Thanks, Sal! I did some searching and found Mike Janich's post from quite a while back. I reckon it might sway a few folks on the fence today too.
Michael Janich wrote: ↑
Thu May 17, 2012 10:14 am
When it comes to lock strength, hawkbills--to include the Matriarch2 and Civilian--are actually more forgiving than straight-bladed knives since they do not typically allow thrusting in the traditional sense. Even if you do penetrate point first, the pressure tends to be directed toward keeping the blade open and does not challenge the lock like a traditonal thrust with a straight blade.
Cutting with hawkbills is more efficient because the power of the cut is transferred all the way to the point. Again, the pressure of this action is biased toward keeping the blade open and does not stress the lock as much.
With all that said, I still prefer Enduras because they have matching trainers. And, speaking from years of experience with Enduras and thousands of hours of training with Endura trainers, they are extremely reliable.
I hope this helps.
EDC Rotation: PITS, Shaman, CF S90v Shaman, Ikuchi, Amalgam, CruCarta Shaman, Lil Native, Sage 5 LW, Ouroboros, 4V Shaman, Watu
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