Reviewed 01/12/2013 by abu uzayr
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-Used for Other
-Owned for 3 months
Got the XL a few months ago after hunting fruitlessly for a Chinook for several months. Why a Chinook? I was after a rock solid backlock seemingly strong enough to execute a backcut - not that I would ever have the inclination to ever use a backcut! Was just after a bankvault-like backlock. Then I realised that my original Manix used the same platform as the Chinook. So I EDC'd my 4mm thick S30V Manix for several weeks. The broad leaf shaped blade of the Manix never really appealed to me, but I took a liking to it after purchasing a Manix Blue lightweight overseas last year and abusing my Manix on a 2 week camp and a weeklong roadtrip. But before camp and roadtrip I go some withdrawal symptoms from not getting a new blade in a few months, so I "settled" for a Manix XL. Having had the opportunity a few months ago to pickup this knife - I didn't because a hated the jeweled look of the in-handle jimping - way to shiny and blingy! So you see my reluctance in settling for the Manix XL. I have EDC'd the damned thing every day since I got it (barring camp and roadtrip). I have also made up my mind that it is one of my goto knives for "those unplanned camping trips in the Hadramaut Valley"! This is a helluva knife and beats my original Manix 95 hands down due to the ball bearing lock, lighter overall weight and thinner blade (giving much improved non-camp cutting performance).
Comment by abu uzayr 04/14/2014
Have again EDC'd my Manix XL for several months before a overseas vacation and 3 weeks after. Incidentally I had to EDC my Benchmade Pardue 3550 when overseas. But the Manix XL continues to impress me. Sal and Eric really nailed this one. Its pros include: S30V blade and Spyderco heat treat, FFG blade, large blade, finger choil, g10 handle scales, ball bearing lock which I feel is better (stronger and more reliable) than Benchmade's Axis Lock and I wish that Spyderco would machine a Civilian in S30V and an axis lock! I'm still not sold 100% on the leaf blade shape, but for someone who's full of crap, the total Spyderco Manix XL package beats all my other folders including other Spydercos at this point.