Evil D wrote:
So which do you prefer? I can't say much since I haven't handled the 2 yet but from pics I think I'm leaning towards the original.
Totally different feel than the GB1. The combination of the choil and how the blade leans forward from the handle gives the GB1 a feeling of supreme utility and cutting power in hand, which defined the Bradley Folder for me. It's been my favorite friend for many large projects, and I don't think that will change anytime soon.
The GB2 looks and feels awesome, but is a more traditional and comparatively straight forward design. Its weight and width feels more proportional to the size of the knife than the GB1 (which is arguably a pocket brick), and the reduced price for such a premium fit and finish is outstanding.There is something about the bump in the handle right where the Spyderhole is on the GB2 that my thumb finds awkward. This might find a place in my rotation, just not where the GB1 goes. If it was a brother instead a replacement I'd probably like it even more. The GB2 is a great addition to the family, but not a "refined" GB1 IMHO.
Evil D wrote:I feel like the Mantra would end up collecting dust once I get it in my hands.
I love my Mantra2 and it hasn't left my pocket since I got it!