape of the Manix or the more aggressive paramilitary. Keep in mind though, I have tried several Paramilitaries and they came at varying fit and finish. some came over tightened and stiff as hell, and others came perfect action. Nothing that a little adjustment wont fix but just a heads up

My boss has the Yojimbo 2 with compression lock, and after fiddling with it, I'm not big on it...but it's not a deal breaker. For some reason, the Manix 2 has always grabbed my attention, but as of late, the blade shape of the Para's are beginning to look more appealing. If I'm mistaken, I think the Manix 2's come in another lock option other than the ball bearing? I loved the axis lock, so I think the ball bearing would be nice.


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 07:29 PM

My boss has the Yojimbo 2 with compression lock, and after fiddling with it, I'm not big on it...but it's not a deal breaker. For some reason, the Manix 2 has always grabbed my attention, but as of late, the blade shape of the Para's are beginning to look more appealing. If I'm mistaken, I think the Manix 2's come in another lock option other than the ball bearing? I loved the axis lock, so I think the ball bearing would be nice.


My ball bearing lock came stiff. It isn’t an axis lock experience. In fact, the compression lock gave more of a axis lock experience with it being able to swing closed with a twitch of the wrist. Doesnt take anything away from the knife though. I really like the Manix 2. The Manix 2 now comes in a backlock version.




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