Bradford Knives – Guardian3 False Edge


Today were gonna take a look at the Bradford Knives Guardian3 False Edge fixed blade knife.  Bradford Knives is owned and operated by Brad Larkin out of the Seattle area. Bradford Knives started in late 2012 with a desire to manufacture high end American made knives using high grade materials at an affordable price.


The specs:
Overall Length – 6.75″
Blade Length – 3.50″
Cutting Edge – 3.00″
Blade Thickness – 0.15″
Blade Steel – M390, 61RC
Handle Material – G-10
Weight – 3.56 oz.

The Bradford Knives Guardian3 is a great little blade. It is strong, tough, and has it where it counts. The Guardian3 is even better when paired with G-10 handles scales, and is the perfect companion for your bigger survival knives,  hatchets, or on its own in my situation.

As a cyclist I was in the market for a small compact fixed blade that I could carry with me. I knew I wanted it to have a super steel for edge retention but I didn’t wanna spend a fortune since it was only something I’d carry while cycling. The Guardian3 delivered on all my expectations. Lets take a closer look at this knife…


Above is the Bradford Knives Guardian3 False Edge variation. The false edge, or swedge as some call it adds very nice aesthetics to the blade. But it’s also functional in that it allows the point to penetrate easier and it removes some metal from the blade. This allows the maker to make a more well-balanced knife.

The M390 steel has been holding up great. Over the weekend I really abused it at my fathers house. From batoning 2×4’s in half, chopping firewood, cutting up shipping boxes, and old rolls of carpet. This knife really met and exceeded my expectations. And even after all the above it’s still razor sharp!

The handle has beautiful ergonomics. It has a very simplistic design and it fits my hands very nicely. The front finger choil is perfectly placed and allows for precision cutting task and the jimping on the spine of the blade really allow you to get a solid purchase on the knife. The texture machined g10 scales has a nice feel. The fit of the g10 handles around the tang is absolutely perfect! And on the butt of the knife you’ll see an ample sized lanyard loophole if that’s something your into.

The knife comes with a beautiful handcrafted and embossed Bradford Knives leather sheath. Me personally, I’m not a big fan of leather but I can appreciate the quality and fit. Don’t worry though, Brad is going to be offering Kydex for these bad boys! And I will certainly be getting one of those.

My final conclusion on the Bradford Guardian3 False Edge:  The Bradford Guardian3 is a great little knife. The simple design and sturdy construction make for a very versatile tool that works just as well around the house as it does out on the bike trail. If you need a small no-nonsense utility knife then I would say to look no further. The leather sheath, while it’s not appealing to me is of excellent quality and fitment, the handle is comfortable.

The Guardian3 goes for around $160 for the knife and the sheath. I’d say these are fair prices. Remember that these knives are made in the USA and that Brad has a no questions asked lifetime warranty so if anything happens to the knife he will stand behind his product. Some will argue these knives are expensive – I think in this case you get what you pay for.

Definitely check out Bradford Knives if your in the market for a fixed blade knife.

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