At the moment I am carrying the spyderco bug. What I like most about this knife is the size and weight. It is one of the smallest knives I have seen; weighing only 12g, measuring 73mm in length (when open) and 41mm (when closed). It has a small hole in the blade which makes it really easy to open and close. It looks elegant and feels well made. There is room on the handle for a small amount of engraving, and I have in fact given out an engraved 'bug' as a present.
The blade steel in the spyderco bug is 3Cr13, which seems to be a Chinese made steel. I found the knife comes out of the box with a relatively sharp blade. However, to maintain this edge, you'll need to sharpen it up every now and again. The blade length is only 33mm, and I have heard some people complain the cutting edge is too small for their purposes. I find for my usage, it is fine, however YMMV. I have listed some alternative knife options, if you do prefer something bigger.
Price-wise, the spyderco bug is relatively inexpensive and can be found from ~$6-8 (not including shipping).
Some alternative knives I have come across in this size category are:
-SOG micron - unfortunately I have now lost this knife. I found this knife to be less sharp out of the box. In my opinion it looks less elegant and has more of a 'tactical' look.
-Spyderco Honeybee - this is basically the same as the spyderco bug, but slightly larger (measuring 92mm/52mm - open/closed)If you prefer something larger and thicker than the bug, you may consider:
-A small Victoronix SAK (swiss army knife), such as the 'classic'
-Spyderco grasshopper (Measuring 128mm/70mm - open/closed, it's a much larger version of the bug)
-Spyderco ladybug (measuring 111mm/62mm - open/closed, it has lock back mechanism and is made from VG-10 steel [a more expensive and better steel])
-Plus many more...
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