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Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby Evil D » Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:59 pm

The Ladybug Salt SE.

That's right. The highest performance-to-weight ratio you can get is this little fella right here:


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That is 0.6oz of pocket chainsaw right there.

You're probably thinking, "no David you're wrong because the HAWKBILL is more aggressive", and you wouldn't be wrong for thinking that but it doesn't slice as well as the standard version and being a hawkbill means it isn't as versatile.

Now if only we could get a Ladybug Salt in FFG LC200N and serrations!
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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby Chopping Broccoli » Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:15 pm

I have to agree with this. I own more Spyderco knives than I care to admit and this is my most used knife. It really is a beast for its size.

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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby skeeg11 » Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:23 pm

There may be a good chance that many of the Seki Salts will be available in LC200N in the future. Seeing as how the Ladybug is not offered in LC200N at present, I see a K390 ladybug in my not too distant future for me. :)
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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby VooDooChild » Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:23 pm

I have the manbug salt but yes.

It would be the number one spyderco I would recommend to people who dont care about knives at all.

It will cut anything.
Its rustproof.
Its tough as nails.
It can go indefinitely with zero maintenance.
You could arguably get away with never sharpening it.
Small.
Light.
Cheap.
Non threatening.
Throw it in a purse or glove box for 20 years and it wont care.
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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby Evil D » Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:25 pm

VooDooChild wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:23 pm
I have the manbug salt but yes.

It would be the number one spyderco I would recommend to people who dont care about knives at all.

It will cut anything.
Its rustproof.
Its tough as nails.
It can go indefinitely with zero maintenance.
You could arguably get away with never sharpening it.
Small.
Light.
Cheap.
Non threatening.
Throw it in a purse or glove box for 20 years and it wont care.


I want to like the Manbug, but being thicker it isn't as slicey and it's more bulky on keys.



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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby JonLeBlanc » Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:33 pm

probably
I kinda felt that way about my Jester (of blessed memory lol)
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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby Doc Dan » Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:35 pm

I do not think there can be an argument made against this choice. Preferences, yes, but argument no. At 0.6 oz it is hard to beat. I have the hawk, and it does cut like something off of star wars, but some things it just does not do as good of a job as a standard Manbug or Ladybug because of the blade shape. So, I agree. The Spyderedge Ladybug Salt is pound for pound the best performer Spyderco makes.
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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby vivi » Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:55 pm

Always wanted to like the LB and MB, but I can't get a good grip on them during use or when trying to open them one handed.

The Spin has a much better handle for me.
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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby Evil D » Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:57 pm

vivi wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:55 pm
Always wanted to like the LB and MB, but I can't get a good grip on them during use or when trying to open them one handed.

The Spin has a much better handle for me.



It's definitely not a "draw it into action" knife, it couldn't be a high paced work knife. For that I'd go with an ARK or Dragonfly. Also that little bit of lanyard fob does help to fill my grip and makes one handed opening much easier.
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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby vivi » Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:02 pm

Evil D wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:57 pm
vivi wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:55 pm
Always wanted to like the LB and MB, but I can't get a good grip on them during use or when trying to open them one handed.

The Spin has a much better handle for me.



It's definitely not a "draw it into action" knife, it couldn't be a high paced work knife. For that I'd go with an ARK or Dragonfly. Also that little bit of lanyard fob does help to fill my grip and makes one handed opening much easier.
Yep, which is why I go with stuff like this on my keychain:

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More utility for the weight IMO. Used it today to fix an oven door that kept getting caught when I closed it.
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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby abbazaba » Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:17 pm

No argument here. That knife is a real performer.

The K390 Ladybug is probably my most carried knife since it dropped. I always favored the Manbug because I find it easier to manipulate with XL hands, but the K390 LB dropped first and I now favor the size and blade shape over the MB as my smaller, secondary carry. Tried H1 serrations in quite a few knives, but always come back to PE tool steel when I can.

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Postby ladybug93 » Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:23 pm

you read my mind about the hawkbill. i consider it more versatile because i always have another folder on me and it doesn't just duplicate my edc. the lb salt se is great though, either way.

now we just need a ticn/red and black zome version!

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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby Fireman » Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:29 pm

:eek: 26 ladybugs per pound

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Postby Tgmr05 » Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:39 pm

I would definitely agree. Very hard to argue.

The se really shines in the ladybug/manbug size.

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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby Wartstein » Thu Apr 15, 2021 10:26 pm

To be clear: Never had any version of the Ladybug!

But I could imagine that perhaps the new Salt SE 2 in LC outperforms it pound for pound??

Three times the weight (so still really light), yes, but same thin bladestock but in ffg, a full handle and a much longer cutting edge should make it a much better performer not in all, but many tasks? (But I don't know if THREE times better ;) )
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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby kennethsime » Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:48 pm

Well, I was thinking about picking up a Manbug to have a second Spyderco in the bottom of my pocket (or maybe as a keychain knife, or maybe as a neck knife), but perhaps I'll have to take another look at the Ladybug.
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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby ChrisinHove » Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:21 am

I would politely disagree that the LB Hawkbill could be in any way inferior. :D

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Postby TomAiello » Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:30 am

I prefer the Hawkbill as well. :)

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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby CPM-Greg » Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:16 am

Great little knife! Perfectly paired with a lanyard. I've had good experience with both plain and serrated edge H1 steel. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

Postby RamZar » Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:26 am

I’d say the ManBug. It’s always on one of my keychains. I tried several including LadyBug before settling on ManBug Sheepsfoot SpyderEdge Salt H-1. Great for opening packages and a mini rescue knife. Given a choice I’d go with a ManBug Wharnie SpyderEdge Salt LC200N as long as the 1/4” at the tip was straight edge just like my new Salt2 Wharncliffe SpyderEdge LC200N.
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