January 13, 2018
Years ago, I saw a curious little Spyderco folder from one of my friends who also works for the amazing knife company from Golden, Colorado, USA, Earth. If you’re a Spyderco Forums ‘old-timer’, you might remember the photo of his Mosquito. It looked like a Ladybug, but with a dramatically different blade. It seemed to have been replaced by an awl of sorts. My friend explained it was a gift from Sal, called ‘the Mosquito’. For many years, I never saw another one, they were never a catalog item. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to acquire my own Mosquito!
The Mosquito is, in fact, a modified first generation Ladybug (LBK). The handle appears unmodified. The blade was ground down, straightening the spine. The edge has been completely ground down and tapered into a very fine and solid point. The edge is gone, it’s completely rounded, and the tip is -very- sharp. I’m not sure what the intended purpose of the Mosquito was. It could’ve been a folding awl or toothpick, or just a really cool way pick off olives at a cocktail party while showing off to your fellow-spyderknut friends. 😉
Never a production item
From what I gathered, the Mosquito was never a production design, nor a prototype for a new design or Ladybug variant. It seems the Mosquito was just an experiment of sorts. According to the story I heard, Spyderco modified a small quantity of Ladybugs and they were gifts for employees and friends.
To me, it’s a wonderful addition to my collection of Ladybugs, Manbugs and Jesters. If you get a chance to own a Spyderco Mosquito, go for it. Remember, this never was –nor will it be- an official commercially available Spyderco. I’ve only seen two over the years, and that includes mine.
October 21, 2012
Spyderco is making some fine premium keychain knives these days, like this sprint runt grey G10 Jester and regular production G10 Manbug. They are almost too nice to put on you keychain. Lucky for me, I don’t put them on my keychain I put them on a Victorinox Classic and carry them in my watch pocket. I highly recommend this knife/tool combo. This ‘watch pocket tool combo’ has worked very well for me over the past ten years.
When 9/11 caused security checkpoints and a fear of anything edged to spread like wildfire, I had to find an alternative to the Spyderco Ladybug on my keychain. I figured I would simply combine my other bladed keychain tool with my Spyderco Ladybug and carry it in the watch pocket of my pants. That way I can easily take off any blades I carry and never forget it’s on my keychain. After going through many micro-multitools, I settled on the Victorinox Classic. I settled on the Victorinox Classic and similar models, because they contain all the tools I could possibly need in an average day (and even many non-average days). It is a very compact and carry-friendly tool. I don’t need pliers or a can opener in my pocket, but on many occasions I have needed tweezers, a toothpick, nail file and scissors. I also like the fact that these tiny Swiss tools complement the grip of the Ladybug/Manbug like it was made for my hands. They are also very affordable and they come in many colors and variations.
The blade length on the Jester and Manbug is identical, but both micro-folders ‘feel’ completely different. The thicker Manbug easily feels like it is more of a ‘real knife’ than the lightweight Jester. They both cut equally well so far. Not that this means much coming from me. I consider the Ladybug/Jester/Manbug as back-up folders to my primary utility folder, or when I need to use a knife in front of some hostile non-knife people (NKP). These small cutters are only used to cut the occasional thread or opening a package etc… So these little knives don’t see much actual use in my collection, I do carry one every day and feel naked without them though. And if I had to, I wouldn’t mind having to use a Manbug & Victorinox combo as my only pocketknife.
July 4, 2007
Pocket knife? Check. Smartphone? Check. Pen? Check. Flashlight? Check. Prybaby? Check. Scissors…..? Screwdriver…..? Tweezers….? Toothpick….? Nailfile…? Anyone?
I love my EDC tools and toys, but I was once caught short with no tweezers and scissors. This was very embarassing, as I was among friends who consider me the ‘gadget man’ and one of them had a simple SAK with just these tools.
Since then, I’ve found the perfect ‘watch pocket filler’, a Victorinox Classic SD combined with a Spyderco Ladybug 3. This little combo-tool is a perfect accessory for a ‘gearhead’ like myself. It’s got all the tools I sometimes need; scissors, screwdriver, file, tweezers and toothpick. The little blade is rarely used, only when there’s a very apprehensive NKP around. A nice feature is that the little SAK is available in all sorts of colors to match my Spydie EDC.
The little SAK is just right for that little extra handle, when using the Ladybug. The Ladybg III BTW is the best keychain knife yet. I’d didn’t think it would be better than the Jester, but that sharp tip is incredibly useful. When hooked on the Victorinox Classic SD, I get a perfect grip on the little Ladybug. I prefer the Ladybug’s VG-10 (!) blade with full teeth. It really maximizes the cutting potential of this little blade. Just slip it under a heavy plastic binder and ‘snick’ it’s cut in two.
For me, the Victorinox Classic SD and a Ladybug III SE is the perfect ‘Micro Combo Tool’. I carry it seperately from my keys in my watch pocket. It’s a perfect fit. On my keys I just keep an Atwoord Prybaby and a Fenix L0D HA Rebel light. That way, I don’t run the risk of forgetting to unhook the keychain knife when going through security checkpoints and airports and such.