On paper, the Spyderco Bug may look like an ordinary folder. But if you hold it in your hand, it’ll make you look like a giant. (Insert lewd, commonly-used size joke here.) The tiny knife is 2.9-inch long when open. You still won’t get it past TSA, but you should be able to pass this EDC shard just about anywhere else.
We’d never seen a knife quite like it; here are the details on the minimalist Spyderco Bug.
Bug Technical Specs
A 2.9-inch open length makes the Bug easily smaller than a standard Swiss Army Knife. It’s also much lighter than many of its mini knife counterparts at 0.4 ounces (11 grams). Closed, it’s just over 1.5 inches long.
Its diminutive profile and featherweight heft make it a perfect keychain knife. There’s a generous lanyard hole at the end of the handle, big enough to accommodate a ring or dog tag-style chain.
The 1.27-inch blade does not lock. For opening, Spyderco astutely integrates a big pass-through hole instead of a nail nick. While short, the blade is more substantial than one might think. Its 1.8-mm thickness should make it robust over the long haul.
A Bug’s Life: Practicality
So what exactly can you do with the Spyderco Bug? Is it too small to be helpful, or just right for EDC utility?
In the realm of pedestrian EDC tasks, the Bug looks great for package opening or occasional nail maintenance. It’s important to remember that users can use the lanyard hole to extend the handle. Even if you just attach it to your keyring, your keys become part of the handle. If you don’t want to do that, you can attach a paracord fob to gain a bit of material length.
Because the blade doesn’t lock, I wouldn’t recommend it in any tactical capacity. But as the principle goes, the best knife is the one you have with you. To me, that’s the most exciting thing about the Bug: it promises to be so easy to carry, it’s hard to imagine not having it in your pocket. And the blade, with cheap but tough 3cr13 steel, should stand up to repeated use over time.
Collecting Bugs: Purchasing
MSRP for the Spyderco Bug is $22. If that seems a bit much for a thing that’s less than 3inches long, I suggest you reconsider all the things you can do with 3 inches.
Learn more at Spyderco.com.