Monday, November 21, 2011

Samo's Manix

A walk down memory lane...
There weren't much choices when it comes to production knives in the late 90s.
I became acquainted to the Spyderco line of knives when I bought the C-17 Catcherman, a folding fillet knife.
Back in the days, I was crazy about fishing and the quest for better cutlery led to a stash of fine folding knives from Spyderco.


Passion...
I met the owner of Spyderco, Sal Glesser and his family back in 2000.
During a lunch meeting, he made mention about passion and how people lacked on this.
Glesser's company is one of the most well-respected knife manufacturer in the US and is on the forefront in terms of innovation and production technology.
They have a small R&D department and a dedicated team of people working on constantly improving their products.
Though most of their knives are cool, I must say that not all are to my personal liking.


A matter of size...
Some years back, Master of Arms James Keating came up with an impressive design called the Chinook.
It was a large folding knife and has a real badass lock.
The strength of the lock is rated at 300lbs and the knife became one of the strongest lockbacks of its class.




Enter the Manix...
The Spyderco C95 came into service sometime in 2007 or earlier.
I was very impressed with the size of this knife and how well it cuts.
Maintenance was a breeze and since it uses the Crucible Metal CPMS30V as its blade material, edge retention and corrosion resistance was really good.





The Manix 2
The brains behind the Manix was Eric Glesser, a second-generation knife designer.
Much thoughts have been put into a smaller Manix with all the cutting qualities of its larger cousin.
The Manix 2 should not be confused with the Manix 83mm or 'Mini Manix' that is no longer in production.
If you want a reliable field knife that folds, the Manix 2 is defeinitely worth every consideration.
Its hollow-ground blade yields plenty of cutting power and the 154CM steel is easy to maintain.
Since it was introduced, there has been a few incarnations of the Manix 2 including a translucent Blue version.
Even a 'moonglow' version was released. This edition has a 'glow-in-the dark' handles.
Way I see it, the Manix is a knife that I won't get tired of looking at and with its handling qualities, it will be a knife that I will use in my adventures for a long, long time...
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