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Manix 2 not for me

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Cowboyfromhell666, May 29, 2019.

  1. GronK

    GronK Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 1, 2001
    That can be problematic as well. An unintended closing or opening can ruin one's day. Love me some axis locks but the ease comes with some danger.
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  2. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    You're returning a knife that you carried for days?
  3. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Spyderco's ball bearing lock is superior to BM's axis lock. 9 out 10 axis locks will develop that notorious up/down lock rock. With Spyderco's BB lock, there's no up/down blade movement at all.

    BITEME Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    I had one about 7 years ago that was crazy stiff,sent it back now it's great
  5. Sergeua

    Sergeua Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    Return it and go buy one from the store where you can find one you like. Don't let that hurt finger go in vain
    Last edited: May 29, 2019
  6. marrenmiller

    marrenmiller Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 6, 2017
    I just meant without it requiring conscious thought or much effort. I've personally never closed one accidentally, but I guess it's theoretically possible. Have you experienced that before?
  7. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I know everyone is different and the lock type or how they prefer it to work ...

    I have never had any of my Manix 2s have any issue not closing easily ...

    I never noticed a real "break in" period on them but it may get smoother as you use them ... I never payed much attention as the worked well.

    I will second for longevity I find Spyderco's bearing lock to perform far after the few BM axis locks had developed some play.
    Last edited: May 29, 2019
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  8. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    The stiff spring plus the smallish purchase surface area of the lock was enough to let mine go. Still got the ol' PM2 though. :cool::thumbsup:
  9. GronK

    GronK Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 1, 2001
    Yes. Several times until I started setting the pivot with some friction, just shy of "fall free".
  10. soc_monki


    Apr 5, 2019
    No problems with either of my manixes. Once you get the technique down it's easy to use and it's not that hard. Both of mine are also drop shut free with no play.

    I did have to get some finger strength built up though, just take a day off, the go back to using it the next day. Don't skip leg day! You'll be fine!
  11. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    Mine was fairly stiff to begin with. I say just keep using it. The more you use it you're hands will toughen and the spring won't be as stiff either.
    The combination of those two things will leave you with a smooth operating knife and a tougher thumb.
    Mine has broken in to the point that it closes one hand every bit as easy as my PM2.

    Plus a slightly convexed edge on S110v from hand sharpening is crazy sharp and very tough. :)
  12. mwhich50

    mwhich50 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    That's what I was thinking. The OP should sell it if it is not defective. My Manix is fine. I really don't pay too much attention to opening, and closing subtleties. I have a bunch of knives that are "uncomfortable" to open, and close. My extremely stiff Cold Steel Rajah 2 will chop off your fingertip if you slip off of the thumb stud. I don't mind opening it with two hands.
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  13. Cowboyfromhell666


    May 13, 2019
    I'm returning it after carrying it only 5 days because of a 14 day return period and I don't want to get stuck with a $160 knife I don't like.....so there ya go
  14. Cowboyfromhell666


    May 13, 2019
    I have a dozen spydercos I do like, thought the manix 2 would be a nice addition. Just not for me...
  15. extrastout

    extrastout Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Never had a Benchmade long enough to experience this lock rock. where did you get these stats?....and where did you get the stats that a BB lock does not get lock rock? I'm intrigued
  16. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    No stats. I've owned tons of BM and Spydies over the last 20 years. From my personal experience, you can make a blade move up and down on an axis lock. Not so much with a BB lock.
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  17. JBC6650

    JBC6650 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    There's a tool for every job...
    In this case opening and closing the knife is the job. that must make you the Tool.
  18. extrastout

    extrastout Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    I did not know the BB lock or the axis lock were that old of a design for these makers. Thanks for the heads up
  19. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    The axis lock is actually older than 20 years. It came out in the model 710 in the mid 90s I believe. BB lock from Spyderco came along a little later.
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  20. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    Yeah a lot of Axis locks have up and down play right out of the box. I prefer the Ball Bearing lock for lack of play and stronger spring that gives me greater confidence that an accidental disengagement won't happen.
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