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Manbug Talk

Postby The Meat man » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:58 am

I've been having a lot of fun the past week with this little guy:
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I've come to appreciate more and more the design and utility of this diminutive Spydie. It's definitely a "big" little knife for me - I've found it capable of probably 90% of all my EDC needs. (The rest gets covered by my Pacific Salt). And it comes in a package that is so light and unobtrusive. The only thing I would want added is a small wire pocket clip - I've had them occasionally slip out of my pocket while sitting in a chair.

Currently the only one I own is the ZDP-189 version, but I've got a Super Blue and HAP40 Manbug coming in the mail, as well as the wharncliffe H-1 SE version. Can't wait to try them out!


Anyone else a fan or user of the Manbug? Share your thoughts and experiences with this small but serious knife!
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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby The Meat man » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:58 am

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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby The Meat man » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:00 am

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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby Sharp Guy » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:05 am

I have the ZDP & HAP40 Manbugs. One or the other is usually riding in the bottom of my pocket and they've both seen a lot of action.

V-Toku 2 Manbug is next...
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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby The Meat man » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:07 am

Sharp Guy wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:05 am

V-Toku 2 Manbug is next...

Yes I still have not decided whether or not to grab one when they drop. The nice thing is they are relatively inexpensive so maybe I will.
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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby Evil D » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:25 am

I asked for a beefier Ladybug probably 7 years ago, and I guess in some ways we got it. But, I would like to see it beefier where it really counts... give it a larger pivot so it can handle more stress. That's really the weakest point in these knives. I know they're not built for hard use but the Ladybug/Manbug/Dragonfly are very capable for their size and could really be leaned on if they were built stronger in the pivot.
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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby sal » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:40 am

We've not had complaints of pivot issues?

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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby The Meat man » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:42 am

Evil D wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:25 am
I asked for a beefier Ladybug probably 7 years ago, and I guess in some ways we got it. But, I would like to see it beefier where it really counts... give it a larger pivot so it can handle more stress. That's really the weakest point in these knives. I know they're not built for hard use but the Ladybug/Manbug/Dragonfly are very capable for their size and could really be leaned on if they were built stronger in the pivot.
David, that is a good CQI idea. Like you said, while they're not built for super hard use they are capable of a lot more than you might expect. A larger/beefier pivot would help a lot especially given their linerless FRN design.

I have a Dfly 2 Salt, and after using it on a bunch of tough cardboard it developed nearly unacceptable (for me) levels of up-and-down blade play - the amount of movement is easily visible.
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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby The Meat man » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:43 am

sal wrote:
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We've not had complaints of pivot issues?

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No complaints Sal, just that I think it would make an already surprisingly robust knife a bit more so.
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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby farnorthdan » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:47 am

I have a few SB's (shirt pocket carry daily) a couple Haps, the G10, and the H1. Great little knife and use it constantly for quick easy cuts. I'll be picking up the Vtok also.
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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby Spydergirl88 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:04 am

I prefer the Manbug to the Ladybug and also would love it if it had a metal clip similar to an inkpen clip
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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby Jazz » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:11 am

Here’s what I think, and please, no comments about cutting arteries. I know, and was more careful than you can tell here. :rolleyes:

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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby abbazaba » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:16 am

I'd LOVE to see a Ti Damascus version like the Delica and Endura received. It would be a little classy tank.

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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby knivesandbooks » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:20 am

I'm completely fine with the way they're made. I just think it would be cool to see a ss or titanium sprint. Especially if Spyderco did a tattoo or engraved version.

Edit: abbazaba beat me to it
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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby Evil D » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:30 am

sal wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:40 am
We've not had complaints of pivot issues?

sal

I didn't mean to imply that there were any, only that it would be stronger overall with a larger pivot. As someone else mentioned, the only issue I've had with my Dragonflies is pivot play, which seems like it could be remedied by a larger pivot pin.
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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby Evil D » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:31 am

Spydergirl88 wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:04 am
I prefer the Manbug to the Ladybug and also would love it if it had a metal clip similar to an inkpen clip

A small wire clip like the Baliyo uses would be awesome on these.
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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby Mushroom » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:34 am

Still haven't owned a Manbug yet! :confused: Have always stuck with the Ladybug.

Have been eyeing the Manbug Salt since its release, just haven't pulled the trigger!
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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby EVB » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:54 am

Love the Manbug & Ladybug, keep the Manbug in a little survival kit for hiking etc, small, light and immensely reassuring.

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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby Sumdumguy » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:20 pm

I have only had the Jester and the LB. I much prefer the Jester.

I've been carrying my SS Kiwi instead since it came. It fits in my coin pocket aswell, if not better than my Jester.

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Re: Manbug Talk

Postby Sharp Guy » Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:32 pm

Not saying the Manbug's the most robust knife but....

Several months ago we purchased a large gun safe to put in ome of the offices at work. After we offloaded it from the back of our truck a couple of our warehouse guys were trying to figure out the best way to remove the safe from the big cardboard box it was in. So I pulled a Manbug out of my pocket and zipped the blade down each corner and the sides of the box fell away. The guys moved the safe into the office and I proceeded to slice all the cardboard into smaller pieces. When I was done one of the guys was looking at me in disbelief that I just did all that so quickly with a tiny little knife. :)

I normally wouldn't choose a Manbug (or even a Dragonfly) for a job like that but I just wanted to see how it work. It actually worked pretty well. The blade was hot to the touch immediately afterward but there's no discernible blade play or other issues.
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