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Some MT owners posted the spine whacking failure on some of their folders. I guess MT listened and came out with their MicroBar -- the thickest liner (almost half the blade width?) I've seen yet on a folder.
Yes the Hawk is an auto and like all good things they must come to an end some time or manifest them selves into something new. I sent a Hawk to Joel for work he did on my blowgun graphics. After seeing his talent I called Tony at Microtech and got him on the computer to see Joel's abilities with design. Joel made their logo and debuted it here on BladeForums.
He also has a cool looking Hawk OTF design but the link to it does not work anymore. Joel you reading this?
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Wow, those are both some fine-looking knives. But I have to ask a functional question. Both Hawk and Kestrel are defensive folders, right? Now, the Hawk has a real "beak" that you could hook into something and expect to deliver a good cut with. Look at the Kestrel; that blade's basically only the slightest curve away from being a Warncliff.
Although I collect Microtechs, I've always had a bone to pick regarding their high prices. This is no exception. The manual version is projected to be around $230 and the auto around $280. The Vector will be $100 higher still. These are tiny knives, about the size of a mini-SOCOM, too small in my opinion. I think a 3.5" blade is about the minimum length for practical use (not that a hawkbill lends itself to much in the way of practicality).