Klein Tools is still in business today and they are still making hawkbills, however I prefer the older ones that were made by the Old Camillus Cutlery Factory. Klein makes tools for electricians. As I menetioned before Hawkbills are not true sailing knives but they are popular with sailors. What I like about this Klein Hawkbill is the brass liner lock and the bail. I bought the knife used and as can be seen it was not always sharpened corectly. It really doesn't matter too much. There is still plenty of hook to the blade which makes it easy to cut line.
This particular knife was made in 1976 and remains as tight and firm as the day it left the factory. This is the joy of these old Klein knives. They were made to last and can take a beating.
|Pattern: Locking Hawkbill
Manufacturer: Kein Tools
Closed Length: 4 1/2 inches
Blades: Half Hawkbill - 3 inch.
Blade 440 Stainless
Handle: Composition (Delrin)
Pins: Stainless steel
Liners: breass (Liner Lock)
Bail: Pinned, Stainless Steel wire.