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The Caged Ball Bearing Lock and the Spyderco Manix 2 XL
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A quick look at another unique locking system for folding knives.
For more info on the knife itself you can look in my Youtube channel, I'll try to leave a link.







(A video of me swooning over this knife can be seen here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS6T1g6dU...ature=plcp )
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nice videos! I've been thinking about making a first Spyderco purchase lately (well for a long time, just recently again lol) and I've been looking into the Manix 2 XL mainly because of the full flat ground blade. I think the size of the regular Manix 2 would suit me better, but its blade is fugly. I've also been looking at the Native 5, Sage 1, and even the Tenacious as a beat-around EDC based mostly on looks alone. A huge problem with Spyderco knives is the complete inability to actually handle the knives in person before buying them. I'd like to try the different lock styles just like you show in your videos, but the only place I've ever found that has them in the store is Cabela's, and they only have the cheap plastic handled ones like the Delica. It's annoying to say the least.


Oh, and btw, I clicked on another video of yours that came up in the side bar of youtube. Chasing that deer off the range was hilarious! I couldn't stop laughing at the way you were just talking to it like it was an annoying person.
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Love my regular sized Manix 2. The XL may be a bit too big for EDC. My one and ONLY complaint... is the lock is a little stiff to release. Compared to Benchmades buttery smooth Axis-Lock, it's just doesn't feel as good. It does lock up VERY tight though, you're right about that!

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rantlers;22373 Wrote:nice videos! I've been thinking about making a first Spyderco purchase lately (well for a long time, just recently again lol) and I've been looking into the Manix 2 XL mainly because of the full flat ground blade. I think the size of the regular Manix 2 would suit me better, but its blade is fugly. I've also been looking at the Native 5, Sage 1, and even the Tenacious as a beat-around EDC based mostly on looks alone. A huge problem with Spyderco knives is the complete inability to actually handle the knives in person before buying them. I'd like to try the different lock styles just like you show in your videos, but the only place I've ever found that has them in the store is Cabela's, and they only have the cheap plastic handled ones like the Delica. It's annoying to say the least.


Oh, and btw, I clicked on another video of yours that came up in the side bar of youtube. Chasing that deer off the range was hilarious! I couldn't stop laughing at the way you were just talking to it like it was an annoying person.

The Manix 2 will soon be going to a full flat grind. There are also a ton a sprint runs with ffg blades and exotic steels if you have deep pockets, the CPM M4 version, for example;

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Spyderco-CPM-M4-...0561831972

Or if you don't want to wait and don't want to drop the cash on a sprint run you could try the Lightweight Manix 2;
http://www.knifeworks.com/spydercomanix2...nedge.aspx

I like em. Slightly cheaper blade steel, but it's very easy to sharpen and takes an extremely fine edge.

All of the knives you mentioned are excellent. I had a Sage 1 for a while, incredible knife, I actually got rid of it because it was too nice to use. The Native 5 is a little tank. You could always try a Sage 3 if you don't mind blue G10, then you get a ffg blade, perfect sized knife (imo), and the really cool bolt action lock, which is similar to the Manix 2.
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Very nice knife. Thanks for the review.
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Do you have any suggestions for where to handle some Spyderco knives locally? I'm still considering a few options and I might just buy one online and hope for the best anyway but I would really like to hold some of the different models before buying one.
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rantlers;24705 Wrote:Do you have any suggestions for where to handle some Spyderco knives locally? I'm still considering a few options and I might just buy one online and hope for the best anyway but I would really like to hold some of the different models before buying one.

Country Knives in Lancaster. The prices are atrocious, but the selection is overwhelming.

Good place to fondle the goods then buy online.

Or you can just do what I do, buy the things that look good and hope for the best. If you don't like them there are plenty of secondary markets you can use to get rid of them.

Truthfully I haven't ever been disappointed in a Spyderco I bought without handling first.
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