I understand what your saying. I wanted a US spyderco too. I bought the Manix 2, which is an excellent knife. Its a bit on the heavy side, but it feels solid. And it has great balance in my opinion. I was just checking my others out last night and found that the balance on the manix 2 is best imo. The balance point is right where your index finger fits. My Military I just got yesterday is the same way. Compared to the delica and endura that I own where the balance is more towards the center of the whole knife, about where your middle finger is. Anyway, love my manix and love its ball bearing lock. Solid. I also own a UKPK which is also made in the USA. I believe the Native is USA made also.
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