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This Manix 2 Lightweight knife features a translucent dusk blue Edgetek FRCP (fiberglass reinforced co-polymer) handle with Spyderco's Ball Bearing Lock mechanism. Carpenter Steel CTS-BD1N steel blade with a flat grind and plain edge. Ambidextrous carry wire clip.
The lightweight Manix 2 features a Ball Bearing Lock. The lock operates around a free-floating ball bearing contained inside a custom polymer cage. The ball bearing's round shape allows the lock to self-adjust across a large surface ensuring smooth and consistent lock-up every time it is engaged. The Ball Bearing Lock is engineered to be self contained meaning there is no need for internal liners to support it, allowing the folder to be manufactured liner-free and extraordinarily light weight.
The title should say it all but this is one hell of a knife. The handle fits my hand perfectly, has great jimping in all the right places, and came razor sharp. Love the wire clip as well and how lightweight yet rugged it is. Blade is a great shape for almost all tasks and it remains sharp for a while. I have had it now for over 6 months and it is still quite sharp. It did take some time to break it in but is perfect now. I have over 50 knives in my collection from Civivi, Buck, Ontario, Steel Will, Spyderco, and others and this is my most carried. If you happen to see this just do yourself a favor and buy one. You will truly be glad you did.
I got my Manix 2 LW in S110V... Before I heard all the dislike for that steel..... Sorry guys the Fud calls are just that.... I love this thing. Yes, it did take longer to put a mirror edge on it than S35VN but the edge lasts forever. Its also so comfortable to use. I cut a lot of packaging everyday and recommend this as a great work tool. For work... its my go to.
Just got my Manix 2 LW in CTS-BD1N in the mail and was taken back by its size. It is very wide and definitely not considered EDC by my standards. But, it is light and cuts like the devil. When I carry it, I definitely know that it is there, but It has begun to grow on me and I have begun to depend on it as an awesome work horse. Want a working knife with killer blade, light and solid, this is it! For the price, this is a winner!
This is the first high quality knife I've purchased and was undecided at first, however this knife is everything I hoped it would be, it is extremely light for a fairly large knife, and fits in my pocket very nicely. The blade was perfectly centered and extremely sharp and locks up tight with no blade play in either direction. In my opinion, money well spent.
I can not rave about this slicer enough.....handle shape is filling blade is great.... deployment is smooth....I love this knife
This knife opens fast, locks up tight, and looks awesome. A little bigger than I expected but not an issue. Super sharp out of the box. 10 out of 10 for Spyderco and Blade HQ!
What a deal this knife is.Under 100.00 for this with the premium CTS BD1N steel.The build quality is world class.The blade is shaving sharp,and the opening is out performs a well made automatic.I highly recommend this product.Buy the Manix 2 while the BD1N steel version is available.As always Blade HQ delivers the highest service..
Just received from bladehq today,(ordered four days ago).No issues,blade centered,solid lockup-no blade play.The deployment is better then my endura4,and police4 lighteight-it requires NO wrist flick,just snaps right out,The caged bearing lock does have more tension then my benchmades,but its not excessive.I usually remove the clips on my knives,because I prefer a loose pocket carry,and some clips give you hot spots during hard gripping,am leaving this one on because you cant feel it,even in a hard grip,and it does sit well in pocket using the clip,if you choose to use it.I researched the steel before buying,and the general consenses is it's comparible to vg10,which I like alot Will update on edge retention and sharpening ease in a few weeks Update-edge retention is about like vg10.People say this knife is wide in the pocket,but to me,I don't see that problem-in fact,I find it is EASIER to reach into my pocket then with just about all my other edcs,plus it's so light,you literally can not tell it's there.I like the blade on my endura better,but in all other ways I prefer this manix
I have been carrying this knife every day for the past 6 years and I still love it. the lock is great, ergos are awesome and its super light for the size. the steel could be better but I have not had any issues with the steel. the wire clip could be a loop over clip for deeper carry but overall this knife is super great would definitely recommend. if you do want a better steel though there is a s110v and maxmet version.
It felt weird in my hand. I'm used to heavier knives, but after carrying the lightweight for a few days and getting used to the balance it has become a favorite! So light you don't even feel it, but tough as nails. Get one, and a G10 manix as well for good measure!
