There are many things in life that you can only truly appreciate once you’ve tried them. A great example is the absolutely tiny and excellent Ladybug keychain knife from Spyderco.
And yes, it’s solid locking knife. And while it’s even smaller than you think until you hold it, you CAN open it with one hand with no problem, and you can get a good grip on it.
I’ve however found I like it free floating in my pocket, along with a couple other small items that I always carry. That way I can just reach in and grab it, without needing to disconnect keys and other items first. It literally disappears in your pocket, and I’ve found I always bring it along, no matter what pants or workout shorts I may be wearing that day.
While I enjoy having a larger folding knife on me as well, for larger tasks (such as the Spyderco Sage 1 or the larger Spyderco Resilience), I find myself reaching into my pocket for the Ladybug in surprisingly many cases. It’s just so handy and so easy to use, that you find yourself using it over your larger blade most of the time.
Just How Small IS The Ladybug? Let’s See…
You can see the Ladybug next to a 9mm FJM bullet, next to regular house key, and alongside a Leatherman Squirt PS4. And… next to the excellent Spyderco Sage 1:
Construction and Price
The handle is standard Spyderco FRN (fiberglass reinforced nylon). Great grip, even while wet, and very light. Also the FRN material does not add extra jingle to your pockets, always a plus lol.
The blade is made of high quality VG-10 steel.
Cost wise, you’re looking at $35 for this knife. Is that a lot for a tiny knife? Depends on who you’re asking and what you use it for. I LOVE my Ladybug and find myself using it more than the larger folder I also like to carry, simply because it’s easy to access and does the job without scaring any onlookers. Quick, simple, done. Great value for what it is.
If you’re looking for dollars per pound value, you can get yourself a nice KA-BAR Kukri machete, nearly 2 pounds of delicious goodness, for about $50. Again, it’s about the right tool for the job. And it’s about value, i.e. utility provided, not cost.
The Ladybug comes in black, an excellent purple color, high visibility yellow (the SALT version), and a more muted “foliage green”, for the color lover in your life!
Ladybug or Manbug?
“So, wait… they have one called a Manbug, and you still got a Ladybug”, my wife asked? Yes, dear, I don’t much care what they call it… the goal was to get the perfect keychain knife, as small as possible, while still usable.
Recently Spyderco came out with a slightly larger version of the Ladybug, called a Manbug. I suspect this is mainly to appease the great multitude of men who love the Ladybug, but have issues carrying a knife called, well, a Ladybug. Man up and get over it. I spent too long comparing and contrasting the two, only to conclude the Ladybug is the one I wanted by a long shot. If you get this knife, it’s because you’re looking for the smallest but still usable keychain sized knife. THIS is it, you don’t want bigger. The Ladybug pairs nicely with a larger folder of course, but that’s another story.
Seriously, get a Ladybug. You’ll be surprised how useful it is, and how frequently you reach for it.
And if you must have the larger version, you can get the Spyderco Manbug here on Amazon.
Excellent review by edgeweapon88:
Great review from BladeHQ:
Another review, from The Jimbo Channel:
And finally, here’s a comparison between the Ladybug and the new Manbug, from BladeOps:
Spyderco Manbug uses (tough little knife)…