Manbug vs Ladybug

We would  agree that travel gear is very helpful when traveling. So, you should bring travel gear that suits your needs and conditions.

Well, for those of you who like to do solo traveling, choose a travel gear that is not too expensive and doesn’t have a heavy burden. One of the items that must be brought when traveling is a pocket knife.

Yup, when traveling, a pocket knife can perform a variety of functions. From opening food wrappers, opening bottle caps, cutting ropes, to emergency needs such as repairing other equipment.

Its small size will not take up much space. However, penknives are often a problem at certain airports when carried in a bag that enters the aircraft cabin. So make sure this folding knife is neatly stored in the bag that is kept in the trunk of the plane, yeah.

When it comes to survival, pocket knives are usually usable. Easy to fold and handle makes it easy to draw the knives every time. During a desperate situation, a quick momentum like this should definitely be really helpful.

Handy personality is what most people look after. Everyone wants a fitting knife, both in styles and pocket. As small as a keychain, several brands started to produce smaller-sized knives for delivering more discreteness.

 Manbug Ladybug
Product Dimensions4.46 x 1.25 x 0.25 inches4 x 2 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight0.635 ounces0.739 ounces
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Among other big boys like Hogue, CRKT, Case, or OKC, no one will forget the name of Spyderco. They come with three factors we always love from a pocket knife, it’s handy, cheap, and good-looking. Being dependable and stylish at the same time, which serves its utmost purposes for many people.

Just like its main name, Spyderco always delivers their knives with “buggy” names. The Bug, Ladybug, Manbug, Honeybee or Grasshopper. All of them included as the Bug Set family, and just like a bug, they’re quick, fast, and somehow eye-catching.

However, most Bug Knives are made out of stainless steel materials, known to be light and durable. But the two of them, the most special ones, Ladybug and Manbug, offered to the market by using firmir FRN.

Even though as small as an actual bug (or keychain), the set comes with a strong comfortable grip. Take a look at the Grasshopper for example, it uses the bigger size of all, delivering durable certain grip among others. The size is quite big though, so calling it as a keychain knife would be slimmingly out of place.

Inside the Bug Knives family, there are two children everyone always talks about, Ladybug and Manbug. Their names being so manly and lady-ly, but all of them are obviously genderless. Thanks to Spyderco designs, they are mostly identically cool-looking.

Sitting in between smaller Honeybee and bigger Grasshopper, they often praised their weight and incredible performance. Despite having physical similarities, there’s something to notice in between. Read also: Black and Decker LDX120C vs LD120VA.

Manbug – $ 76

Seeing both the “Man”and “Lady” knives, we’re like, once again, seeing another reflection in a mirror. Despite different in names, both the handy knives do have so much similarities. Starting off from the design, one took straight from each other. However, the history of Manbug can’t be divided from the very owner of Spyderco, the genius brain behind everything. Sal Glesser.

If you’re very familiar with his identity, Glesser is the idea maker of many Spyderco’s knives, including the key-chain ones like Manbug and Ladybug. Ladybug is his favorite among others, being one of the most lightest Spyderco’s knives. High functionality covered up with the most simplicity surely can’t be missed.

With Spyderco’s identity that strongly carries the will of Constant Quality Improvement (CQI), he wanted something better. Ladybug worked really great, and everybody who knows its value would likely agree. But since many of men feel that Ladybug is “a bit loose” to their hands, carrying a knife called with such an adorable name.

Thus, the Manbug was born. Being once again, a small knife that would fit the taste of most men with slightly bigger size for their firmer grasp. Even though it does come with a bigger appearance, it still carries the handy character. Being so called, a keychain knife, Manbug would easily fit in your pocket. Easy-folding system makes it ready to use at any time possible.

Understanding that Manbug and Ladybug are almost the same in appearance, we want to point out some differences. First and foremost is the size. As you may expect it, Manbug does come with bigger size. It’s 4.46 inches when opened, and 2.51 inches when closed. Seeing them side-by-side, you won’t notice the difference, at least for the grip.

The blade also received an upgrade that worth noticing. Not only comes with a bigger length (1.95 inches), it also accompanied with full-flat grind. You can’t find this in Ladybug. It offers a more versatile utility, both for kitchen routines, or cutting anything into smaller pieces with its sharpness.

Outside of that area, everything feels the same. Grip is FRN, with Back Lock system, and material used is VG-10 Steel.

Ladybug – $ 61

Hearing the name “Ladybug”, you would imagine a small humble bug, lingering the garden peacefully unnoticed. But this one, this one stings a lot. It could be a smaller assassin for uncareful prey.

Ladybug is one of the tiniest Spyderco’s knives. Its size is small, really small that you can compare it side by side with your keychain. Both Ladybug and Manbug have a small hole for keychain or lanyard.

Length is a bit smaller with 4.3 inches unfolded and 2.4 inches when closed. Blade length is smaller either, 1.93 inches. Overall characters that we told about in the upper paragraphs are still here, including the VG-10 Steel material, and FRN for handling. But still, it loses something that would be a bit important, the full-flat grind. But even without it, Ladybug still works wonderfully with the charm of efficiency and simplicity.

Manbug vs Ladybug

- POCKET-FRIENDLY - One of Spyderco's smallest lightweight locking knives is the Manbug. Small enough to fit on a keychain, yet capable of taking on serious cutting chores.
- CHOOSE THE BEST FOR YOU - Available with a choice of blade steels and handle colors all of which proudly feature our Trademark Round Hole for convenient, fingernail-free opening.
- LIGHT AND DURABLE - This Manbug handle is fabricated with Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon. FRN is a polymer mixed with glass fiber that is injection molded and formed into a sleek textured handle, creating a lightweight yet high-strength knife handle.
- LOW FRICTION - This knife features a blade ground with flat bevels that extend from the spine all the way to the cutting edge. This grind reduces drag during cutting and decreases overall weight.
- LADYBUG 3 - Spyderco Ladybugs come in a diverse collection of handle and blade materials. Our Ladybugs have a common denominator: they're small, innocuous, cut like the devil, carry well on a keychain and become a tool for everyday life.
- FRN HANDLE - Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon is a polymer mixed with glass fiber then injection molded into formed and textured lightweight high-strength knife handles.
- HAWKBILL BLADE - A sharply curved blade sharpened on the concave side. Designed for cutting with a pulling stroke, it is commonly used by commercial fishermen for cutting line, webbing and netting.
- SPYDEREDGE BLADE - Spyderco's two-step serration patterns consisting of one large and two small serrations. The pattern increases the cutting edge's surface area by up to 24%.


Though come with too many similarities, there’s always a difference that would be a deciding point. This time, it’s the aspect of the blade, full-flat grind that Manbug has. Its size is bigger, but the difference is barely noticeable. So you can say that it’s still carrying The Bug knives family value, being small and dependable.

So for $ 4 in difference for full-flat grind and firmer grip (at least for some people), we would say that Manbug could be our best choice.

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