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Manbug Pics!

Postby WireEdge Roger » Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:46 am

I just got my Manbug. I like it, but the differences between it and the Ladybug are very subtle.

The handle is wider and thicker across the back than the Ladybug 3, the molded handle texture is blockier and more aggressive on the Manbug, and the FFG VG-10 blade and lock are thicker on the Manbug. It also has a screw adjustable pivot.

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Postby pmbspyder » Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:50 am

sweet, thanks for the pics. still on the fence on this one. would you recommend?
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Postby WireEdge Roger » Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:52 am

Not sure, it's really similar to the Ladybug! It does have just enough addtional heft and thickness to qualify it as "manly" though! :D

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Postby Jay_Ev » Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:18 am

Very nice, thanks for the pics, these are the first pics I've seen of the FRN model. Equally impressive is that FFG Tom Krein H1 yellow Ladybug. I bet that thing slices like no other :)
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Postby The Deacon » Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:21 pm

Thanks for the comparison pics Roger. Interesting to see how little difference there is. I have one on the way from NGK, so by sometime next week I'll be able to judge for myself whether the differences are worth the roughly 25% higher price.
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Postby dj moonbat » Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:08 pm

Given the use cases that typically present themselves for a knife that small (and unlined), it's really tough for me to understand why one would prefer thicker blade stock. Is one ever going to be leaning into a cut hard enough that the extra thickness would help?
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Postby Evil D » Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:13 pm

They're subtle but i see a lot of differences. The entire handle is bigger, in every direction...longer, taller, the grip is thicker but i think that's more a result of the thicker blade. The blade itself is totally different, the edge profile and height of the spine and thickness and it clearly has more cutting edge. The hole is also larger.

I made a thread about a stronger Ladybug last year, this is just about everything i wanted to see. I know most people will disagree but i'd even like to see tiny little nested liners just to make the pivot as stout as it can be (i'll probably look into the bolstered version hoping that'll give similar pivot strength, and i'm holding my breath for a stainless version). Yeah weight would increase and so would price but think about it like this...if you can only carry a knife this small then why not have the most badass knife you can have in this size? Just because it's small doesn't mean it can't be capable.
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Postby The Deacon » Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:51 pm

I'd say you're in luck David. Between the liners and bolsters, the pivot on bolstered G-10 Manbug should be quite sturdy.
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Postby sal » Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:26 pm

Thanx Roger,

Very nice pics, as usual.

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Postby wsdavies » Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:54 pm

I think the big diff. will be in the G-10 version vs. the frn Ladybug. My only prob. with knives this size is I tend to misplace them. I had an H-1 Ladybug and haven't seen it since August. Having moved from Co to Wy I doubt I'll ever find it.
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Postby Timbo114 » Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:08 pm

Thanks .. Nice pics!
And thank You Sal!


I just bought mine from Howes "bin" (better hurry)

Now on to the next Manbug iteration ...

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Postby Evil D » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:10 pm

The Deacon wrote:I'd say you're in luck David. Between the liners and bolsters, the pivot on bolstered G-10 Manbug should be quite sturdy.
Wait are you saying it actually DOES have nested liners?
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Postby dj moonbat » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:35 pm

Evil D wrote:Wait are you saying it actually DOES have nested liners?
No, on the bolstered version I think the liners are full-length.
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Postby The Deacon » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:53 pm

dj moonbat wrote:No, on the bolstered version I think the liners are full-length.
Yes, exactly. It has liners, but they'r full, not nested.
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Postby jackknifeh » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:05 pm

WireEdge Roger wrote:I just got my Manbug. I like it, but the differences between it and the Ladybug are very subtle.

The handle is wider and thicker across the back than the Ladybug 3, the molded handle texture is blockier and more aggressive on the Manbug, and the FFG VG-10 blade and lock are thicker on the Manbug. It also has a screw adjustable pivot.

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Nice pictures. In the picture with the Manbug on top of the LB salt, is the Manbug blade open and locked? The lock button sure does look like it's down and not quite locked like the blade is not open all the way. Where the blade touches the lock bar also looks a little off line. Just curious.

I think I would like a Manbug.

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Postby Blerv » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:48 pm

Looks like a more confidence inspiring knife if only in perception. Looks comfortable too.

My only gripe is the extra belly and of course the thicker grind might not slice as well. The zdp ladybug might reign supreme but time will tell.
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Postby r small » Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:00 pm

I was considering getting the Manbug but looking at the comparison pics with the Ladybug I decided I like the blade shape of the Ladybug better. Does the L'bug have an adjustable pivot?

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Postby mark greenman » Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:41 pm

Great pics Roger, thanks for posting them.

I like what I'm seeing so far, and I think that the manbug will be very well suited to mini-survival kits.

How does the FFG on the manbug compare to the standard Ladybug in terms of slicing?

I'm really, really hoping that there's a hawkbill version of the manbug down the road, and that its a FFG PE. That would make for one hell of a hideout knife. :D

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Postby The Deacon » Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:12 am

r small wrote:I was considering getting the Manbug but looking at the comparison pics with the Ladybug I decided I like the blade shape of the Ladybug better. Does the L'bug have an adjustable pivot?
If by adjustable you mean screw, then yes, the latest batches of the Ladybug have pivot screws.
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Postby bartvdb » Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:31 am

on the list (but price's are still heavy seen the small difference with the lady b ) thx for the picture's . greeetzzzzz


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