I have a Manix 2 and the lightweight version here. These are good strong heavy duty blades. I love the bigger knife without the weight. This thing feels just as light as my Delica. Under $150?? No brainer. Buy it!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on the new axe!
This knife packs an amazing fine cutting edge! The grip on it is amazing too, feels like it'll never slip out of my grip when its wet or dry! The manix 2 lightweight is so light that it feels like its only lint in your pocket.
I love this knife. Great lock up. 2nd kind of cool translucent blue handles. The steel is easy to sharpen. The best part is the 3 ounces! Not as light as my other EDC knife, but excellent. The edge doesn’t come mirror polished, so I fixed that. The blade steel is easy to sharpen and holds a great edge.
This knife was my first Spyderco knife and I lost it at a buddy's wedding event. I then had to buy it again. Nothing compares to the utility of this knife, especially food prep. It rinses out so easily and is super rust resistant.
This knife is awesome. Can’t enough good things about the handle. It looks really awesome when held up to the light. The is really lightweight which makes it great for pairing with shorts. The BD1 steel holds a decent edge and can get a razor sharp edge. The FFG design of the blade is a great slicer. On a side note after buying his knife give Spyderco a call and get the deep carry clip from them for this knife. It’s only around $8 and trust me you’ll love the knife even more
Have had this knife in my pocket 75% of the time for 7 years...only rotate to make all my others feel less jealous! Weight, ergos, reliability, ease of resharpening are all spot on! Haven't had a problem with the BD1 after years or regular edc plus hunting and backpacking...
Perfect lightweight knife for EDC, especially while wearing athletic clothing in the summer
Got this well over a year ago. Out of my relatively small but respectable collection this knife gets the most pocket time out of all. The ergonomics are second to none, the knife feels like it was meant for my hand. The jimping and texture on the gorgeous blue FRN allows for a very positive purchase. The leaf shape CTS BD1 blade is thin behind the edge and sharp enough to shave with. It's an absolute slicing machine. The wire clip is beautifully minimalistic, slick, while still strong enough to keep the knife in your pocket. Although the clip is admittedly weaker compared to many others, and de-forms when something snags it. The fit an finish is superb. All metal edges are smoothed out and the spydiehole doesn't dig into your finger. The ball bearing lock is sturdy and very safe. I love the lock on this knife. It isn't axis-lock smooth, but I don't really think it's meant to be. Once dialed in, the knife is butter smooth and ready for work. And when you want it away, it rides so nicely in the pocket you forget it's there. If you've been thinking about buying this knife, just do it. It's an absolute EDC monster, I highly recommend it to any friend who shows interest in it.
This is an EXTREMELY LIGHT knife -- perfect for EDC!! The ergos are great, as is the blade shape. Super Sharp out of the box and the handle just looks cool in the sunlight. BD1 isn't a super steel but its a solid steel. The ball bearing lock is great for fidgety people like myself..... Buy one and you'll be glad you did!
This knife is a good choice for people who want the full sized handle feel but in a lightweight package. It'll cut adequately and need sharpening frequently depending on what you used it for. The lock is easy to use and is strong enough to do basic cutting chores, anything other than whittling some small pieces of wood might be taking it too far. I would recommend it for edc, not so much tactical if you're thinking so. There is a semi guard before the forward choil but for this I would stick with cutting boxes and apples. Clip is simple and holds in the pocket well. Would recommend this model as well as the ones with higher end steel.
Beautiful, very light weight, superior ergonomics are just a few of the positive attributes for this knife. It's the sharpest new knife out of the box I've ever purchased, including much more expensive ones. The BD1 steel isn't premium, but is perfectly suitable for a sub $100 knife. Easy to sharpen and a great slicer! Super light with the wire clip make it an ideal EDC.
This is a great knife I have had it for over 3 years and it stays in my pocket longer then any other knife I have in my rotation. The BD1 steel is good, holds an edge and is very slick. The lock up is good and I have put the knife under hard use and it never felt like the lock was going to ever fail. The wire clip works and looks good, but is started to loosen up after 3 years use. Knife weighs close to nothing. If you are on the fence about this knife just buy it you will not be disappointed.
