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Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:43 pm
by Spydergirl88
I have owned many Spyderco knives, but only 2 Byrd knives including this Byrd Tern I picked up today. What intrigued me about this design was the common features it shares with many Spyderco knives I love:
FFG
Opening Hole
Finger Choil
Jimping
Wire Clip
Linerless G10
Half Stop
I love the UKPK but it is too big for my needs. I also prefer G10 to FRN. I decided to try out the Byrd Tern and I am so glad that I did. I instantly fell in love when I had the knife in my hand. The ergos are great for me and the walk and talk is snappy. I washed the factory oil off of the blade, sharpened it up more on the Sharpmaker with the fine stones, and put a short wire clip on it from a Dragonfly. The factory Tern clip is too long for my liking. Overall, I highly recommend this knife!

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Size comparison next to the Lil Native and Dragonfly HB
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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:33 am
by J D Wijbenga
Looks like the size I like to. Currently enjoying the Elmax Urban. The Tern could be and inexpensive alternative.

Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:27 am
by sparky2016
Really great pix (as always), thanks. The photos do a nice job showing the contouring on the G10 handles, which IMO makes all the difference. A really terrific value.

A Slip Joint, worth noting.

Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:37 am
by Jazz
I'm thinking of this one. How is the detent when open? Does it feel secure, like the UKPK?

Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:39 am
by Spydergirl88
Yes I was surprised with how nice the detent was. I replaced the clip bc the wire clip it came with had zero retention/tension. I actually run it clip less now. I am not worried about it opening in pocket at all. I need to reprofile the edge thinner, not great from factory.

Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:43 pm
by Ric
The detent is strong than a Swiss Army Knife.

Unfortunately never handled a UKPK.

Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:49 pm
by Doc Dan
The back spring tension on the one I bought many years ago was so weak that the knife was unsafe. I otherwise loved the design. It makes me happy to hear that this is no longer the case. I may have to give this knife another go.

Now, where is that slip joint Lil Native?