- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.2 x 0.2 inches ; 0.6 ounces
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- ASIN: B006C0E78S
- Item model number: 400467
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
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Spyderco Manbug black FRN PlainEdge
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- Manufacturer: Spyderco
- Spyderco Manbug black frn PlainEdge
- Clipless. Lanyard hole.
- Backlock w/ David Boye Dent
- Backlock w/ David Boye Dent
- Flat Ground VG-10 Blade
- FRN Bi-Directional Texturing
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The ManBug is a uniquely practical folder designed by Spyderco founder, Sal Glesser. As the founder of the company, Glesser has, through the years, carried virtually every knife Spyderco produced, as well as many prototypes and special models that never went into production. Despite the wide array of knives available to him, the one he carries most often is the Spyderco ladybug is a small, go-anywhere clipless folder that rides in the pocket. Anyone who has ever used a ladybug knows that it cuts with an Authority far beyond its size. However, as part of Spyderco Quest for C.Q.I. (Constant quality improvement), Glesser decided to make it even better. And, for anyone whose male ego made it difficult for them to carry a "ladybug," he also made life easier. The result is the ManBug, an amazingly handy cutting tool that is more at home in larger hands while still fitting inconspicuously in a pocket or even on a Keychain.
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The full flat grind allows the knife to slice deeply with minimal friction. I also have the Ladybug Salt H1 knife, and the Manbug beats it hands down in slicing performance, despite being practically identical in size. The VG10 steel takes and holds a sharp edge well, and has decent corrosion resistance. The blade is quick to deploy with one-handed opening, and the lockback mechanism holds it open securely.
There are two minor issues which could be improved upon. The deployment hole edges were too sharp for my liking, which I fixed with a diamond rod. Also, the handle was too square around the edges compared to the Ladybug, meaning it was noticeably less comfortable, and would cause hot spots and blisters during hard use. I fixed that problem by smoothing the handle around the edges with some steel wool.
Then there's also the bigger Spyderco issue of uneven grinds on the blade. Of the several Spyderco knives I own, all of them have uneven grinds, and this one is no exception. When other knife makers like Victorinox can get perfect blade grinds for half the price, I find the sloppy grinds from Spyderco unacceptable. So my practically new Manbug went to the sharpening stone to fix that defect. At least this one had the blade well centered, unlike some of the others.
With that said, I still find the Manbug to be the most competent and capable key chain knife I've seen. The design is well thought out, and the construction is solid. With some basic tools, the nagging imperfections can be smoothed out, and I'm pleased with the resulting product.
I almost wish this came with a mega-tiny clip so I could put it on my belt. As funny as it would look, it would be very convenient compared to digging in my back pocket for it every time I need it.
True, the blade is wider on the Manbug than on the Ladybug, and so is the handle, but the only important issue is whether the Spydie hole is sufficiently large enough to open the blade one-handed. Yes, it is; but it's also large enough on the current generation Ladybugs to open easily. (That wasn't always the case, the first Ladybug's had a tiny opening hole that was difficult to use.)
Although the Manbug and Ladybug perform equally in the hand, to my eyes the Ladybug looks tiny and the Manbug looks robust. That is purely psychological, however, since handle and blade lengths are virtually identical no matter what the specs say.
SO which one would I recommend? I recommend the Ladybug since it seems to be priced $5 lower, and since you can get more blade variations and handle colors and even steels. There just isn't that amount of variety in the Manbug line.
I prefer the plain edge, conventional blade shape in both lines; but the SpyderEdge edition (full serrations) is intriguing as a last ditch survival knife - if you are thinking or cutting a seatbelt in a car wreck (of course only in the fantasies of knife owners do seat belts routinely jam in car wrecks). Of course if faced with the prospect of a self-administered emergency tracheotomy (the most common Bear Gryll's hypothetical need for a 1 7/8" key chain blade), you are better served by the plain edge, unless you like that raggedly self-administered tracheotomy look. In terms of cutting rope and fabric, serrated is best; for everyday chores, and certainly for ease in sharpening, plain edge is best.
(Let's be honest: these things excel for opening our ever anticipated orders from Amazon, and for opening the continually disappointing snail mail that still arrives (since most of us do our bills online, about all that arrives in the mail these days are pleas for donations).
Both the Manbug and the Ladybug also provide fodder for stories told to knife loving friends - as in, how someone inevitably gasps when you pull out one of these tiny things to cut string or open a package, and derisively asks, "you carry a KNIFE!". No, urban sheeple, the sort of real (anything less than 5" is "sort of real") knife is in our pocket.