Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
I carry this knife everyday, all day. If I don't have a sturdy knife clipped to my pocket, I feel naked. I've been sold on Spyderco knives since I bought an Endura 15 years ago. It has taken a lot of abuse and is still one of my favorite knives. The Manix 2 XL is like an Endura on steroids. Everything is bigger and the lock is a lot stronger. Mine was very sharp out of the box and holds an edge very well.Even though the handle and blade are broad, it is much flatter than I expected. This makes it ride in the pocket really well. It is large, but not gigantic. There is still room for my iPhone in the same pocket, depending on the pants. I've read review elsewhere that the lock is hard to use. I don't understand that--it seems like a very natural design to me. Maybe those reviews were written by children.I'm impressed by this knife. I'm even more pleased at the price, considering it was made in the US. Tough to find a good domestic blade anywhere close to $100.