I love this knife but my wife always steals it to do her gardening and it kills me. I’m also leaving this review for the spyderco ax giveaway
This is absolutely my favorite knife to carry backpacking. You get a whole lotta of knife for under 3oz. I have never felt like I needed liners on it either. It does not flex like the videos I have seen of the Benchmade Bugout. The ball detent is stiff but perfect. The translucent blue is my favorite lightweight handle color. I feel much better sleeping at night knowing this is hanging on my hammock ridge line! The only two critiques I have are with CDS-BD1 and the lock. I don't feel this steel holds an edge quite as well as some of Spyderco's other favorite steels. The lock is smoother than an axis lock due to the ball bearing, but the spring is much stiffer.
The s110v steel is crazy sharp. The edge retention is amazing. I use this to cut open boxes, shave off wood chunks, and slice rope every day. I would definitely buy this again.
Extremely sharp out of box, thin profile, and OMG is it super light! Rides great in pocket. Spyderco nailed the gimping and it I love the deployment.
One of my favorite EDC knives. Super light perfect for gym shorts at home etc. but can still handle the grind of everyday tasks. Steel could be better it frays a bit on paper. Super cool & addicting ball bearing lock & release. Don’t plan on taking it apart has pin construction but u don’t have too. I think it’s a must hv for price weight & comfort & translucent blue scales A+.
Convenient to carry and always eye catching.
Spyderco has a winner in the light weight Manix. An ergonomic wonder, no matter how you grip this it's comfortable. I find it carries very well also. Smooth action with great lock up. This knife has no liners and you would never know it during use. Capable of much harder use than you think. No regrets in this one.
This knife brings out my masculinity. When I carry it my testosterone levels spike and the women folks can smell me. The come running in droves!!!! Great job!
This is the first Spyderco I have purchased, and I really like it. It cuts through everything easily, and is super light for the size. It opens and closes very smoothly as I really like the ball bearing lock it works well. I don’t carry it all the time because I am a girl and it doesn’t fit in our tiny pockets well but I like it for when a bigger knife make more sense to use. Also the translucent blue is amazing.
I love this knife. Super light, perfect EDC steel. Easy to sharpen. Action is smooth. Spyderco wire clip is one of the best clips(IMO). Not made for hard use but you cannot go wrong with this knive. Made in the USA
I got this knife based off a review by Nuttnfancy.. I specifically sought out the translucent color for colectability. I really like the blade and handle as well, its a little bigger than expected so its not an edc for me but fits really well in my hand regardless.
This is one of my favorite handles on a pocket knife! Feels so great to grip and can really hold securely.
I used to have a Kershaw Leek, but the top broke off of that so I needed a replacement. I had been looking at this one for quite some time, so I decided to go ahead and by it. When it arrived in the mail, I was blown away by how smooth the action was and how sharp it was. Of the 10 or so pocket knives I own, this is by far my favorite. If you by this, you won't regret the purchase one bit.
It is very light weight for it's size but feels sturdy and the blade steel seems good. Haven't used it enough to give a review on the blade steel. Blade is centered nice and has a nice lock up with no blade play. I love the color and shape of the handle, feels good in hand.
I chose this for the blade steel. I haven't had this type and I wanted to see if it was as good as I had heard. It is! Mine had some irregularities in the grind but my KME put it in super shape. It is beautiful to look at, yes I do like my knives, and it took no time to get used to the lock mechanism. I have bought several knives from Blade HQ and am totally satisfied with the shipping and their customer service always replies to my e-mail. They are even honest with their opinions when asked..... and I did. I just had to buy the PM2 in camo with the black blade in S30V.
This is my second Manix2 and is the lighter of the two. I love the color and uniquely inconspicuous pocket clip. The ergonomics and Spydey hole are spot on for consistent easy-opening. The lockup is terrific and there is no blade-play. This is a large Delica on steroids with an axis lock instead of a spine lock - and US made unlike the Delica or Endura. The axis lock on this lightweight Manix2 is a bit tough to close the blade with one hand since the axis lock is firm, and the blade doesn't fall free when released, like with my other heavier Manix2. If you like lightweight American tactical EDCs, this will be sure to please. Thank you.
This knife arrived promptly from BHQ. The blade was razor sharp out of the box. It cut 550 para cord easily. I much prefer the Manix 2 handle material to the FRN that comes on most Spyderco knives. It looks great and provides excellent traction. The ball bearing lock is like a vault. It is actually hard to unlock the knife but hopefully it will loosen a bit with use. I would not worry about this knife closing on you. Another great knife from Spyderco.
