Favorite byrd knife

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Postby Deal4 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:31 am

bdblue: Thanks for the pic of the byrd hawkbill! I haven't really paid it much attention, but that isn't a bad little knife for such a low price. I'm going to have to go check it out!
I really like my Meadowlark 2 that I often carry for EDC when I am going to use a knife that could get dinged up. It has never let me down and is a very good design. I love how sharp it gets and is an awesome slicer!
It may not be quite up to the fit and finish of the higher end spydies, but is still a great knife for an amazing price!

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Postby Jazz » Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:54 am

The Meadowlark Rescue PE, because it could be made into a wharncliffe.

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Postby defenestrate » Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:31 pm

Excellent choice! as a fool who made the mistake of thumbing for a choil on my SE Merlin around a decade ago and finding naught but the unforgiving, unyielding, and out-for-blood serrations - trying to cut some zip ties under my jeep, you are getting the secretly improved model in my very personal opinion. I love my Spyderhawk SE Salt and hope to collect all hawkbill models - the Byrd Hawkbill packs a real punch at a price point that is perilous to pursue (forgive the alliteration). I've handled an all-SS Cara Cara as well, stout solid knife, a G10 Robin (looks and feels like a hundred dollar knife, IMO), the light but catchy Aluminum Crow I got on a closeout and was more lightly built than a Spydie but still 100% flawless in performance. It's just hard to go wrong with any of them and this is by design.
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Postby canivete » Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:13 pm

The Meadowlark is my edc, even after I broke the tip ... er... prying. I just reground it and back to my pocket it is.


Actually, I prefer the Robin but my wife too... Then, I carry the Meadowlark. ;-)

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Postby SuzieQ » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:42 am

Definitely the Tern because it doesn't lock which means it's legal here :-)
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Postby WxGuyGrant » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:21 am

When I worked as a delivery driver, the Robin2 was frequently in my pocket. For cutting boxes and adhesive crap all day, it was the perfect little knife. Easily cleaned up and easily resharpened after a day of dealing with cardboard. One of my co-workers was carrying some generic Chinese made knife you can buy from a flea market so I bought him a Crow and he loves it. Now that I'm back on a college campus, the Tern is an awesome knife for deep pocket carry and the less threatening slip-joint.

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Postby jeff_C » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:55 pm

Meadowlark... I have one in G10 and Stainless Steel.

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Postby JLS » Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:47 pm

Jazz wrote:The Meadowlark Rescue PE, because it could be made into a wharncliffe.

- best wishes, Jazz.
I'd have to agree with this. The CaraCara PE Rescues I had we're given a similar treatment. I only have one left for myself; the rest were given as gifts. I can only hope they make PE rescues in the "2" trim in the future. The old ones are hard to find at any price nowadays.

The G-10 Crossbill is another great knife, though I wish it had a 4-way clip instead of the L/R tip up.

I picked up a CaraCara 2 FRN a little while back and it's a great knife by itself. I think the byrd lineup is even more impressive given the price. Given the quality and price of the various byrds I've owned, I personally would prefer them over the Tenacious family for my money. And I say that while owning 5 byrds and a Persistence, Tenacious and Resilience.
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Postby jackknifeh » Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:04 pm

Byrd wings. This has to be one of the best tool box/belt knives ever. VERY sturdy, plain and serrated edges. No combo, two blades with it's own liner lock. Comes with sheath. Easily cleaned. I like it.

BTW, that Harrier is a beautiful knife.

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Postby Paradiggum » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:50 pm

I didn't realize how many Byrd knives I have and have given away as gifts until thinking about it because of this thread. I'll have to say my favorite is likely the Meadowlark 2 with the FRN handle. Not much of a surprise since the Delica was my EDC for well over a dozen years.

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Postby spydie fanatic » Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:14 am

I would have to say the tern. I was reluctant to try the lower-end spydies, but the byrds and spyderco ambitious, tenacious, etc are great value folders; I'm sure they have to be money makers since alot of people don't want to spend BIG money like some of us knife knuts.

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Postby wings400 » Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:38 pm

The meadowlark 2 is awsome. I am carrying it for 6 months now and I am still loving it!


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Postby Dodge » Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:59 pm

I'm rocking the cardboard chainsaw know as the "hawkbill". I have been for the last 6 months. This thing kicked my Delica out of the nest.
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Postby RJNC » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:06 am

Byrd Finch.

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Postby defenestrate » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:22 am

I also have a Firebyrd - the blade is really secondary on this design - it works fine but is a little short. Makes an excellent general purpose camp or party tool as the lighter use is great and the bottle opener is as good as anything handheld I have ever used. It's also one solid chunk of steel and I'm certain I could hammer nails in or perform similar tasks if I had to. Also would work as a "roll of nickels" curled up in the fist if i had a really pressing reason to punch someone.
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Postby galv0nix » Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:16 pm

My favorite is the Cara Cara 2. I think for the money, you can't beat this knife. I plan on purchasing more Byrd knives.

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Postby BDNX » Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:44 pm

I love the byrd Hawkbill....gave my se version to a friend at work...but would love to get another in pe. Also like to try out the Tern...

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Postby porta » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:54 pm

Another vote for the Hawkbill. I'm torn between the smaller FRN and the larger G10 but both get used way beyond what a pocket knife is for and hold up really well.

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Postby bartvdb » Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:04 am

crow = for the "dirty "work

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Postby yowzer » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:30 pm

The Wings Slipit is my favorite by far. Runners up: The Meadowlark Hawkbill is pretty nice too, but I like its Tasman cousin better. The old G-10 Crossbill, though... that knife is why I didn't get a Superhawk. The Flight frame needs a better clip, but otherwise it's a great package.
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