Spyderco C101 Manix DLC Cruwear & Purple G10

April 30, 2021

When I first got into knives, in the early nineties, I did my best to find the coolest ‘baddest’ ninja-spec-ops folding & fixed blade knives I could find. Naturally, I picked up plenty of knives with black coated blades. After a while, I moved away from that completely. Now, after more than 20 years, I got my first folder with a black blade again: the DLT Trading exclusive C101 Manix with a cruwear blade and purple G10.

What got me was this amazing cool color combination of the purple G10 and black DLC coated blade. I really like that color combination. The liners are coated as well, inside and out. In fact, the only part of this knife that is not coated are the edge and the part of the tang that interacts with the ball bearing lock. I also like the aesthetics of the laser engraving that comes out white on the DLC coated blade.

Apart from the good looks, I was also drawn to this knife because of the cruwear blade. I’m not a big fan of tool steel blades. Partly because I don’t need -or have a big interest in- the increased cutting performance, but also because these steels are prone to rust. The DLC coating should protect it from any rust, and I only have to maintain the edge and uncoated tang near the pivot. I also figured I’d try and see if this coating holds up to use. The main reason I got away from coated blades in the nineties, was that they would just scratch up in use and lose their coating. So far the knife has seen a little use around the house and it the coating has way outperformed the ‘paint’ that was used 30 year ago. 😉 

Check out the SpydieWiki page for the C101 Manix for more information on its specifications and production history.

Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – Manix 2 Back Lock

March 12, 2017

The Manix 2 was a nice surprise for the Amsterdam Meet. My first Manix, was in fact one of those hefty Mini Manixes with a back lock. This version is a bit bigger and seemed much lighter than the original Mini Manix. The thick G-10 handle slabs come sans liners! I was happy to note that steel threaded inserts are used to fix the clip, something a lefty like me certainly appreciates. The G-10 also features a very fine but still aggressive texture on the surface. This micro texture seems like a nice compromise between going easy on the pocket but still providing a very positive grip in hand. I’m not sure what the lock strength is on this back lock versus the caged ball lock on the regular Manix 2. This back lock should be easier to manipulate with gloves though. 

Overall Length:  20,5 cm / 8.07  inches
Blade Length: 8,5 cm / 3.34 inches
Blade Thickness: 3,5 mm / 0.13 inches
Weight: 127 grams / 4.47 ounces

Spyderco Sprint Run Orange Manix 2

January 23, 2011

If you’d like to start collecting each and every variation of the Spyderco Manix 2, then you’re in for a challenge. In its short lifespan of about a year or so, I think about ten variations have been made! Early on I decided that I wasn’t going to try to collect them all, but if I could get my hands on a nice edition, I’d go for it. I succeeded.

I missed out on the blue sprint run Manix 2 and regretted it ever since. Especially because I got my pre-order in on time but too few knives were delivered to that particular dealer. The Cutlery Shoppe sprint run Manix 2 provided me with a second chance. I always wanted to add a large ‘serious’ bright orange folder to my stable of Spydies, but the orange Military was never quite ‘it’ for me, so I jumped at the opportunity to get this orange Manix 2.

This sprint run Manix 2 features quite a few changes from the regular production model: bright (and I do mean bright) orange G10 handle, full flat ground S30V steel blade and fully skeletonized liners. It feels much lighter than my stock SE Manix 2.

Fit and finish are superb on my sample, definitely no complaints there. The action is just right. It´s amazing how they nailed just the right kind of resistance for opening, while maintaining a smooth as glass opening/closing action. It’s smooth, but only if you ´want´ it to open or close. I just got this knife and I look forward to putting this knife through its paces.

Spyderco Production Prototype Video – Manix 2 FRN

March 20, 2010

A brief tour of the Manix 2 FRN prototype and some comparisons to the original Manix 2, by Eric Glesser at the IWA Show in Nuremberg, Germany.