In Hand: The Williams Bird Knife

We’ve been following Williams Knife Co. for quite some time.  They’ve recently gone through a re-branding and a big release of a bunch of new knives.  They are really working to plug all the holes – not just oyster knives and EDC blades.

One that really caught my eye is their Bird Knife.  I love the idea of carrying one of these in my field bag when chasing quail, pheasant, or waterfowl.  The comradery of breasting birds after a hunt (with a few Miller Lites) is like nothing else.  There’s blood.  And dirty jokes.  And a lot of cussing.  It’s perfect.  Typically these blades work well for trout as well.  Same type of work.

I got my hands on one, and here is my take:

Out of the box, I was taken by the weight.  It is NOT a light, flimsy knife.  The blade is constructed of M390 steel, which will hold an edge really well.  The handle is G-10, and is built to be a bit oversized so it fits well in your hand.  What I like so much is the size.  The 2.75″ blade is perfect for performing surgery on the birds.  It’s not a big, bulky blade, but shaped such that it’s great for tight spaces.  The total length is 6.75″, and includes a hard Kydex sheath that has a lockable belt clip.

I went with the ‘Sand’ color, which is a black blade and a tan handle.  They have quite a few color options that are field appropriate.

The $200 price point is digestible, but I’ll let you know how it performs after a year in the field.  I’ve got a bunch of trips lined up this year – trout, quail, pheasant, and duck (as of now).  I’ll bring this bad boy along and let you know how it goes.

Here are some unpacking images for your viewing pleasure:

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