Now upgraded to include machine textured G-10 handle slabs, the new Crow offers improved handling in all types of weather. Opening the Spyderco Byrd Crow one-handed is possible. The trademark birds-eye loop in the blade responds even when your fingers are too numb to move — it’s certainly more convenient than old finger notch styles.
The knife seems small, but at 2-13/16 inches, the 8Cr13MoV high carbon stainless steel blade is actually a very useful size. At 2.6 ounces, the Crow makes a good trail knife for backpackers and hikers as well as a handy pocket clip folder for everyday use. Steel liners form the strong internal framework of the handle, including a stout liner lock for security during use. Shape of the blade base and the handle place the grip forward, near the cutting edge for finer control. Nearly four inches of handle plus the forward finger notch add up to a full-sized grip.
The Spyderco Byrd Crow G-10 has good qualities in a small size with many of the practical strengths of a larger knife. In fact, you’ll probably have less trouble with a simple design like this than with many one-hand opening folders touting speed and convenience. The only place where grit and dirt could seriously affect the knife’s performance is the liner lock. Any folding knife needs some cleaning, and the Spyderco Crow needs less than most.