Been carrying this knife for a little over a week now and I love it! The bd1 steel holds a great edge and I haven't needed any touch up after some good testing. Super lightweight is also a plus! Very durable! Love the ball bearing lock! Would highly recommend this knife! Buy it here for the best pricing!
This is probably the most comfortable knife I've ever used. It fits nicely in your hand and you'll never have it slip out. GREAT design. Sharpens easily enough, although one thing I didn't like about it is that the tip broke when I forgot it in a pair of pants and washed it. Thats on me though. My biggest complaint about this knife is the spring is really really tough which makes the closing action of it bad. My Griptilian closes so much easier with its Omega spring. I don't regret this purchase one bit. Great knife.
This has been upgraded from BD1 to BD1N. So far it seems to be a pretty reliable steel that holds an edge really well. It's definitely a great deal at its price. And as with every Spyerco knife I've had, it comes razor sharp out of the box. Now, for this price, I don't feel like I can really rate it lower, even with what I don't like about it. So what don't I like about it? -The FRN handle does indeed feel cheap, but it does allow for a decent grip. -The detent is a little too stiff, and as a previous reviewer noted, it's difficult to fix it without increasing the amount of blade play. That also means you need to use a little more force for a thumb or spidey flick. -I knew going into it that the handle was pinned in instead of screwed. I'm not huge on disassembling my knives, but I think if I could open it up, I might be able to work with the detent a little more. -The lock is very secure, but it's a little too stiff when disengaging it. I have fidgeted with it over and over, but it just hasn't had any give. A little give would make it easier to use the lock to wrist-flick the blade open and shut. I feel like the Benchmade Axis Lock reaches a sweet spot that I was hoping I could achieve with this. All in all these are pretty minor negatives to me. The knife is really light, and sometimes I forget that it's in my pocket. If you're not wanting to pull the trigger on a more expensive model, I still feel as though this is a great knife to carry around, especially with the budget-friendly yet improved steel.
Everyone already knows that this is a famously (or infamously) light weight knife. I carried this for two years and I must say it was the most comfortable carry I have ever had. The absence of liners may be a turn off but the handle had not failed on me once; as long as you treat the knife with care and do not over work it. I must also clarify that this is not a hard use knife and should not be treated as such. Since it was so light, I would wear it with basketball shorts and be able to have it in my pocket while playing some games. The steel was decent and served its purpose. It could take a nice edge and keep it for a good amount of time; most of the time it would be good after a couple of strops. The tip is thin, which contributes to the not a hard use knife argument, and it was extremely useful for precision cutting or picking at something. The ball bearing lock is a very strong lock but did get dirty after a while. It didn't have any effect on the performance of the lock, just looked very dusty when I would look at it. The only "major" gripe I have with this knife is the pinned construction. I know its against the rules but I like to take care if my own knives instead of sending them in to Spyderco. After a while, it was a hassle to try and oil the ball bearing; it did become stiff upon opening and closing. However, you may have more precise ways of oiling your blades so take that into account. Overall, I loved this knife but I did have to retire it after a while. If you are looking for a simple EDC knife that does cutting tasks with grace and precision while having a strong lock up then this is the knife for you. Also, if it is common for you to wear light weight clothing then this knife is perfect.
I bought this knife to use at my job as a handyman for a property management company 2 years ago, and it has been a near constant companion ever since. It only leaves my pocket when I want to carry something else for varieties sake or I am going into Boston where the blade is too large (I usually carry a Spyderco Cat then). Like most Spyderco knives it is an ergonomic masterpiece, the only slight hot spot I had was off the clip, and if you can swap it out for the deep carry wire clip, that all but disappears. The only other issue I have with this version of the Manix 2 is the inability to disassemble it, hence the 4 stars. The trade-off for this inability is that it is also thee lightest version of the Manix 2, making it easy to forget you are carrying a knife this large. The BD1 is perfect for a working knife, with a good balance of edge retention and sharpenability, being able to be brought back to sharpness in field conditions. The blade is the standard Spyderco leaf shape, and I have never found myself needing more blade from my pocket knife in the 2 years I have been using it. I 100% recommend it, and if it wasn't for the fact that you cant take it apart to maintain it, I would have given it 5 stars.
This is an excellent knife. It has great ergos with nice finger choils. The blade shape is very useful for all sorts of tasks and the steel can take a very keen edge. I love the wire clip (would be better if deep carry). The only other thing that could make this knife better is if you could take is apart.
