The McNees PM MAC 2 is a mid-sized modern folder with a fantastic action and a seriously solid build. As far as feel and impressions, it reminds us a bit of some of Hinderer’s work, not in looks as much as in quality and feel. It’s a heck of a mid-sized daily carry that’s entirely made in the USA.
The PM stands for Performance Machined, but don’t let that fool you. This fabulous folder is 100% made in the USA. This was a vitally important point for custom knifemaker and Marine veteran Jonathan McNees. He wanted to bring a more affordable knife to market, but only if he could have it entirely made in America. Although many parts of the knife have been outsourced, McNees tells us that “a good portion of the work is done right here in [his] shop, including fitting locks, detents and sharpening.”
The MAC 2 features a 3” CPM 20CV drop point blade with a blade thickness of 0.14”. It’s a manual folder with thumb studs and the action is both smooth and highly fidget worthy. It rides on caged bearings and has a ceramic detent ball. There’s a bit of jimping along the thumb ramp for an outstanding grip when you choke up on the knife.
It’s a titanium framelock that manages to hit that sweet, sweet mid-sized folder range that’s a perfectly pocket friendly carry. It has a solid feel in hand and makes an outstanding work knife. At about 3.625” closed and weighing about 3.36 ounces, it’s small enough to ride easy in your pocket but is stout enough to do just about any EDC task you set it to. It has a titanium, tip-up pocket clip and lanyard hole.
- CPM 20CV, Stonewash or Satin Finish
- 3” Drop Point
- 0.14” Blade Thickness
- Manual Folder with Caged Ceramic Bearings
- Ambidextrous Thumbstuds
- Ceramic Detent Ball
- Titanium Handles
- Titanium Tip-Up Pocket Clip
- Lanyard Hole
- 3.36 Ounces
- 3.625” Closed
- 6.625” Overall
- Made in the USA
The McNees PM MAC 2 is a solidly built, sturdy mid-size framelock. It’s made with quality materials, and it’s an easy ride in your pocket. If you’re interested in this knife, click any link in the article or simply click the button below.
All images courtesy of Smoky Mountain Knife Works – smkw.com.