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Is NOW The Time: For a Fixed Blade Hawkbill?

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by JD Spydo, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    Being the hard core Hawkbill fan that I am I just can't help but wonder why the Great Spyder Factory hasn't done one of their premium Hawkbill blades in a "FIXED BLADE version. For those who have actually done major cutting jobs with a Hawkbill you just know you would get significantly more leverage with a thick spined, fixed blade version.

    I just know that I'm not alone on this one >>> and I'm sure that there are those out there that would savor a fixed blade Hawkbill. I say let's talk about it. What type of blade steel would you all like? What type of handle material? >> And probably most important is what type of sheath you would need for such a nice tool as a fixed blade Hawkbill?

    I wouldn't even mind an H -1 version to bolster the Salt Series. Although I would also like one in a SuperSteel blade and a Micarta handle similar to the one that they use on the Streetbeat model. OK what do you all say?
     
  2. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    I don't get it ??? As many people that love Spyderco's great Hawkbills and not one post in almost 21 hours. And as much as everyone loves Spyderco's fixed blades??? This is strange indeed.
     
  3. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    All right, I'd be down for a fixed blade version of the Superhawk.:)
    Keep the carbon fiber scales, maybe go with 3V or S90V for the steel selection.
    Or H1, and make it a marine knife...but keep the carbon fiber.
    Although blue G-10 would be cool too...
     
  4. Jenner 515

    Jenner 515

    Nov 27, 2002
    I could go for a blue G10 H1 fixed blade Hawkbill.

    Ive owned Harpies, Tasman Salts, a Spyderhawk, a Superhawk and a G10 Crossbill.


    Bring it. I'll buy one.
     
  5. GSO

    GSO

    229
    Feb 6, 2010
    I'd like to see a fixed hawkbill with a pronounced negative blade angle a la Schempp. I think it should work well with pull cuts.
     
  6. Muchblade

    Muchblade

    144
    Jun 4, 2009
    I'd like to see an H1 version but one in a supersteel would be nice too as long as the cutting edge is 3.5 to 4.5 inches long. I've got a Tasman SE, a Spyderhawk PE, and a Crossbill PE. Not too fond of the Crossbill. The weight and balance just don't work for me. But I EDC and enjoy using the other two
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2012
  7. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    HIGH FIVE!! On that one STABMAN.

    Those are some down right excellent suggestions. I'll go one further>> why not have all you mentioned plus an H-1 Salt Series version as well?

    And I do love the somewhat less radical design of the Superhawk for a fixed blade Hawkbill. However I wouldn't mind a smaller fixed blade Hawkbill the size of the Harpy with the Harpy blade style. I don't think it would hurt a thing to have a smaller one with a more defined curve and it might even be advantageous on small jobs.
     
  8. tjiscooler

    tjiscooler

    528
    Mar 17, 2008
    I want one in s90V. Maybe a smaller one for EDC use and one huge one for kicks!

    YESS.
     
  9. edctac

    edctac

    May 7, 2011
    I think a hawkbill mule would be pretty darn sweet!
     
  10. tjiscooler

    tjiscooler

    528
    Mar 17, 2008
    AHHH!! that would be a great idea, slap your own handle on there and save a few bucks.
     
  11. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    You're not alone on that one Brother :) I'm hearing the same thing on another great blade Forum I'm on frequently. I've thought for a long time that a fixed blade Hawkbill would probably win a lot of converts to the bent blade. Fixed blades without a doubt have more rigidity just by their nature and design.

    Having a wide array of different blade steels to choose from just like the MULE project to me would be like having some of the finest Russian Caviar on the planet :D With the success that Spyderco has had with Hawkbill blades they could even capture up to 90% of the overall market share with a project like that.

    I've wondered what a Hawkbill would be like with D-2, ZDP-189 or even S90V. You could even design the handle similar to the Mule handle because there are already companies like Halpern Titanium already making aftermarket handle scales. Yes indeed a MULEHAwK just makes good marketing sense when you think about it.
     
  12. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    That would be good, as hawkbills are already part of the Salt folder series.:)
     
  13. sherlockbonez

    sherlockbonez

    Apr 28, 2002
    A mule hawk may not be a bad idea.
     
  14. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    I was just on another forum where we were talking about Crucible's incredible 3V blade steel. I truly wish that if Spyderco does indeed do a fixed blade hawkbill I would truly love to see them do one in Crucible's S3V. If they were to do a MULE type run of fixed blade Hawkbills it would be an incredible way for them to introduce many blade steels that they either haven't done many blades with or just a way to see how some of these more obscure blade steels perform.

    With all that said I still don't see how they could do anything but win if they were to introduce a fixed bladed Hawkbill to their successful H-1 Salt Series. To have a larger fixed blade Hawkbill with a Superhawk style of blade and a smaller one with a Harpy type blade both in H-1>> and in PE and Spyderedge. Just think of the extra leverage you would have using a rigid fixed blade Hawkbill. It would truly give that sector of the market a big boost and make Spyderco the king of the hawkbill blades in every category.
     
  15. sherlockbonez

    sherlockbonez

    Apr 28, 2002
    Steel would not matter too much for me, but another hawkbill in H1 would be nice. I mostly use mine at the garden and anything will cut zucchini and eggplants. It hawkbill is very useful for trimming things like spinach and lettuce.

    Otherwise the other job is to clear weeds off the prop of the trolling motor, and H1 will also shine in that role.
     
  16. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    A Fixed Blade Hawkbill in the H-1 Salt Series just seems so proper to me I'm sort of baffled that they haven't done it already. A fixed blade Hawkbill in the Salt Series just seems so proper to me especially being that the Spyderhawk has just recently been deleted from the line up.

    That's also interesting that you let us know how good Hawkbills are for gardening. I've used Hawkbills in the garden for so many uses in the past and I've also used them for a lot of chores in landscaping work as well. But it just makes sense when you figure most everything in the Salt series is truly geared for hard work.

    Just think about how great a fixed blade hawkbill would work on those jobs.
     

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