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Bradford USA: Guardian 4, 5, 6

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by Gary W. Graley, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. ElConquistador

    ElConquistador

    498
    Feb 12, 2007
    Thanks. The 4,5, and 6 seem pretty obscure for some reason. They seem like they should have more of a following.
     
  2. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Brad could probably answer best, the Guardian 3 was the first entry followed by the other three, by request or just natural progression, but that might have been a small bubble for the middle sizes, while the 3 is great neck carry size and weight or just for all around carry, the 4 for me I liked as well too, hard not to like!
    G2
     
  3. Jacob Berry

    Jacob Berry

    6
    Oct 8, 2017
    Really late to the party...I have been eyeing some bark rivers in 3v in the 5-7 inch range as my military-outdoors-everything knife. Currently stationed in Korea. Saw the Guardian 6. Ended up ordering it with the 3D micarta scales, saber grind, 2 days ago based on this review. My question is, is the spine squared off, and how is the thickness of the blade near the secondary bevel? as I plan to slowly adjust the secondary edge to convex through natural sharpening during the course of the knife's life.
     
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  4. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Great choice, I don’t have that knife at hand any more, as I change things a lot...way too often my family things LOL but I remember it was ground down fairly thin and you should be able to get that into a nice convex shape easily I think.

    The spine I believe was more squared but wasn’t sharp edged, but if you are looking for a spot to strike a fire starter, you could always stone in a small area just for that purpose too.

    Brad of Bradford Knives use to have a makers level here but has since lapsed, I think he still comes into the forum though and should be able to let you know both answers on his new released versions.

    G2
     
  5. FWO

    FWO

    622
    Oct 31, 1998
    I bought the 4" unit in carbon fiber for a friends son who is a crew chief on a C130. Steel M390. He has had it for a year and still thinks it is the right tool for the job.
     
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  6. chiral.grolim

    chiral.grolim Universal Kydex Sheath Extension Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 2, 2008
    The G4 that I had for a short time was stonewashed and, as you can see from this photo, was quite rounded on the corners, no chance of scraping a ferro-rod without modification. But as Gary wrote, you could cut a square section into the spine if desired.
    The edge thickness on the 4 was 0.025" - not really a slicer but good enough, more suitable for harder use. As with ANY knife, touching it up on a strop each time it needs a sharpening will convex the edge and softer the edge-shoulders over time. No worries there :thumbsup:
    And if you are looking for a way to carry it lower on your side, i can help you there :cool: (see my sig-line for a link to my UKE 2.0)

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  7. Impulse600

    Impulse600

    280
    May 24, 2016
    Im interested in seeing what you think of his new G3 in SG2?
     
  8. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Sorry not familiar with that one...
    G2
     
  9. Impulse600

    Impulse600

    280
    May 24, 2016
    Brad teamed up with BladeGallery and did a run of Takefu Super Gold 2 Guardian 3's and Gatsby steak knives. I just picked one up and love it![​IMG]
     
  10. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Wow very nice!
    G2
     
  11. Garrett Ferrell

    Garrett Ferrell

    5
    Oct 5, 2019
    I know this thread is old but I must say Bradford makes a great knife..I bought the Bradford Guardian 3 with the thinner diamond pattern G10 scales and Guardian 4 with the canvas micarta scales,they are easily 2 of my favorite knives..I plan on buying the Guardian 5.5 in the near future
     
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  12. Garrett Ferrell

    Garrett Ferrell

    5
    Oct 5, 2019
    I know this thread is old but I must say Bradford makes a great knife..I bought the Bradford Guardian 3 with the thinner diamond pattern G10 scales and Guardian 4 with the canvas micarta scales,they are easily 2 of my favorite knives..I plan on buying the Guardian 5.5 in the near future
     
  13. BBW

    BBW Gold Member Gold Member

    805
    Dec 2, 2005
    I have the 5.5 and is a beast. Love it. One day ill get a G4.
     
  14. vba

    vba

    537
    Jan 12, 2009
    I own the G3 and G4 both in M390. Love both these knives as they have worked hard for me in the 3 years I've had them.

    I rate them as high or higher than the more expensive Bark Rivers I own.
     
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