Big fan of the PM2 and the Manix 2, so I bought this to try out the BD1 steel and the deep blue scales. Good knife. BD1 seems comparable to VG10 in edge retention, and the plastic handle can seem a bit flimsy at times. It'd be a good backpacking folding knife. Unless you're intentionally going after a lightweight, full size knife... Go with the standard Manix 2.
Great light, capable and ergonomic knife. Knocked a star cuz it's big in pocket.
I have been carrying the manix 2 lightweight for a little over a year now. It is a great blade,super light and it is big. I found it great for backpacking tasks such as food prep. The low weight makes it ideal for long hikes and overnights. The only downsides are the pocket clip and the large footprint in my pocket. I do like the wire clip but wish it would have a deep carry option. When the blade is closed it is wide. It takes up much more pocket space than my PM2 even though the manix 2 is a smaller lenth blade. Still it is an overall winner.
The Manix is an amazing design. This lightweight version is just that, plus the translucent blue handles look great in the sun. This knife has not steel liners and needs none, it is plenty strong. The wire clip is simple yet perfect. I'm not the biggest fan of BD1 steel is why only 4 stars instead of 5. You will forget this knife is in your pocket. If you want more heft, for for the regular Manix 2.
Love how lightweight this knife is yet still very strong. The ergos are perfect and Sonia the lock but it misses on the steel for me. Really prefer something like s30v so I will probably trade for an s110v version in the future. Almost perfect knife if you want easier sharpening
The Dusk Blue finish on this knife is absolutely beautiful, pictures don't do it justice. The BD1 steel is razor sharp out of the box, and for the size of this knife it feels as light as a feather. Perfect for when you want to carry a larger knife and not know its in your pocket. Highly recommend.
Extremely lightweight for its size. The blade shape/grind makes it a great slicer. I want to get one in an upgraded steel.
I like this better than the g10 version. Definitely lighter and the ball lock isn't as tight. The knife is razor sharp out of the box and is easy to sharpen on my edge pro apex. The translucent blue is my favorite version.
I like this knife, but I don't carry it often. I just can't get used to the locking system (Just my opinion). The Axis lock is far superior. But don't let that sway you, there is a lot of good here. The knife is an ergonomic master. This guy is built to cut and cut all day long. Though you might want to get an upgrade in steel for that. BD1 is decent but you might as well pay a little extra and get S30v or S110V. The wire clip makes it an amazing disappear in the pocket kind of knife. The translucent blue also makes this attractive. Aside from me not liking the lock, I really wish this wasn't pined construction. I love to take my knives apart and give them a good cleaning. At some point, I do plan on getting a better version of the Manix. However, if your budget extends below $100, this isn't a bad option.
First review - I really wanted this knife. $100 didn't seem bad for a highly-rated Spyderco. I was especially fond of the color. Once my order arrived, I did like the knife overall. However, I'm just not a fan of the lock release tab. I felt it required an undue amount of pressure or fingertip focus to engage and since my hands can get quite sweaty, I opted to return the knife. Also, i had purchased some lightweight knives just beforehand, like the Bugout, and felt that I'd probably prefer a regular Manix 2 or even the Manix 2 XL for just a bit more heft. Blade steel was fine, grip was great, color was nice. I will say that i do prefer my standard PM3 to the Manix 2 LW.
I have had this knife for 2 years. The blade steel sharpens easily and works well for cutting cardboard, fruit, or sticks (this happens frequently when you have twin toddlers). Unfortunately I have chipped the blade a couple times, not doing anything stupid but just general use in the garage or woods. I have restored the edge but was still surprised the damage happened. The biggest pain point is the wire clip, the damn thing catches on everything getting bent out of shape frequently. I usually remove the clip and bend them back but in two years I have gone through 3 clips. You cannot repair the clip on the knife so waiting to get home is a pain in the ass. The other problem is that the clip bending can cause the FRN scales to start cracking. Overall this knife is nice to use, but I should've gone with a normal Manix, this one is getting retired from outdoor use and tossed in a drawer.
I have 2 of these. 1 in g10 and 1 in frn. The frn version is not as sturdy and feels cheaper made. Still a good knife though.
The knife is great, but the steel is lacking. I’d spend and extra $10-$20 for the S30V version if you can. It’s also tricky to have a smooth action with no blade play.