Spyderco Designer's Insight Series - The Bradley Air

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Spyderco Designer's Insight Series - The Bradley Air

Postby Michael Janich » Thu May 16, 2013 9:14 am

In the latest installment of the Designer's Insight Series, renowned custom knifemaker, designer, and former competitive cutting champion Gayle Bradley provides the inside story of his popular Air pocketknife.

We hope you enjoy it!

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[video=youtube;5i2p2YHQzn8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i2p2YHQ ... e=youtu.be[/video]
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Postby hiredgun » Thu May 16, 2013 9:26 am

Thank you Mike. I really enjoyed the video and you gotta love the bandaid on Mr. Bradley's left index finger. A truly legit knife maker! I also love the quote, "Contracts just make lawyers rich".
I handled the Bradley Air for the first time last week at the local knife store and I definitely have it on my list.
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Postby endgame » Thu May 16, 2013 9:42 am

Well I see my next knife!

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Postby phillipsted » Thu May 16, 2013 10:39 am

I love the Air - it is a fantastic piece of kit. I'm a sucker for small, lightweight, true pocket knives (I never liked the term "gentleman's folder").

Gayle, thanks for taking the time to give us a little history on this knife - and thanks, Mike, for bringing the video to us!

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Postby DeathBySnooSnoo » Thu May 16, 2013 10:43 am

Ha I love that even Gayle says that no one uses that other lock release. Maybe in the future they will just eliminate it....
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Postby SolidState » Thu May 16, 2013 10:50 am

These are always great. I learn a lot every time you post one. Thank you for continuing this series.
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Postby GoodEyeSniper » Thu May 16, 2013 12:40 pm

been tempted to get this for so long. would make a tremendous partner to my m4 Millie, IMO.

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Postby Sequimite » Thu May 16, 2013 12:47 pm

Fabulous. Keep 'em coming.
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Postby kbuzbee » Thu May 16, 2013 12:50 pm

Outstanding.

Love this series.

Of course, I voted "clip" ;)

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Postby WireEdge Roger » Thu May 16, 2013 1:06 pm

That was a fun little video! I've talked to Gayle and his wife at shows, they are very nice in person too.

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Postby GoodEyeSniper » Thu May 16, 2013 1:07 pm

what did you use to patina yours?

also it's so refreshing to see the trust and respect between Gayle and Sal/spyderco in this day and age.

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Postby JoeKansas » Thu May 16, 2013 1:08 pm

Thanks for the video. I just received my Air 6 days ago. I would prefer a clip on this knife but it is so small and has such a low profile that it does not bother me to carry it in my pocket. I actually use the first cut out to close the liner lock. I have not carried a small liner lock for a long time. When I first tried closing the knife using the opening hole cut out I was putting too much pressure on the spine of the blade and almost closing it on my thumb. If the lock cut out is used the tang stops on your thumb much like a finger catches in the choil of a lock back knife. I am really pleased with the fit and finish of this knife. Great job Spyderco and Mr. Bradley! Joe.

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Postby captnvegtble » Thu May 16, 2013 1:18 pm

Great video, thanks. I have much respect for Galye and Sal and the way they do buisness.

I have to say, I really wish the Air had a clip. I just don't like carrying knives deep in my pockets.

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Postby Mr Blonde » Thu May 16, 2013 1:21 pm

Again, a great video! Thanks for putting this together Mike.
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Postby gbelleh » Thu May 16, 2013 1:35 pm

First, thank you again for posting these videos!

I also wish the Air had a clip (or at the very least, a nice pouch). I won't carry a liner lock loose in my pocket. It just seems way too easy for it to open in the pocket.

It's funny that the designer seems a bit unsure of why the second lock cutout is there. I find it way too small to easily use, and seem to always get pinched trying to use it.

Anyway, it's a great little knife, and very interesting to hear the designers' insights.
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Postby GoodEyeSniper » Thu May 16, 2013 2:49 pm

he wasn't unsure why the cutout is there. the small one is for the lock access, the large one is the opening hole access.

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Postby gbelleh » Thu May 16, 2013 3:13 pm

GoodEyeSniper wrote:he wasn't unsure why the cutout is there. the small one is for the lock access, the large one is the opening hole access.
Right. Unsure of the usefulness of it I guess I should've said.

It's been a while since I've used my Air, but I've been carrying it in my watch pocket today. I almost forgot how feathery light it is. It's nice to look at too. I'm really considering trying to add a clip to it myself.
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Postby dbcad » Thu May 16, 2013 4:03 pm

Nice video :) Quite enjoyed Mr Bradleys comments to the effect that contracts only make lawyers rich :D Mutual Honor and respect are more powerful than any contract :)

Thanks to everyone involved in making the Air happen :) For me the intended cutout for closing is used :) I can feel for it without looking and makes the knife as effortless to close as it does to open.

The Air is truly oustanding :eek:
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Postby J D Wijbenga » Fri May 17, 2013 9:14 am

Nice to see another video in this informative series! Keep it up :-)

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Postby Shakyamuni » Fri May 17, 2013 1:16 pm

I have one whose scales are dyed red. I think it looks even cooler!

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