Spyderco Manix 2 Review – Should You Buy This Knife?

spyderco Manix 2

The Manix 2 (M2) is one of Spyderco’s most popular folding knives that costs $157.95.

After just one look at it you’ll see why!

Its extra-wide handle feels good in your hands, and its blade is a bit longer than other models in the Spyderco family of folders.

It’s one of the toughest EDC (every day carry) knife out there, and you can use it for a host of purposes.

In our review of its 2nd generation, we’ll take a look at its specs and compare it to other versions made by this company!

Spyderco Company – The Proud Brand from Colorado

Spyderco is based in Golden, Colorado. The company admits that their knives are a bit “peculiar” and they pride themselves on that. What is more, it has introduced new and sometimes radical innovations in the industry, including serrations on folding versions as well as one-hand opening designs.

This company is constantly researching and developing new blades, and it is well-known for producing high quality products designed for performance and ergonomic comfort!

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1. Leaf Shaped 3.375″ Blade Made from High Carbon Steel

Manix 2 blade

The Manix 2 is a folding knife on steroids. Its blade is made of high carbon steel (154CM) and produced right in the company’s hometown of Golden, Colorado. This model is one of the company’s strongest knives to date.


  • Length – 3.375”
  • Thickness – 3mm
  • Material – Crucible CPM S30V

The blade itself is made from Crucible CPM S30V, which is a stainless steel that’s tough, corrosion resistant and wear resistant. It’s flat-ground, leaf shaped and features thumb serrations, or jimping, that sit just above the knife’s 14mm round hole. The “spyder hole” allows for comfortable one-handed deployment.

Keep in mind: The scales have full steel liners and jimpings that extend past the G-10 handle scales!

2. Smooth Ball Bearing Lock

tang of Manix 2

The blade is impressive, but what about its tang? This model features a hard-use rated, ball bearing lock that is housed in a high-tech polymer cage.

Keep in mind: This allows the lock to self-adjust smoothly and consistently.

3. Ergonomic G-10 Handle with Firm Grip

Manix 2 G-10 Handle

Spyderco prides themselves on designing ergonomic knives and the handle of the Manix 2 (about 4.5” long) is proof of that. It’s G-10 material is comfortable to grip, and it’s designed in such a way that you’ll never drop it – even with gloves on!

Like we mentioned earlier, the jimping extends past the handle scales to add to its non-slip properties. The full steel liners are lightweight, but they also add strength to the it.

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The question of the hour – what is the Manix 2 good for?

This model is a hard-use rated folding knife, which means it’s one of the toughest and most durable “folders” out there. It can be used for:

  • Tactical purposes
  • Chopping
  • Slicing
  • Even batoning (not ideal for this, but it is still possible)

Keep in mind: It can also be handy in certain survival situations and when hunting.

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  • Made from high carbon Crucible CPM S30V steel.
  • Smooth and consistent lock-up.
  • Solid, ergonomic grip.
  • 14mm Spyderco Round Hole for one-handed deployment.
  • Hard-use rated.


  • A little heavy.
  • Closure may be stiff at times.

Please note: The Spyderco, like any other knifes on the market, has plenty of pros but a few cons to consider too!

My Comparison of Manix 2 with 3 Other Models

1. Versus Para Military 2 ($217.95)

Para Military 2

If you’re a knife enthusiast, one of the first questions you’ll ask is how the Manix 2 compares to the Para Military 2 (PM2).

  • First noticeable difference between the two is the shape of the blade. The M2 sports a “leaf”, while the Para Military 2 is a bit narrower.
  • In terms of specifications, the PM2 is little lighter and its blade is longer.
  • The Manix 2 has a deeper handle. Both are made from G-10, but the PM2 has a finer pattern detail.

It also uses a different locking mechanism: the Compression Lock. To be honest, the Ball Bearing lock on M2 version is a bit more sophisticated.

My verdict:

Truthfully, it’s hard to tell the difference between these two knives. They look almost exactly the same. Even the steel used to create the blades are nearly identical.

2. Versus Sage 3 ($249.95)

Spyderco Sage 3

The Sage 3 (S3) is another folding knife from Spyderco that’s very similar (appearance-wise). The blade is a bit shorter at exactly 3” (and thinner as well), but the same steel is used to create it.

  • Overall, the S3 is a bit lighter coming in at 3.5 oz versus the M2’s 5 oz. weight.
  • Both feature G-10 handles (the S3’s scales are blue).
  • The S3 has a Blackie Collins Bolt Action Lock, while the other model uses the Ball Bearing.

Some people aren’t a fan of the Manix 2’s locking mechanism. If that’s the case, the Sage 3 may be a better option for you!

My verdict:

Both models are great folding knives, but the M2 is preferred because of its longer blade length and thickness. Its locking mechanism is also more sophisticated and easier to deploy with one hand.

3. Versus Native 5 ($219.95)

Spyderco Native 5

The Native 5 (N5) is a bit smaller and features a CPM S35VN blade (nitrogen-hardened) that is thinner and shorter than the M2, but the N5 model is also more lightweight (just 3.7 oz).

  • Both handles are made from G-10 material, but the N5 has a finer texture pattern. The grip is still excellent, but not quite as good as the Manix 2. It’s narrower too. We like the way the M2 feels in your hand better.
  • The locking mechanisms are also different on these knives. The N5 uses a Bush Pivot System to open and close the blade while the M2 uses a Ball Bearing Lock.

Many prefer the Native 5, but it’s really just a matter of personal preference and what you plan on doing with the knife. The N5 is lighter, which means you won’t feel it in your pocket like you would with the M2 model. That might make it a better option for hunting.

My verdict:

You really can’t go wrong with either knife. Both are exceptional quality and stay incredibly sharp even after intensive use.

My 3 Best Places to Get This Model

This is a high quality knife, and that demands a higher price tag. But at $157 and change, this is an affordable option for anyone in need of a reliable and quality folding product.

If you want to invest in it, then I highly recommend to visit these places:

  • Spyderco.com – Official website offers this product for $157.95.
  • Amazon.com – There are various discounts offered and you can expect to pay between $67.89 – $126.16 (as of 03/08/2015 12:53 PST – Details)!
  • KnifeCenter.com – Here you can get yours with G-10 handle with 36% discount ($96.95).

Keep in mind: You can purchase the same on Amazon for about $128!

My Final Verdict on This Knife!


The Manix 2 is a folder that, well, everyone should have in their collection. It may be a bit heavier than other Spyderco knives, but it gets the job done and it does it well.

With a high carbon blade and no-slip grip, this is a knife that you can use while hunting, in survival situations and in some cases, for tactical purposes.


With Spyderco’s high quality construction and the knife’s ability to be deployed with a single hand, I highly recommend this blade!

About Jim Worthersky

Hi, my name is Jim and my motto to live by is: Hope for the best while prepare for the worst. My hobbies are swimming, hiking, hunting, scouting & crafting.

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