I had the craziest thought this morning - a reimagining of Mr. Bradley's beautiful Air. I love so much about the knife, but living in Southern Louisiana has its drawbacks, including not being the most M4-friendly environment. In addition, I was thinking about how much I love, love, love the FRN chappie, and how successful that has been as a more utilitarian version of the classic dress/gent's folder. So I started to mash the two up in my mind and started to get very excited. Here's a first draft of what could easily become my spydie grail:
Steel: CTS-XHP - still pretty top-shelf but totally stable (in my experience at least) where I live with a bare minimum of attention
Handles: FRN (the same texture as the chappie? a new texture unique to the air ?) with stainless liners, and of course keeping the liners proud to the handles in classic Bradley fashion
Clip: addition of a wire clip to get this dress knife into more pockets than just coin pockets and suit jackets! (probably the biggest change to the original, but from what I've read Mr. Bradley was pretty 50/50 on clip vs. clipless and clipless was just where it came out for the original, please correct me if I'm misinformed!)
Everything else I'd leave the exact same to the original Air, especially the amazing wharnie blade shape - one of the biggest attractions imho.
Would love to hear y'alls thoughts about this great (or terrible?) idea.