The Byrd Cara Cara Rescue pocket knife is a super utility knife that fits easily in your pocket. I bought one on ebay for $15 a short while ago. It has fast become one of my favorite knives. It is simple, elegant and easy to use. On top of it all it is inexpensive but still top quality. Unfortunately it isn’t made in the United States but that is why is so inexpensive.
The Byrd Cara Cara Rescue is a simple pocket knife with a sheepsfoot blade. The Byrd brand of knives is Spyderco’s cheaper brand of knives for the everyman. Let me tell you this, this everyman likes them. I like them a lot. Well I like my Byrd Cara Cara Rescue a great deal. Having it I don’t feel the need for another knife of similar design. That’s how great I feel this knife is. Don’t get me wrong if I dropped it off a cliff by accident I would surely replace it. I’m just saying that I have such confidence in this blade that I don’t feel I need a second.
The knife itself has a sheepsfoot blade. Which is a blade that resembles a sheep’s foot. The back of the blade curves down to the point giving it a dull point. Which makes it all the better for rescue purposes as it becomes more difficult to accidentally cut someone. I will admit though I haven’t rescued anyone with mine.
It has found use in opening boxes, cutting paracord, shaving a stick down to size for a marshmallow and other tasks I can’t begin to remember.
I have one with a regular blade but they are available with a serrated blade. The knife uses a lockback mechanism to hold the blade safely in place. The thumb hole makes opening the knife easily with either hand and the pocket clip lets it sit great at the top of your pocket. The pocket clip can also be moved from side to side for true ambidextrous use.
One feature I like about this knife over others I own is that while it is rather big, with a 4 inch blade, it fits easily in the pocket. I remember its there but it doesn’t get the way or make me feel like I’m carrying a brick around with me.
The stainless blade stays clean and sharp and the scales have stainless steel linings as well.
Overall it is a very nice pocket knife and I would not hesitate to buy another one to replace this one. Perhaps I’ll launch a preemptive strike and buy another one anyway but I don’t think I will need to replace this one for a long time.