Byrd Hawkbill

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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby The Meat man » Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:23 pm

^Nice! I like that flat finish especially on the clip!
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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby PeaceInOurTime » Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:36 pm

Thanks! I think it turned out pretty good, but I'd like it even darker -- I'm not sure that sulfuric acid can get it much darker, though.

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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby The Meat man » Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:26 pm

PeaceInOurTime wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:36 pm
Thanks! I think it turned out pretty good, but I'd like it even darker -- I'm not sure that sulfuric acid can get it much darker, though.
What if you roughed it up with some 220 grit sandpaper first?
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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby The Meat man » Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:57 pm

Another photo from this afternoon.

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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby PeaceInOurTime » Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:43 pm

The Meat man wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:26 pm
PeaceInOurTime wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:36 pm
Thanks! I think it turned out pretty good, but I'd like it even darker -- I'm not sure that sulfuric acid can get it much darker, though.
What if you roughed it up with some 220 grit sandpaper first?

That may have worked better. I'm planning to give the same treatment to another knife and will give that a try. Thanks!

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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby G_shark » Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:00 am

Glad to see some more pictures here of the Byrd hawkbill. It still is my favourite yard workhorse. Lot sof fibrous materials so no plain edge knife comes close.

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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby The Meat man » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:58 am

Click here for my review and comparison between the byrd Hawkbill and the Tasman Salt 2:

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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby The Meat man » Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:05 am

Still carrying this knife every day. It's still sharp enough to slice paper without trouble but last night I spent about 30 seconds stropping it with chromium oxide on leather. Slicing phonebook paper now. :)

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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby justjohn » Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:32 pm

Just gotta say that as a result of all the positive hype (which I know to be true) I have one inbound at this time with an ETA of March 16. It is being escorted by a Native FRN Maxamet, and a Salt 2 FRN Wharncliffe. I plan on unboxing the Byrd first, that's how much I am looking forward to getting this great knife. BTW, THANK YOU Mr. Glesser for the OPFOCUS Program, without which I could not have afforded all 3 knives. :D
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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby The Meat man » Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:29 am

justjohn wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:32 pm
Just gotta say that as a result of all the positive hype (which I know to be true) I have one inbound at this time with an ETA of March 9. It is being escorted by a Native FRN Maxamet, and a Salt 2 FRN Wharncliffe. I plan on unboxing the Byrd first, that's how much I am looking forward to getting this great knife. BTW, THANK YOU Mr. Glesser for the OPFOCUS Program, without which I could not have afforded all 3 knives. :D
It's great, you will not be disappointed! The Byrd serrations are hands-down the best IME and the 8Cr13MoV steel strikes a great balance. Plus the fit and finish on mine is better than the F&F on my Seki-made Tasman Salt.

Let us know what you think of it!
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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby justjohn » Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:25 pm

Received my Hawkbill Byrd today and just as expected, extremely pleased! Looked it over, opened and closed it several times, wiped it down, clipped it on and assumed the ready to cut something posture. Like others have said, whole lotta knife for an extremely reasonable cost. No buyer's remorse here. This will not be my last Byrd..... :D
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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby prndltech » Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:12 pm

I also just got a Byrd Hawkbill and I must say I’m very impressed. I got a more to use as gifts and I’ll be buying a cara cara and meadowlark because I actually like the handles better than the Endura and delica.
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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby Ldg » Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:41 am

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had some free time so turned mine into a key chain, Works pretty good
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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby Salty Dog » Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:29 pm

Just ordered one of these as my first Byrd after seeing lots of great reviews.
Will be my first hawkbill too, really looking forward to getting it.
Not many Byrd sellers in Australia.
Nice thread guys, thanks for the pics.

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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby Salty Dog » Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:55 pm

Just received my Hawkbill and Crossbill, for $50au each im really happy.
Neither have any play what so ever, just changed the clip on the crossbill with no problems with the screws.
Im fascinated with the blade shapes and am very taken with the smaller Hawkbill, love the bottom finger choil, how light the knife is, even the FRN handle feels fine, and has no sharp edges apart from the two bottom edges where the knife goes between when close, nothing a bit of wet and dry won't fix.
The crossbill is a unique piece, would definitely be better in g10 imo, and a stronger clip but its got a very sharp blade, that im sure I'll find lots of uses for.

I like the hawkbill so much, a Tasman salt hawkbill is now definitely on the cards.
Im often netting/catching birds when im on the water and freeing their feet and legs from discarded fishing line, the Tasman salt hawkbill tip would be perfect to get under the very tight line around their ankles, sometimes its so tight they loose their feet and it cuts into the bone.

Nothing more satisfying than freeing a birds legs from gelspun, braid or nylon line.

Im a lifelong fisho, some of my fellow fishos have to be more respectful and thoughtful, as to what can happen with discarded lines and hooks.

Anyway, love the knives, thanks Spyderco

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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby defenestrate » Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:13 am

The Hawkbill is every bit as good as a Merlin or Tasman, IMO (in terms of use and reliability, the steel is generally not quite as good but still reliable and effective) - a touch less cutting edge due to the choil but after cutting my deep on a Merlin when trying to cut zip ties under my jeep I never mind a choil. I like both ways but the fact that many of the byrds add choils to knives that don't have them on equivalent spydies just means I like to have some of each.

I would say that the serrations are a touch less aggressive, so they may not cut quite as effectively as the Spyderco serrations but they also are less likely to bind and the difference in performance is negligible so they're excellent. I like the slight difference much like the choil difference.

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Re: Byrd Hawkbill

Postby z1r » Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:10 pm

I've been wanting a serrated edge blade for a while and ordered a Harrier 2 Lightweight Partially Serrated yesterday morning. Later that day I found myself near Golden CO and decided to swing by the Spyderco Outlet. Glad I did, I hadn't realized just how big the Harrier was and found myself purchasing a Hawkbill. Can't say enough about the quality you get for so little $$$! It is exactly the right size albeit slightly wider folded than I typically care for. But it is light, has a super blade for the money, and fit and finish on mine is great.

Let me say this is the first Spyderco knife I've owned. Well, that lasted about ten seconds. I ended up getting the Wife a Ladybug 3 Salt Hawkbill, and a Mule Team 28. Now I see the Mule Team 31 is about to be released so I'll be back in their shop soon!

I can see that this is going to be expensive, lol.


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