So you’re looking for the perfect small carry knife… Either to complement a larger folder for Every Day Carry, or as a standalone blade. You’re considering the Spyderco Ladybug, the Dragonfly, and the Tasman Salt Hawkbill. But which one shall it be? How do these knives truly compare, side by side?
As I’ve often mentioned, there’s a glaring problem with Spyderco knives. In short, they’re pretty damn awesome. By that, I specifically mean a combination of great engineering, excellent build quality, good ergonomics, and quite a variety of designs to choose from, to meet your specific needs. The problem is, a Spyderco knife is essentially a gateway drug to other Spyderco knives. Sigh…
The Spyderco Ladybug is perhaps the smallest truly usable knife in common use. Meaning you can actually open it with one hand, it locks, and you actually get some semblance of a grip on it, enough to do some actual precise cutting with it.
And it’s so incredibly small, it’s a perfect keychain knife, or a perfect free-floating bottom of the pocket knife to always have on you.
But some of us may want something a little more hearty, and more badass Ladybug, if you will. Enter the Spyderco Dragonfly.
The Dragonfly is a Ladybug on steroids. The blade is hardly bigger, but the handle is larger, making the knife far, far more usable. It’s also more beefy and solid, and particularly handy in the serrated form. And while it may be a bit large for a keychain, it still fits great in the free-floating bottom of the pocket role.
The Tasman Salt
Problem is… once you’re carrying a Dragonfly, you might take a look at the slightly larger, even MORE badass option.
The Spyderco Tasman Salt (review coming soon), with its beautiful and ridiculously useful hawkbill blade. Serrated, of course, for your pleasure.
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Which One Will It Be?
For me, this is a matter of choosing the right tool for the job… I personally like having all 3, and choosing the right one to fit my needs that day. Even if I always tend to go for the larger one.