I've known about Spyderco for many (many!) years, but avoided/shunned them because they were so different and expensive. I usually bought SAK's and kept them for many years, and lately multitools. Recently, my interest in quality knives has grown and as a result I have bought 2 SOG's in the past 2 years. I was lucky enough to be able to return the last one for a store credit. Both SOG's were poorly finished and assembled, and made with mediocre materials. In my opinion, they are all hype and marketing these days.
Last week I was gifted a Spyderco Manix 2. Wow! The fit and finish are very good, bordering on great. The blade pivot was adjusted perfectly for no drag or play. The blade grinds are smooth and uniform. The blade lock is impressive for its simplicity and ease of operation. The ergonomics work well for my larger hands. And it is an ambidextrous knife, which can't be a bad thing. I can't speak to any other model of Spyderco knife, but I can say that I won't be avoiding them any longer.
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I too have been unpressed with SOG's. I bought a Salute before getting the Tenacious and was severely disappointed. The design of the handle is poor, and the pivot is crappy... no way to get it to open smoothly w/o blade play. No such problem on the Tenacious I have. I also far prefer the opening hole compared to those nasty little studs that dig into your thumb and are irregularly placed, so that you end up having to open two very similar knives with completely different hand holds.
Nice score on the Manix! I'm jonesing for one of the new Manix 2 XL models.