I visited a local dealer yesterday, the only one that stocks more than a handful of anyone's knives. I felt compelled to buy something just for the ability to gawk at and fondle so many products. The Hawkbill jumped right out at me, immediately. I know the Byrd value from my C2FRN, and I figured that if I ended up not liking the blade or the concept, whatever, I'm not out much.
It's every bit the fit and finish of big bro, but in about 75% scale reduction. Same construction, same jimping pattern, just at a smaller thickness w/smaller choil. In fact, the handle is virtually an exact duplicate of the dimensions and feel of the Caly3 Jr, if you have one of those. Obviously, the HB's construction adds more heft in the hand, but it is very balanced. It's clear to me that the Meadowlark PE version of this knife would be the better EDC to the C2. However, once again, that C2 was a similar impulse purchase.
I've not really experimented with the blade yet. It stabs surprisingly well. The last few mm of the tip are straight edged, allowing me to clean under my nails. The plastic jugs of the water I buy are no match for the efficiency of the SE edge, LOL. However, I need to invest in a Sharpmaker before I get too far on this OEM edge.
If you've been reluctant to try a hawkbill at Spydie pricing, you may also want to give this one a look.