Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
The standard Lock-Back hasn't lost any ground since it was first introduced decades ago, and if not for Spyderco (they call it a Back-Lock) these knives would probably still have thumbnail slits and require both hands for opening and closing the blade. And it should be little wonder why Spyderco provides such a variety of back-locks -- the reliability of the design is etched in stone. Enter the Byrd series of Spyderco knives and we find that most of these folders are back-locks, and all except one I have purchased were acceptable in their appearances considering the inherent rusticity of the series. They are every bit usable, and under certain conditions can be the better choice. Upon receiving this Byrd Flight it immediately took the place of my Cara Cara2 since both knives are back-locks and are very similar in size and design. The reason is because after reading how Spyderco has implemented a better build process in this latest 2nd generation of Byrds, instead of better, what I'm observing are blades that appear rough and wavy as if they were somehow passed over and sent out prior to being completed. The blade of the now almost extinct Flight is superior, as are all the blades of the Byrds I have that were hollow-ground sharpened.