Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

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Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby SpyderEdgeForever » Sat Dec 19, 2015 4:50 pm

Who here likes and loves the Spyderco Byrd Cara Cara with the FRN handle and the stainless steel blades? It is beautiful, inexpensive, and well-super-engineered.

I am one who likes it a lot.

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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby Mad Mac » Sat Dec 19, 2015 6:33 pm

A pair of Caracara (Mexican Eagles) migrate through our property, sometimes sticking around for a week or so. For that reason, I bought a Byrd Cara Cara for myself and one for my helper for work knives. They are a good value and we have been very pleased with them.

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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby SpyderEdgeForever » Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:19 pm

Mad Mac, would you say the Cara Cara would do well in cutting up beef steaks and butchering chickens and fish for meals ?

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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby Mad Mac » Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:04 pm

SpyderEdgeForever wrote:Mad Mac, would you say the Cara Cara would do well in cutting up beef steaks and butchering chickens and fish for meals ?
Probably, but really can't say. I bought the Spyderco kitchen knives for that sort of thing. I'd be reluctant to use a folder for food preparation. However, I did flick open a Spydie in a restaurant once to dissect a tough steak. My thought behind buying a Cara Cara for a work knife was that it was affordable enough that I would not be afraid to use it, abuse it or lose it.
1990: Endura SE, Delica PE, Mariner, Police. 2014: ClipiTool Bottle Opener. 2015: Kitchen Knife PE, Tenacious CE, Stretch PE, Moran Drop Point, Kiwi, two Byrd Cara Caras, Schempp Bowie, Native 5 Forum Knife, Sharpmaker, Police SE, Small SpyderPac, Ultra-Fine Stones, Tenacious SE, 4" Paring Knife, 2" Paring Knife, Starmate. 2016: The Spyderco Story, The Tactical Folding Knife, USN Ladybug H-1 Hawkbill SE, Black BaliYo, Yellow H-1 Salt Dragonfly 2 SE, Ulize, Pink Native 5 PE, Renegade C23PS and C23P, Gayle Bradley 2, Double Bevel, Gayle Bradley Air, Cricket Blue Nishjin, Centofante Memory, K2, two Large Lum Pink G10, Rubicon. 2017: Battlestation, Orange Positron, Gray Baliyo, Native 5 CE, Tenacious CE. 2018: EuroEdge, ClipiTool Standard, 2019 Calendar Contest Rhino CF PLN.
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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby SpyderEdgeForever » Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:32 am

Have you ever known or seen a Cara Cara break or is it mostly unbreakable as long as it is not pressed into too much stress and strain?

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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby Mad Mac » Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:30 pm

Honestly, I have not used mine much and couldn't say.
1990: Endura SE, Delica PE, Mariner, Police. 2014: ClipiTool Bottle Opener. 2015: Kitchen Knife PE, Tenacious CE, Stretch PE, Moran Drop Point, Kiwi, two Byrd Cara Caras, Schempp Bowie, Native 5 Forum Knife, Sharpmaker, Police SE, Small SpyderPac, Ultra-Fine Stones, Tenacious SE, 4" Paring Knife, 2" Paring Knife, Starmate. 2016: The Spyderco Story, The Tactical Folding Knife, USN Ladybug H-1 Hawkbill SE, Black BaliYo, Yellow H-1 Salt Dragonfly 2 SE, Ulize, Pink Native 5 PE, Renegade C23PS and C23P, Gayle Bradley 2, Double Bevel, Gayle Bradley Air, Cricket Blue Nishjin, Centofante Memory, K2, two Large Lum Pink G10, Rubicon. 2017: Battlestation, Orange Positron, Gray Baliyo, Native 5 CE, Tenacious CE. 2018: EuroEdge, ClipiTool Standard, 2019 Calendar Contest Rhino CF PLN.
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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby elrond18 » Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:17 pm

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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby wallace47 » Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:02 am

I use my cara cara 2 once a week when i cook a chile,and my meadow lark 2 every day to clean and cut up potatoes.They both keep a better edge than any of my wife's regular cooking knifes.Plus they were cheaper.Great value keep it up Sal.. :) :spyder:

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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby Sirens1 » Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:57 pm

I love my Cara Caras! G10 & FRN are great, they melt right into my hand. I can't wait until the steel upgrade!

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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby Mad Mac » Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:38 am

Well, I could be wrong, I often am, but I don't think that we will be seeing upgrades. The whole purpose of the Byrd line is so the Company can offer knives with low price points and thereby increase market share and continue to grow.

A significant segment of the market can not or will not buy expensive knives. The Byrd knives give entry to this huge market. Ultimately, some of these customers will appreciate the design, craftsmanship and quality of Byrd knives and "upgrade" themselves to Spyderco knives.

On the Comparison Thread I posted a picture comparing the Caracara to a 1990 vintage Endura and it is posted again here for Byrd enthusiasts who might have missed it.

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1990: Endura SE, Delica PE, Mariner, Police. 2014: ClipiTool Bottle Opener. 2015: Kitchen Knife PE, Tenacious CE, Stretch PE, Moran Drop Point, Kiwi, two Byrd Cara Caras, Schempp Bowie, Native 5 Forum Knife, Sharpmaker, Police SE, Small SpyderPac, Ultra-Fine Stones, Tenacious SE, 4" Paring Knife, 2" Paring Knife, Starmate. 2016: The Spyderco Story, The Tactical Folding Knife, USN Ladybug H-1 Hawkbill SE, Black BaliYo, Yellow H-1 Salt Dragonfly 2 SE, Ulize, Pink Native 5 PE, Renegade C23PS and C23P, Gayle Bradley 2, Double Bevel, Gayle Bradley Air, Cricket Blue Nishjin, Centofante Memory, K2, two Large Lum Pink G10, Rubicon. 2017: Battlestation, Orange Positron, Gray Baliyo, Native 5 CE, Tenacious CE. 2018: EuroEdge, ClipiTool Standard, 2019 Calendar Contest Rhino CF PLN.
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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby Sirens1 » Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:28 pm

My mistake. I was mixed up about the Spyderco budget line getting the upgrade. Sandvik, I believe.

