Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Review - Byrd Cara Cara 2

Every once in a while, you find a deal that seems too good to be true. "There must be a catch," you say to yourself. "That knife can't be that cheap." For a quality comparable to most Spyderco knives that I've seen, the Cara Cara 2, vastly outperforms its price.

The Cara Cara 2 is the newest generation of Cara Cara.
Manufactured in China by Byrd, a subsidiary company of Spyderco, the Cara Cara 2 just gets things right. The quality is amazing, especially considering that it is foreign-made. Being the second generation of Cara Cara, many of the features that weren't as attractive on the original are fixed. It has a 3.8", full flat ground blade made out of an excellent 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. The blade shape is excellent for slicing, while the thumbhole allows for ambidextrous easy opening of the blade.

The handle on the model that I tested is 4.8" long and made out of FRN (Fiber Reinforced Nylon), which is a very strong but light polymer material. The knife only weighs 3.8 oz! The handle has bi-directional checkering and provides a very good grip in the hand. There is also a lot of very functional jimping on the top of handle, continuing onto the spine of the blade.

The pocket clip has been improved in quality and even has a smooth area where the clip meets the handle, which prevents undue wear on the pocket material as you take out the knife and put it back. The clip, as it was on the previous Cara Cara, offers tip up/down, right/left handed carry.

The pocket clip allows for tip up/down, right/left handed carry.
This knife is a lockback design and locks open solidly. There is a cutout in the lock, which keeps your hand from acuating the lock when gripping the knife firmly.

The Cara Cara 2 really is an amazing blade. It is definitely one of the best values on the market out there. For all those who want a Spyderco knife, but can't afford one, the Byrd series of knives, namely the Cara Cara 2 is worth taking a look at. Just don't be fooled by the price.