Manly Patriot Knife Review

Great value in a durable, light weight, medium sized every day fixed blade carry knife.

Manly Patriot

Manly Patriot Fixed Blade Knife



MANUFACTURER:Manly Canada
MODEL:02ML001a
PRICE:$69.97
SOURCE:Manly Canada
KEY FEATURES:
Overall Length:8-3/16"
Blade Length:3-11/16"
Blade Steel:D2
Handle Scale:G-10
Blade Grind:Flat ground, 15° bevel
Tip Style:Drop Point
Weight:4.4 oz.
Includes:
Kydex sheath
 Warranty:Lifetime

Manly Canada is the official distributor of the Manly line of handmade knives from Bulgaria. Currently they have three different models available, including the Manly Patriot, a fixed blade medium sized every day carry (EDC) knife, weighing in at 4.4 ounces and with an overall length of just over 8". The knife features a drop point design that makes it excellent as an all-purpose knife. It's a design I particularly like as it provides good control when slicing or paring. In general I find drop point knives have excellent tip stength. And, the thick 9/32" spine means you can use the knife for batoning without worrying about breaking the blade.

The Patriot comes in three formats – with either D2 or CPM 154 steel blade and G10 or Ironwood handle. The model I tested has a D2 blade and G10 handle.

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Blade

At this price point ($70) D2 steel is good value in a EDC knife, and you'll find it used by quite a few manufacturers. D2 is characterized as a high-carbon, high-chromium, semi-stainless steel with 12% chromium. It's also designated as 1.2379 steel. What you get with D2 is high strength, shock-resistance, abrasion resistance, and, what I find most important, excellent edge holding ability. On the hardness scale a D2 blade will be about Rockwell 62.

The flat ground blade has a 15-dregee edge bevel, and for most people it's sharp enough to go straight to work. Otherwise, a few minutes honing will put a razor sharp edge on the blade. 

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Handle

The handle on the Patriot – roughly 11/16" x 15/16" in cross-section – is very nice indeed. G-10 is a glass-based epoxy resin laminate that is very strong and durable. Its water impermeable, and won't shrink or soften over time. It has a slightly scalloped surface that makes it very pleasing to hold. It's smooth, yet doesn't slip, even when your hands are wet. At the butt is a lanyard hole – which I'll never use it, though I think it adds a nice visual effect. There is a matching hole on the top of the handle, just above the bolster that secures the knife in the sheath. 

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Sheath

The material used in the sheath is one of my all time favourites. Kydex is a thermoplastic acrylic-polyvinyl chloride composite material that is exceptionally durable and impervious to the elements. It's the same material used in high end handgun holsters. It makes for a very light weight sheath that is virtually indestructible.

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There is a dimple on the inside of the sheath that mates with the steel rimmed hole on the top of the handle. Once the knife is inserted into the sheath you can be confident that it won't inadvertently slip out, regardless of the angle you wear the sheath – even carrying the knife handle down. In fact there is a lanyard hole at the base of the sheath should you want to carry the knife suspended from your neck – though the Patriot is too long, in my view, to be used as a neck knife.

Surprisingly, you don't have to struggle with the knife to remove it from the sheath – just a firm pull is all it takes. There is a curved lip on the top end of the sheath that you can press your thumb against to provide a bit of extra purchase. 
There is also a weep hole on the bottom of the sheath for water drainage.

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If you're looking for a highly functional fixed blade knife for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or you just want a sturdy knife for use around the shop or home, then you'll want to check out the Manly Patriot. Fit and finish are first class and at $70 it's excellent value.
 
 

Additional Photos

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5/16" thick spine along handle
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Perfectly flat grind
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Won't slip out of the sheath
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Comfortable to hold


 

Author: 
Carl Duguay
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