Another one of my EDC, a hawkbill electrician’s knife distributed by Klein Tools; this is a no nonsense working man’s knife. As best I can tell it was probably made by Utica. The hawkbill blade has several advantages over the spear blade when it comes to cutting or scribing but has a major drawback when it comes to punching or awl work.
As with my other Klein electrician’s knife; this one is post 1960s as attested by the “Klein Tools” tang stamp. You’ll also note that the hawk bill blade has been heavily used. This will happen if you use the blade and have to sharpen it. This one gets a lot of use on telephone and speaker wires.
You’ll also notice that the screw driver tip has seen better days. The main problem with the screwdriver/stripper blade on electrician’s knives is they are long which means they are going to be subject to warping due to torque. This is going to happen if you use the blade a lot. The fact that the screwdriver blade locks makes it even more prone to over use as it will be even easier to apply excessive torque without the blade folding. It will happen even faster if you use it loosen rusty screws or need to really tighten down a screw. It is not as good as a real screwdriver. The plus side of the long screwdriver compared to the one normally found on camp knives or Swiss Army knives is that it can reach places the short screw drivers can’t.
As you can tell by the pics, this little knife has been used quite a bit, but due to the quality of Klein Tools it still has quite a few years of life left in it.
Pattern: Hawkbill Electrician's