BY12 Starling

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The BY12 Starling is one of the smallest Byrd knife designs, designed for in-pocket carry or by attaching it to a keychain for example.

Appearance in catalogs

The BY12 Starling appeared in the following catalogs:


Sal Glesser

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

BY12 Starling 2

The second-generation Starling 2 is of the most anticipated additions to Spyderco’s economical byrd® line of knives. Specifically designed as a carry-anywhere pocketknife, it offers serious cutting performance in an extremely compact 1.1-ounce package. The business end of the Starling 2 is a full-flat-ground PlainEdge™ blade crafted from CTS BD1 stainless steel. Unlike the often troublesome nail nick of traditional pocketknives, its signature “comet-shaped” hole allows fingernail-free two-handed opening and proudly proclaims the knife’s membership in the byrd family.

The Starling 2’s handle is constructed with full stainless steel liners covered with textured G-10 scales that ensure a secure, non-slip grip. A sturdy back lock mechanism locks the blade firmly in the open position and a lanyard hole in the handle allows easy attachment of lanyards and even key chains. A true pocketknife, the Starling 2 does not include a clip.[1]


The BY12 Starling is made in China and features a:

  • Back Lock
  • Comet-shaped opening hole in the blade
SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
BY12BK Black FRN PE, SE 8Cr13Mov 2007 - 2008 The FRN handle features a feather-pattern N/A hollow grind N/A N/A Main
BY12G2 Black G-10 PE 8Cr13Mov 2017 - $52.00 (2022) N/A Full Flat grind N/A N/A Main

Most collectible variation

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the BY12 Starling:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Blade thickness Weight
BY12G2 112mm 63mm 50mm 45mm 2.3mm 31g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the BY12 Starling:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Blade thickness Weight
BY12G2 4.42" 2.47" 1.95" 1.77" 0.091" 1.1oz


  1. The BY12 Starling 2 in Spyderco's online catalog


The BY12 Starling 2.