I originally posted this in late 2010. But I'm reposting it here in the Byrd forum.
I received a new Byrd Meadowlark 2 yesterday. I've been looking forward to the new Byrds mainly for the new pocket clips. I found the original Byrd clips so pants-ripping strong that they're pretty much useless and removed them from all my Byrds.
I have to say, I'm very impressed with the new Meadowlark. This is pretty much a Delica with a choil and different steel. The Delica is still worth the price difference, IMO because it does have some nice touches and refinement that the Byrd lacks, not to mention better steel. But, for $20 this is an amazing value!
I really like the new blade shape, and smaller hole. I also like the look of the FRN pattern and the lack of holes in the scales in the new Byrd. And of course, the pocket clip is much improved, and has just the right tension.
Here are some pics of the Meadowlark 2, side by side with an original Meadowlark and a FFG Delica 4. Great improvements!