Byrd Harrier 2 LWT (1st impressions/bladeplay)

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Byrd Harrier 2 LWT (1st impressions/bladeplay)

Postby samiam » Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:26 pm

Replacing a Delica sent to the unknown.

Great thin slice-y option with a blade and handle length intermediate in length between Delica and Endura. For day-to-day use I appreciate the less swept point of the Delica/Endura profile much more than I expected, otherwise I would have replaced the Delica with a Stretch; but, $$ and I have a million other knives for animal processing (swept points).

However, the side-to-side play in the unlocked blade seemed excessive and I was unable to tighten the pivot enough to change this (doesn't even begin to stiffen opening, and the blade will still rattle with the lock-bar depressed. If this isn't a design feature, I suspect pivot washers from a thicker bladed model using the same lock-bar thickness were used. It seems like a 3mm lock-bar was used and the blade is, nominally, 2.8mm.

Is this normal? I notice it in use. If normal, are there suggestions on replacement washer thickness's to get?

Thanks all,


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Re: Byrd Harrier 2 LWT (1st impressions/bladeplay)

Postby rangefinder » Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:10 pm

I have the G10 version of the Harrier 2, not the FRN/lightweight version. But with my knife, there is zero side-to-side movement with the blade in any position, from fully closed to fully open.

I also have a Byrd Cara Cara 2 rescue that has FRN handles. And it also has no side-to-side blade play.

So I'd say that this not normal. You should probably contact Spyderco customer service (or the dealer) to have it checked or exchanged.

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Re: Byrd Harrier 2 LWT (1st impressions/bladeplay)

Postby z1r » Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:57 pm

My first Spyderco was a Byrd Harrier 2 Lightweight. I initially thought it too big but have really come to appreciate the size and value the knife represents. Mine is but a month old but has no play in it.

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Re: Byrd Harrier 2 LWT (1st impressions/bladeplay)

Postby bjz » Mon May 03, 2021 9:53 pm

I purchased two of these last summer (just in case one had QC issues). They are both 100% solid with zero adjustments needed. I have a meadowlark 2 as well as a meadowlark rescue all in frn. Zero side to side play. (The rescue has developed vertical play from years of use and sitting wet for days on end in a life vest, but still no side to side).

Id say have it checked if you are worried, especially since you weren’t able to adjust it out.

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Re: Byrd Harrier 2 LWT (1st impressions/bladeplay)

Postby sal » Tue May 04, 2021 12:04 am

I Samiam,

Welcome to our forum. Blade play is most important in the open and locked position. We really don't push for very close tolerance in the unlocked position. If it's really a problem for you, you can send it to us and we'll make it right.

Hi Bjz,

Welcome to our forum and thanx for the comments.


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