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This Guardian 3 model has a stonewash finished blade with a false edge grind and 3D natural Micarta handle scales.
The Guardian3 is a relatively compact fixed blade that is designed to handle the work load that might typically fall upon a heavy duty everyday folder. Bradford Knives uses Bohler M390 steel with a double temper and cryo treatment for exceptional blade characteristics. Machined micarta scales offer a comfortable grip without being abrasive. Each knife includes a premium leather sheath with belt loop and plastic blade insert.
Bradford Knives are made in the Pacific Northwest, and while relatively new to the knife making scene Bradford is well-versed in machining and has a passion for knives that comes though in his finished product.
I got this knife in early September and wanted to own it for a while before I left a review. So after owning it for nearly 2 months I think I know what I do and don’t like about the knife. The handle was praised by most people who reviewed it to be the most comfortable. I have medium to large size hands a lot of times I can wear medium gloves. With that being said I could only grip it with three fingers but I learned to work around that and it was ok. The blade came sharp like I would expect a quality knife to but o feel like the edge retention was not any better than the 35 dollar leek that I carried for 2 years. I found it needed to be honed at least once a week to keep a good edge. I used it to cut open boxes and packages sharpen pencils nothing abusive at all. The false edge design is something I will never get on another knife. It makes it very difficult to sharpen with a clamp system like lansky or work sharp. The sheath is complete garbage and is something I struggled with the last two months I had this knife. I wear a belt everywhere I go therefore this knife followed. When I first got the knife I struggled to return it to the sheath without using two hands and looking down to get the alignment right. It is made with a plastic sleeve inside that is supposed to protect the knife but instead it just snags the tip and causes the blade to go between the plastic and leather making you pull out and reinsert. The worst part about this sheath is how loose it holds the knife normally this is not a problem while carrying in the vertical position because it can’t really go anywhere. There were a few occasions where it fell out while I was taking my pants off and that’s not only very unsafe for me but I also have a 18 month old daughter that’s constantly at my side. The worst part about the sheath is that it dropped my knife while I was doing some forestry work on my parents property. I needed to cut a rope and reached for my knife to only be disappointed. We worked across 40 acres clearing brush and sadly the knife will most likely never be found. For nearly 200$ I would have expected the knife to come with a sheath that actually works. Very disappointed.