Byrd Tern: First Impressions

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Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby Spydergirl88 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:43 pm

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

Postby J D Wijbenga » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:33 am

Looks like the size I like to. Currently enjoying the Elmax Urban. The Tern could be and inexpensive alternative.

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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby sparky2016 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:27 am

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.

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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby Jazz » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:37 am

I'm thinking of this one. How is the detent when open? Does it feel secure, like the UKPK?
- best wishes, Jazz.

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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby Spydergirl88 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:39 am

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.

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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby Ric » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:43 pm

The detent is strong than a Swiss Army Knife.

Unfortunately never handled a UKPK.

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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby Doc Dan » Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:49 pm

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?
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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby pantagana23 » Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:42 pm

Could a kind soul, if possible, take a picture of the Tern with Urban (UKPK as a bonus if you have this also.
Ordered one a month and a half ago and still waiting (2 months is now a standard shipping time from US to Europe if you don't use DHL or similar fast shipping options, which in case of a cheap knife like this just isn't cost effective), so would like to see the comparison.

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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby yowzer » Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:39 pm

pantagana23 wrote:
Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:42 pm
Could a kind soul, if possible, take a picture of the Tern with Urban (UKPK as a bonus if you have this also.
Here you go:

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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby pantagana23 » Wed Mar 24, 2021 4:23 pm

yowzer wrote:
Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:39 pm

Here you go:

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Thank you.

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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby OrangeShoes » Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:16 am

The knives appear to be handy and convenient to use. In Addition, the handle feels very nice and durable.

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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby S-3 ranch » Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:21 pm

Bought me a meadowlark, pretty decent knife, work in the ranching and hunting business
And am hard on my knife, sometimes opening 50-200 feed bags a day, so I carry a meadowlark and a old delica G-2 fully serrated
The lark is easy enough to strop or sharpen @17* on a worksharp, wish I had some D2 steel for just a bit more tougher steel

Edit I broke down 30-40 cardboard boxes and rolled the edge, but reprofiled the knife back to sharp enough to push cut a paper towel ( very interested to see how the Chinese steel will hold up)

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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby pantagana23 » Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:43 am

A little advice for any lefties changing sides of the pocket clip on the Tern:
DO NOT try to switch sides of screw and bolt on the back, nor extract the bolt part more than absolutely needed for the wire to slide in.

Just had half hour of my life lost reassembling it.

The spring is one piece and in the end you'll have to put all bolts from one side, insert blade, hope it doesn't deform G10, and screw it back together

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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby bjz » Mon May 03, 2021 10:01 pm

The tern is what converted me from being a kershaw guy. I used to work in a stuffy fed agency building and carried a tern daily for longer than I can recall, and still feels more “right” than just about any other folding knife I’ve ever used.

If you have larger hands or prefer a thin blade, you might prefer the UKPK. On the handful of terms I’ve owned (less than scrupulous security guards have acquired more than one over the years), they have all had fantastic action, which I actually prefer over the UKPN.

Now, if only the tern blade was as thin as the UKPN, it would be even better!

As somewhat mentioned by others, this blade most certainly benefits from a profile other than factory, but it’s 8cr so it’s a snap.

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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby sal » Tue May 04, 2021 12:07 am

We're in the middle of some design mods on the Tern.

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Re: Byrd Tern: First Impressions

Postby bjz » Sat May 08, 2021 10:12 am

sal wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 12:07 am
We're in the middle of some design mods on the Tern.

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Thinner blade?? A tern with a blade ground slimmer after the ricasso/plunge line (like the other 8cr Byrd’s) at a similar price as existing would be an instant purchase!

I could prob just pick up an urban, but when I first came across the tern it met the legalities of my workplace AND I just happened to be designing/building an island expressly for Caspian Tern nesting habitat at the time, so the Tern will always be special for me.


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