Well EVIL you make some points that are worth taking into consideration. However the only time I ever use a Hawkbill in the kitchen is when I process fruit and some veggies. I find that a plain edged Hawkbill like my blue handled, VG-10 Spyderhawk helps in certain areas of food processing.Evil D wrote:JD I think the problem with hawkbills, are kitchen knives. When you think about it, just about everyone on Earth uses knives almost on a daily basis, but the vast majority of them aren't knife fanatics...they use their kitchen knives for one purpose or another. The fact that just about every kind of knife used in the kitchen has a belly on it makes a hawlbill seem alien to most people.
There's been one at my local knife store for ages, but it's priced too high...you'd likely baulk at the price if you saw it.ForealBoreal wrote:Personally I love the hawk bills for EDC use.
I rotate between my superhawk and p'kal very often.
I'm on the hunt for a PE Spyderhawk at the moment.
You are on the top of my "Salts" list too ! In the last few weeks I allready bought 4 "Salts" thanks to you.I loooove my serrated Pacific Salt.And keep coming.The next one will be a Tasman Salt.I wonder which one do you recommend.Serrated or plain ? Let me guess....aaaahhhh....serrated !( I hope)Surfingringo wrote:Well when I started reading your post and saw that you "blamed" certain people, I found immediately found myself hoping I had made the list. Imagine my elation when I saw that I was at the TOP of it! . Personally, I rarely carry the tasman as a primary edc, but it is hard to beat as a second knife! Super useful for a lot of tasks! Enjoy.
This has been my experience. Glad you enjoying the tasman!street soldier wrote:Hi Elena. 'Gringo is quite the enabler, isn't he?
I figure I'll chime in with my experience with my PE Tasman. I'm really enjoying it so far. I've used it on outdoor projects(vine removal, opening bags of mulch, etc.) and it has given me no issues. The plain edge has sailed through everything I've challenged it with.
I've also used it a bit for food prep, and it's worked fine. As has been stated several places, it is not the ideal blade shape for straight cuts on a cutting board, it can get the job done. Not the optimal blade for it, though.
I've not had to sharpen it yet, as it's still shaving sharp. There are plenty of posts around here praising the strength of the SE for its work hardening capabilities and citing the softness of the PE. I've not had to deal with that yet.
As far as PE vs. SE, if I had to do it again, I might go with the SE if I had to do it again. I like the PE, a lot, but I think with this blade shape the SE would enhance the cutting power of the hawkbill. No empirical data to back that up, just theory/supposition based on countless hours researching here and deduction after using my PE Tasman.
Good luck win your decision. Let us know what you choose.
This time I will disobey you I decided for the PE Tasman just because I like how it looks and because I allready am the proud owner of 2 Harpys.But I have a feeling that eventualy I will decide to be mercyful and get a SE Tasman to keep company to his PE brother.But all my other Salts, two Pacific and two Salt 1 are serrated.And my favorite is the Black handle serrated Pacific.It has all I need and all I want in a knife.Thanx again Surf for your benefic influence.I was allready cought in the Spyderco vortex by the mighty spyderedge SS Police many years ago.( I own 7 SS,SE Police, not as many as Yablanowitz).I am fascinated by the spyderedges since I was a young boy.Surfingringo wrote:This has been my experience. Glad you enjoying the tasman!
Cutting any type of cordage, zip ties, plastic bands that hold pallets of merchandise together, twine holding bailed hay and any kind of tape imaginable can be cut so easily with a Spyderedged Hawkbill>> especially the Harpy and Spyderhawk models it's like you're cheating the cutting is so easy.street soldier wrote:Been using the Tasman for the last couple of days. So far it's working well.
Zip ties? No problem.
Vines? They didn't stand a chance.
Bags of mulch? Ha!
The H1 is holding up admirably, although I haven't done a lot of cutting with it yet.
Amin to that ! Let's make some noise ! Maybe Sal will listen ....JD Spydo wrote:
There is a lot more talk I could give on Spyderco's great hawkbill blades>> and I would love to test drive a "Superhawk" model in Spyderedge>> it blew me away in a negative sense when i discovered that you could not get the Superhawk in full Spyderedge>> I won't shut up until a Sprint of an SE Superhawk comes to fruition.
You bet I'll make some noise about the possibility of a SUPERHAWK model in full Spyderedge>> to me that just didn't make any practical or marketing sense at all. And please folks I don't mean this as a disparaging remark concerning the decision makers at the Great Spyder Factory>> but when you consider the icon of all Spyderco Hawkbill models and that being the HARPY which I would say that 98% of all of the Harpy models made were full Spyderedge.elena86 wrote:Amin to that ! Let's make some noise ! Maybe Sal will listen ....
I do highly recommend you get either an SE TASMAN or an SE Harpy soon. I do recommend you get the hang of using one of the mid-sized Hawkbills before you take on something like a Spyderhawk.street soldier wrote:The more talk of SE hawkbills, the more I think I need one. I've been carrying my PE Tasman non stop since I've gotten it and it is the first knife I reach for when I need to cut something. It has not disappointed.