I remember when my partner showed me one of Spyderco’s knives for the first time. I laughed, what I then thought was an ugly designed knife. I never thought that a Spyderco Ladybug would be one of my favorite knives.
Spyderco Ladybug is one of Spyderco’s smaller knives. The Ladybug is 110mm/4.2” long and is a perfect knife to bring for a visit to the woods because it easily fits in your pocket. WIth a blade made of durable VG10 steel and can handle tough tasks without being damaged. It’s really light with a few 17g/0.6 ounces.
Since it is a small knife, you obviously don’t get as firm a grip on the handle as you normally do with a larger knife. But with my small hands, I can easily hold it with three fingers. Thanks to the knife’s blade design, you also get support for the thumb. This makes it stable enough in my hand to perform all the tasks I use it for. It has a back lock and holes for a lanyard if your wish to add that. A plus is that the blade can be folded out with just one hand thanks to Spyderco´s “Spydie hole“.
The handle is made out of fiberglass-reinforced nylon (FRN) and has a casted pattern that gives a better grip. I really like that I do not need to use much force with a Ladybug because the blade is really sharp straight from the factory. And yes, my Ladybug has tasted blood (my own of course)!
In conclusion regarding the ergonomics: I can only say that I was pleasantly surprised at how good grip I got despite the small size of the knife. The ergonomics might not suit everyone, but it works great for me!
What can you use a Spyderco Ladybug for?
My main usage of the Ladybug is as a companion on trips in the woods. It is fantastic to have on hand when picking plants or mushrooms. “Real” mushroom knives can throw themselves into the wall! No knife can peel off the skin from mushroom caps like a Ladybug in my opinion. But I also use it for other daily tasks such as opening envelopes, packages or even cutting up one or two cinnamon buns.
Spyderco Ladybug costs approximately € 50-60 depending on where you live and your choice of vendor. Definitely worth every euro!
The Ladybug is a fantastic little knife that is absolutely perfect for everyday carry (EDC) and small excursions in nature. It is easy to carry and has really good quality.