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Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby GarageBoy » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:57 am

Whats the smallest spyderco you're comfortable using ? The lady and man bugs are a bridge too far for me, but the dragonfly is perfect.

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Re: Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby SpyderEdgeForever » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:00 am

For me it would have to be something like the Native. I know the smaller ones are neat to look at and useful but any knife with a blade 2.5 inches or shorter is too small for me. I like comfortable handles but I would rather have a bigger blade and a smaller handle than a smaller blade and bigger handle.

My "sweet spot" for folders are blades that are between 3 and 4 inches.

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Postby TkoK83Spy » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:08 am

Urban and Dragonfly are wonderful small carry knives. Either of those are just fine for me.
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Postby Evil D » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:23 am

I've used a Ladybug for breaking down boxes at a job, it was ok for that task. Sometimes real world use is actually less extreme than "internet hypothetical use" where you sit and cut a box into 500 pieces. A Ladybug isn't good for THAT much extended use but if I had no other choice I could make it work. I do agree though that I would absolutely prefer a Dragonfly, and it's the smallest I consider for doing " internet hypothetical use".
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Re: Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby GarageBoy » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:28 am

Funny thing is a straight handled 58mm swiss army knife is comfortable for me, i just can't work with the ladybugs handle grooves

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Re: Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby juggler » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:45 am

For an all-around folder the Native is the smallest one I'm really comfortable with (and I actually like it very much).

Smaller ones (three-finger grip) need to have some kind of lanyard attached: the Dragonfly is an excellent Little Big Knife (maybe the best there is) but I'll never buy a Chaparral, for instance.

As for Ladybug/Manbug-sized knives I can still use them in a pinch ( :D ) but I view them as backups, only used once in a while.
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Postby elena86 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:06 pm

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Postby wrdwrght » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:10 pm

The Lil’ Native and Urban are my small go-tos these days. Great ergos for extended work.

Each solves the ergo issues I have with the Dragonfly. With my D’flies, and with my SE Manbug Salt and SE Hawkbill Ladybug Salt, I can take on heavier work but not comfortably for more than a few minutes.
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Postby Doc Dan » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:18 pm

I do have a couple of Manbugs and once owned a Squeak. They are too small fo me. The jury is still out on the Roadie. Well see next week. Fo,r now, the Dragonfly is the smallest knife I want to use or carry. The Urban LW hits the sweet spot for me.
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Re: Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby Ric » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:22 pm

Ladybug one hand opening is awkward to me.
So McBee and Dragonfly are the smallest I really use.

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Re: Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby Spydergirl88 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:23 pm

Lil Native is the smallest I'm most comfortable with believe it or not

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Re: Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby Nate » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:26 pm

Manbug Salt has been on my keys since they dropped. It does get used for odd jobs, but not a ton. I usually have something else on me.

The Urban, Baby Horn, Pingo and SAK Cadet are my smallest knives that get carried. Maybe throw in the Chaparral, but it's a little larger. The Dragonfly's ergos never really worked for me vs. the Urban and I sold mine.
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Re: Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby Mushroom » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:45 pm

I carry a Titanium Squarehead regularly. Overall, it's probably my most carried knife. I used to carry a Dogtag folder before the Squarehead, but haven't carried a Dogtag folder in much too long. Might have to change that soon. :D

I also have a couple Ladybugs that I really enjoy using. I have a HAP40 Ladybug that lives on my car keys and a modified Ladybug Hawkbill that I carry in my coin pocket occasionally.

I personally put the Lil Native in the "small-medium" size range; ideal for my knife needs. So I still find knives smaller than that plenty useable.

Size is kind of a subjective thing when it comes to knives and this thread is a good example of that. :cool:
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Re: Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby Sharp Guy » Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:10 pm

I carry and use a Manbug all the time. I prefer something bigger for bigger jobs but the little Manbug is great for quick cutting tasks
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Re: Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby vivi » Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:20 pm

GarageBoy wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:57 am
Whats the smallest spyderco you're comfortable using ? The lady and man bugs are a bridge too far for me, but the dragonfly is perfect.
Pacific Salt.

The blade is shorter than I like but the handle is just big enough for a full, comfortable grip.

Most of the smaller knives don't give my thumb enough space to comfortably extend forward, and they force me to always use the choil for a full grip. Not a fan of either of tbose attributes.

That being said I have a Spin I'm comfortable using, but I never carry it these days. My Pacific Salt does everything my Spin can do, so why bother?

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Re: Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby anycal » Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:27 pm

I don't have anything smaller than the Chaparral. Don't feel like I need it. Ultra slim, very smooth opening/closing. Good traveling knife. Although, I do want to try the Ladybug one of these days.


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Re: Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby zippifish » Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:38 pm

The Dragonfly is the smallest knife I will buy, that's as small as aI care to go and like the DF2 more than I thought I would, plan to pickup a DF2 Salt SE soon.

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Re: Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby Mako109 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:35 pm

No smaller than about 3.25 works for me. My longest carried small Spyderco is the Caly 3.5. Lately it's been the Ikuchi, but I still favor the Caly.

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Re: Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby StuntZombie » Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:47 pm

GarageBoy wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:57 am
Whats the smallest spyderco you're comfortable using ? The lady and man bugs are a bridge too far for me, but the dragonfly is perfect.
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Re: Smallest spyderco you are comfortable with?

Postby JonLeBlanc » Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:17 pm

Hah, easy one: Delica.
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