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52100 KW Exclusive Manix

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by T.L.E. Sharp, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. M. Johnwell

    M. Johnwell

    Jan 8, 2015
  2. blame it on god

    blame it on god Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    I'm really thinking about picking one up, but I'm not a fan of DCL coated knives.
  3. marthinus


    Dec 10, 2006
  4. DRLyman

    DRLyman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2016
    I broke down and ordered one. The Manix is my favorite Spyderco knife. The Dark Knight reference pushed me over the edge :)
    JackTheKnifeGuy likes this.
  5. AwayFromMySpydieHole


    Jan 30, 2017
    Honest question, why do people get so hyped over 52100? It's basically like having a manix in 1095.

    I absolutely love the aesthetics of this knife but the 52100 puts me off.
  6. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    Probably the edge stability and the ease of sharpening for the amount of edge retention. It is not a "super steel" but it is a good one, none the less. Also, this knife simply looks good.
    JackTheKnifeGuy likes this.
  7. blame it on god

    blame it on god Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    It's easy enough to sharpen to a scary sharp edge. Toothy or high polish. It holds an edge pretty well. Not the best, but still very good IMO.

    That and it's an excuse to buy another of my favorite spyderco models. Lol

    I just wish it wasn't coated.
  8. JackTheKnifeGuy

    JackTheKnifeGuy Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2017
    Also 52100 can take a super thin keen edge, great for whittling.
    A.S. and T.L.E. Sharp like this.
  9. brute steel

    brute steel

    Jan 27, 2018
    I wonder how they were able integrate DLC on 52100 when coating temperature process ranges from 350-400 Degrees. which in most cases can ruin any heat treat.
  10. Kels73


    Feb 20, 2012
    52100 is only like 1095 as it regards corrosion resistance and ease of sharpening. Beyond that, 52100 has better edge retention, greater strength and toughness, and a fine grain structure which allows it to take a keener edge when heat treated properly. In my opinion, it's some pretty sweet steel if you don't mind the increased maintenance.

    As for the high-vanadium super steels, a low alloy steel like 52100 provides a refreshing change of pace. I love the edge retention of my S110V Manix 2, but I also love the ease of sharpening and the fine edge that 52100 can take.
    skwurll, shqxk, shaztec and 1 other person like this.
  11. SpyderPhreak

    SpyderPhreak Rocketman for hire Platinum Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    That information is not quite correct on a couple different levels. While most DLC is applied in a vacuum chamber, many of the newer processes are done at temperatures of less than 300 degrees F.

    And while temperatures of 350-400 degrees F can affect some HT protocols, that range does not affect all HT protocols. Many of the good HT protocols for 52100 have a double temper at 400-450 degrees F for 2 hours each. 10-15 minutes even at 400 degrees F isn't likely to have an affect.
  12. Gizler00

    Gizler00 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Just ordered one of these. It will be my first Manix 2.
    marcus52AR and grownstar like this.
  13. toxophilus

    toxophilus Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2015
    Just snagged one off the Exchange, looking forward to it!
    Popsickle and JackTheKnifeGuy like this.
  14. Gizler00

    Gizler00 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Mine just arrived today. I’m blown away by the Manix. It’s a lot more heavy duty than I imagined. I cannot believe how solid the lock up is. I was under the impression that it was going to feel like the axis lock. But it is way stiffer and tighter.

    Part of my hesitation was that I hesitated because I assumed it would be like the axis. Which I like, but do not care for the omega springs.

    Now I’m wishing I would have picked up one of these things earlier. I truly think, next to my delica’s, that it is my favorite Spyderco so far to date.
  15. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    Still loving mine as well, really digging the colors. I haven't used it much so haven't sharpened it yet. But now I'm curious on this ease of sharpening and keen edge you guys speak of.

    I've never owned a knife with 52100, what would you guys do? Touch it up on the Sharpmaker at 40 degrees or break out the KME and go to town? For those who have one of these and sharpened it, what is the factory angle? What would you sharpen it to?
  16. blueblur


    Feb 25, 2009
    I haven’t used my Manix yet but have been carrying my 52100 PM2 a lot lately. I ended up reprofiling to 30 degrees and use the sharpmaker for easy touch ups. It’s the easiest steel to sharpen I’ve ever worked with. I rolled a small section of the edge and it only took a few passes on the mediums to get back to hair popping again. Truly an awesome steel if you’re aware of the low corrosion resistance and don’t mind some what frequent but fast touch ups.
  17. skwurll


    Oct 12, 2008
    30 inclusive should be no problem with 52100. You could probably go even a bit more acute with this steel w/out issue.
    jpm2 and Cscotttsss like this.
  18. Gizler00

    Gizler00 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Really loving this Manix In 52100. I have one other knife in it but it never sees use at all. It’s a custom that I got from a friend. So I never really put it to the test.
    I can say that after a few days, I am very surprised by this steel. I have opened numerous cardboard boxes, then cut them up, did some food processing,some whittling, had to cut up an electrical cord on a tv that I’m getting rid of. And after all that, it’s still crazy sharp and the edge is perfect.

    I really love the ergo’s of This thing as well.
  19. dreadpirate


    Jan 16, 2015
    Happy with mine.


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