dreadpirate wrote:I see a few posts discussing self defense; aren't the hawk bill serrated knives designed for self-defense? I'm not an expert or anything - just what I have read.
what you've probably read is something long discussed in these and other forums,
Hawkbill blades make great utility knives, with incredible pull cuts and peculiar cutting characteristics and behavior.
They have very specialised uses and applications, and as a result of their design they happen to be excellent weapons against tissue and meat,
the combination of the claw shape (such as a Tiger's claws or the ones from Eagles and predatory animals) with a "grabbing" curve and a deadly pointy tip that penetrates with force and ease into soft materials makes them lethal and effective cutting tools
same applies to Reverse S bladesm those shapes cut like a much longer straight edge
so, to the OP, if I'd have to pick a Spydie folder for that purpose I'd grab a long, serrated one (Pacific Salt, Police 4, Endura...) or a curved one (Matriarch, Civilian, Tasman...) preferably in H1 steel due to its toughness and rust-proof characteristics (ideal for a concealed, carried everywhere blade) and "wave" it if possible to increase speed and reliability
practice, train and get familiar with it, that's what will count the most in the end