Byrd Knives are a popular line that is created in close partnership with Spyderco. As a result, Byrd Knives are made to the finest manufacturing tolerances, with the best materials, and to be as comfortable as possible for the user.
There are three standard materials used in Byrd Knives; stainless steel, G-10, or FRN material. The all stainless steel knives provide durability and heft. The G-10 knives have handles made from fiberglass soaked in an epoxy resin making them strong, lighter than steel, and resistant to damage. FRN knives have handles made from a combination of nylon and glass fibers. FRN is very lightweight, affordable, and strong.
Byrd knife blades are made from 8Cr13MoV steel and compares elementally with steel designated AUS-8. These knives are high carbon, about eight percent, with the addition of molybdenum and vanadium. All three of these added metals enhance the steel blade in some way. Molybdenum increases the blade strength and hardness. Vanadium improves toughness and wear resistance. Carbon makes the blade more resistant to scratches and wear, and further improves its tensile strength. The resulting blade is strong, hard, resistant to damage, and retains its edge for a longer period of time.
Each Byrd knife features a comet shaped cutout in the base of the blade. This not only signals their commitment to creating knives to fine manufacturing tolerances, and paying close attention to detail, it also lightens the overall weight of the knife.
Manufacturers of the Byrd line have also improved their designs since 2011, making these knives more comfortable to use than ever before. Jimping on the thumb curve and the spine of the blade improves the user's control of the knife in action and improves grip. Jimping is a special series of crosshatching that provides a no-slip surface for the thumb.
Another feature making these knives safer to use, is the David Boye cutaway on the mid-back position lock. Anyone who has owned locking knife knows that some knives can accidentally unlock when in use, just from gripping the handle too tightly. The Boye cutaway keeps the lock hidden in the knife handle, protecting it and the user's fingers from an accident.
Byrd offers three basic blade types to customers through Spyderco; the plain edge, combo edge, and serrated edge. Each one offers benefits for the user. A plain edge provides a longer cutting edge for slicing and dicing. The serrated edge is perfect for sawing through tough materials. The combo edge blade offers the best of both for those who want a knife that can handle any situation.
On top of all of these features the Byrd line includes a wide array of useful, and practical knives. Those looking for a good every day knife can find it in the Byrd Robin. Those who want a useful knife for emergencies can look to the Meadowlark 2 Rescue knife. Fishermen will love the Byrd Crossbill for its ability to slice through nets and line. Just look through the catalog of Byrd knives to see what is available.