I really like that type of blade design and I was wondering what company makes a good hawkbill shaped knife? I saw the Microtech Kestrel and it looks pretty good. I need some opinions and advice, but i want to stay under $200.
One more to consider: The Kershaw 1402 Talon. Recommended retail is $130 but shop around for places that sell then for $80-90.
Doesn't get as much media time as the Spydies or MicroTechs, but it locks precisely (liner a bit thin though), slices like a dream, opens smoothly (better than any production folder I've ever handled), and fit and finish are near perfect.
"Praise not the day until evening has come;a sword until it is tried; ice until it has been crossed; beer until it has been drunk" - Viking proverb
Spyderco harpy. For many years I carried a Spyderco Merlin as my main utility knife. The hawkbill design is NOT as limited as most people think. The Merlin Excelled at any task I threw at it. IMHO the Harpy is a much sturdier version of the Merlin and would make a great utility knife.
The MT Kestrel is a great knife, both manual or auto. The auto's I have really kick! If you're thinking about a fixed blade, I'd like to recommend Neil Blackwood's miniHawksbill.Great design, excellent workmanship, very well-made kydex sheath. And Neil is a great guy to deal with.
I am going to have to give yet another plug for the Spyderco Harpy. I am holding one as I type this and I have to say that this knife is a bad A$$! It is scarry sharp right out of the box and built like a tank!! I am trying to flex it laterally and cannot! I also like how the lock(lockback) is concaved and not flush with the handle. This makes disengaging the lock on accident, nearly(give it time, some dummy will figure out how to do it
Matriarchs seems to be harder to find here in France than they were in the U.S.
I found one for the first time only two months ago and as far as I know, the dealer had found ten pieces and they were the first to come in France.
I had a lot of chance to buy one
Hi EiNLaNZeR. Of course I'm biaased, but if you can find a G10 handled Harpy with the single stainless liner, that is the most knife in a hawkbill on the market. They were discontinued a while back so they went at very low prices for a while.