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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby DutchBlades » Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:25 am

I must admit, they don't get carried very often due to the plethora of other choices.
But I do love my Cara Cara's! :D
Got myself a G10 one first and a stainless one later.
About 2 years ago I got a custom one, been carrying that one a bit more than the others.

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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby Mad Mac » Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:36 am

Not a knife story, but a Crested Caracara tale. Sunday morning, a dozen Black Vultures were lined up at the edge of the pond where I had killed a Nutria the day before. Only one was working on the dam-destroying aquatic rodent so I looked through the spotting scope I have set up and it was not a Black Vulture.

It was a Caracara also known as a Mexican eagle. One vulture stepped too close and the Caracara raised its wings and talons in full attack mode. The vulture backpedalled and the eagle resumed ripping and tearing at the carrion. Even though the Caracara was a little smaller than the vultures and was outnumber eleven to one, the vultures stood without moving a feather watching their brunch disappear.

The Caracara is a serious falcon, a raptor, a bird of prey,
but not above fighting for a ready to serve meal.

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1990: Endura SE, Delica PE, Mariner, Police. 2014: ClipiTool Bottle Opener. 2015: Kitchen Knife PE, Tenacious CE, Stretch PE, Moran Drop Point, Kiwi, two Byrd Cara Caras, Schempp Bowie, Native 5 Forum Knife, Sharpmaker, Police SE, Small SpyderPac, Ultra-Fine Stones, Tenacious SE, 4" Paring Knife, 2" Paring Knife, Starmate. 2016: The Spyderco Story, The Tactical Folding Knife, USN Ladybug H-1 Hawkbill SE, Black BaliYo, Yellow H-1 Salt Dragonfly 2 SE, Ulize, Pink Native 5 PE, Renegade C23PS and C23P, Gayle Bradley 2, Double Bevel, Gayle Bradley Air, Cricket Blue Nishjin, Centofante Memory, K2, two Large Lum Pink G10, Rubicon. 2017: Battlestation, Orange Positron, Gray Baliyo, Native 5 CE, Tenacious CE. 2018: EuroEdge, ClipiTool Standard, 2019 Calendar Contest Rhino CF PLN.
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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby jmh58 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:06 am

Don't want that CaraCara in the bp!! :D Thanks for sharing the story and pic!! We are real big into watching raptors!! :) NICE!!! John :cool:
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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby rescue2694 » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:34 pm

The FRN Cara Cara is my favorite EDC . Yep! even beating out my new Stretch (2nd favorite).

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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby sal » Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:30 am

Hi Rescue2694,

Welcome to our forum.

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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby rescue2694 » Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:57 pm

Thank you for the welcome.

I've been a spydy hole user since 93. I don't think their is a better way to open a knife. Thanks so much for your design innovation. :)

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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby Mad Mac » Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:20 pm

It is said that the definition of confidence is the feeling one has until one finds out all the facts.

I was confident there would be no Cara Cara upgrades and pontificated as much in an earlier post. To my surprise, I have discovered variations of Cara Cara knives offered by the Company now include a choice of titanium, stainless and G-10 handles, a rescue version and a black blade with black clip. Perhaps blade steel upgrades are in the future after all.
1990: Endura SE, Delica PE, Mariner, Police. 2014: ClipiTool Bottle Opener. 2015: Kitchen Knife PE, Tenacious CE, Stretch PE, Moran Drop Point, Kiwi, two Byrd Cara Caras, Schempp Bowie, Native 5 Forum Knife, Sharpmaker, Police SE, Small SpyderPac, Ultra-Fine Stones, Tenacious SE, 4" Paring Knife, 2" Paring Knife, Starmate. 2016: The Spyderco Story, The Tactical Folding Knife, USN Ladybug H-1 Hawkbill SE, Black BaliYo, Yellow H-1 Salt Dragonfly 2 SE, Ulize, Pink Native 5 PE, Renegade C23PS and C23P, Gayle Bradley 2, Double Bevel, Gayle Bradley Air, Cricket Blue Nishjin, Centofante Memory, K2, two Large Lum Pink G10, Rubicon. 2017: Battlestation, Orange Positron, Gray Baliyo, Native 5 CE, Tenacious CE. 2018: EuroEdge, ClipiTool Standard, 2019 Calendar Contest Rhino CF PLN.
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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby ToneGrail » Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:31 pm

I'd love to have a fully serrated Cara Cara (non rescue) or an Emerson Wave Cara Cara. I think either of those would be a big hit.

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Re: Byrd Cara Cara Lovers

Postby CascadianAaron » Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:58 pm

I love the FRN handle for use with gloves, great in the winter and camping. The blade shape and size works great for so many uses (I've even chopped kindling with it). BUT, the blade pivot has never "broken in" for me. Even when I loosen the pivot so the blade has play except when locked open, it is still very stiff. And the lock itself is very stiff. I can open and close with one hand, but compared to my Tenacious it's night and day. The Tenacious is the smoothest opening blade I own, regardless of where it is made. Easy to open, easy to close, smooth as silk and no play. I understand I'm comparing a $20 knife to a $40 knife, but they're both made in China so I am surprised how different the pivot action is.

Anyone have suggestions on how to get a smoother opening and closing action out of the Cara Cara? Or is this just how they work...


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