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Old 08-16-2017, 03:36 PM   #1
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My Bradford Guardian 4 just arrived!

Yikes, what a knife maker!

The bevel is perfectly shaped, front to back and then left to right. I tickled the dragon, and the edge almost bit me! I don't know how he can shape metal that tough that perfectly!

(In fact, if the knife ever goes dull, which I doubt, I wonder if I have sufficient Atoma stones to re-shape the edge. I will need the diamonds).

CPM-3V is an alloy that can cut other alloys and Kevlar. It's freaky hard!

The handle and finger choil are so ergonomically shaped it's like Brad measured my hand before he cut it. For those of you who are lucky enough to own a 1911 from Terry Tussey, every line on the knife has been "melted" and smoothed--and I looked!

I owned a Medford once which Doc bought. That knife and this Bradford are clearly the most perfect knives I have ever owned.

I talk on the phone with 'Resident every few weeks about sharpening and his sausage business. I wish he was my neighbor right now. I'd love to drop by, and say, "Hey, 'Res,' let's whack some meat!"

...and then watch the look on his face...

Edit: If you blow up the picture, you'll see three little white dots in front of the choil--I think they're my fingerprints. I say "think" because I never felt a thing!

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Old 08-16-2017, 03:41 PM   #2
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Wow...what a beautiful knife!!
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:26 PM   #3
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Nice ...don't take it out in a boat ...just leave it in the truck.
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Old 08-16-2017, 08:13 PM   #4
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Nice. And I looked them up and expected a higher price....
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Old 08-16-2017, 08:42 PM   #5
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I agree with Mike, they are nice. I also checked the website and they are not as expensive as I expected. I found a couple I liked.

I may have the old fat guy in the red suit bring me one or two.
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Old 08-17-2017, 02:17 AM   #6
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It's never the price that bothers me, it's the quality. This one is incredibly well made, right down to the little touches.

And it's a knife that's going to get used!
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Hummmm, do they make folders?
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:30 AM   #8
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No folders yet, but it's a matter of time. Look at TOPS. They built fixed blades--until the Mil-Spie series, which is one of the best line of folders out there.

I think if you like Brad's work, stock up now. His work has already hit the knife rags, and like we opined, a folder will show up one day, probably sooner than later.

...I gotta find something decent to slice today...
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Chico, Don't look know, but there is an M390 flipper Guardian on the web site.
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What grind did you choose?
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