Non-locking folding knives have been around for centuries and have remained popular despite the rise of modern locking knives. Many people appreciate the traditional aspects of non-locking knives, while others choose them because of legal restrictions on carrying locking pocketknives. Spyderco recognized the need for a knife that bridged the gap between traditional slipjoints and modern folders, leading to the creation of their SLIPITS line. These non-locking folders are reliable, sophisticated, and can be opened with one hand. They feature a finger choil for comfort and safety, making them easily accessible.
Within the SLIPIT line, Spyderco has introduced a subcategory of micro-sized knives with stainless steel handles, known as Bugs. The first Bug, aptly named "The Bug," has a non-locking blade that is just over an inch long. It is followed by the HoneyBee, which has a two-inch blade, and then the GrassHopper, which has a larger blade. Despite their small size, these Bugs are serious cutting tools, often eliciting comments like "how cute" due to their diminutive appearance. The GrassHopper, in particular, closely resembles a true penknife with its blade length of over two inches. Its PlainEdge Cr13 stainless steel blade stays open during use, thanks to resistant pressure at the knife's pivot area.
The GrassHopper's handles are chamfered to ensure a comfortable grip, with no squared-off edges that could dig into the hand. The handle is also made of stainless steel and features a laser engraved Spyderco bug. There is enough blank space on the handle for a small amount of engraving or customization, making it suitable as a piece of jewelry or a gift item. Additionally, the handle has a lanyard-hole that can accommodate a chain for wearing around the neck or attaching to a keychain.