Gayle Bradley is not just an outstanding knifemaker, he is also a former BladeSports champion with an unusual depth of practical knowledge regarding the interrelationship of knife design, materials, and performance. The Bradley Bowie is the application of that knowledge in the form of a versatile fixed blade knife. It has a PSF27 tool steel blade with full-flat grinds and swedge. Polished and contoured G-10 scales are attached to the full-tang blade by means of tubular rivets. The Bradley Bowie includes a molded Boltaron sheath with G-CLip attachment.
I’ve had this knife for a year and a half and it has served very well as a general purpose camp blade. The stock is not very thick but still beefy enough to flex into harder use. The original pattern was designed by Gayle Bradley as an elk skinner; not being a hunter, I’m not sure how it’d work for that application, but for me it’s been good for fire prep and food. The handle is quite comfortable even without the fairly common coke bottle swells. Might be a bit slick in certain scenarios, but it stays in hand quite swell when I did some light chopping with it. There’s not quite enough heft in this blade length and weight to actually chop efficiently, but it can do it without compromising the edge. This is my first experience with PSF27 and so far it sharpens fairly easily and exhibited very good toughness against wood. My friend borrowed it for a couple of seconds and promptly put a chip near the tip thanks to hitting a rock, so it’s not completely impervious. I found the factory edge bevel a bit thick for my tastes, so I’ve been gradually thinning and convexing the edge, so that chip is a mere hint at the moment (free serration?).