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Not enough love for the Gayle Bradley 2

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by timbo813, May 3, 2017.

  1. Chucktabulous

    Chucktabulous

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    Jan 11, 2019
    Didn't know I could shake it open until I just tried it. It's never accidentally opened on me.
    It's actually fairly easy to just fling open if I want to. Don't ever see a need to open it that way.
     
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  2. Daniel

    Daniel Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 1998
    I like the Bradley I better than the Bradley II.
     
  3. Rusty_shackelford

    Rusty_shackelford

    May 3, 2013
    My gb1 has a weak detent.
     
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  4. blame it on god

    blame it on god

    Feb 21, 2013
    I can't explain it either, but my GB1 is my oldest but cleanest piece of M4. I too have treated them all the same, but every other piece of M4 has spots or starting a patina.
     
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  5. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    Just bought a NIB GB1 and GB2 from difference sources to add to my collection. :)
     
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  6. Knibes

    Knibes

    242
    Oct 9, 2013
    I ordered a GB2 but a GB1 showed up. Glad to have another but I still need a GB2.
     
  7. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Photos?! Who on earth still has a -1 in stock for order?
     
  8. Knibes

    Knibes

    242
    Oct 9, 2013
    Sure I will post some photos. It happened on the auction site with clear pictures of a GB2, dozens sold, 2 left. So I ordered both. Got refunded for one knife. The one that showed up is a GB1 (seven years old). Perfect condition.

    I modded my old GB1 to have flush liners.

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  9. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Wow. That's cool. What a dumb luck coincidence!

    Cool mod on the original liners. I have done the lockbar access mod before. I like that look you have on that one.
     
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  10. Knibes

    Knibes

    242
    Oct 9, 2013
    Thanks. I really like what it did to the feel of the knife. I want to try it on a GB2 because the GB2 doesn't have a choil so I wouldn't be grinding in a choil on the blade and therefore having to make a custom stop pin.

    Edit: On the GB2 it looks like the tip of the blade is too close to protruding from the knife when closed for my mod to work safely.
     
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  11. ronT2

    ronT2

    60
    Apr 23, 2016
    Although I do like the proud liners on the GB1 & 2 because to me they kind of take away some of that blocky feel. But I've got to say it looks like you did an excellent job. I'd love feel the difference, again awesome work!
     
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  12. Chucktabulous

    Chucktabulous

    134
    Jan 11, 2019
    Well, I guess I have to take back my previous statement. Just went to my storage and my GB1 has a lot of rust on it.
    I dunno. I really do love this cpmM4.
    None of my D2 has rusted. My A2 has a mist of rust. My M4 is permanently changed now.
    I blame M4 for my negligence.
    Couldn't possibly be my fault.
     
  13. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    Just received the GB1 and GB2 today.

    This is the 1st time I've ever handled either of them. I like the GB1 better because I like the feel of its larger size and heavier weight in my hand and I also like the more robust liners and the thicker liner lock, which are indicators to me that the GB1 is stronger and would hold up better to heavy use than the GB2. The additional thickness/weight of the GB1 also does not bother me as far as pocket carry is concerned.

    So, I would prefer to carry and use the GB1.

    BTW, the GB2 came w/a special insert from Spyderco stating that the M4 steel requires regular attention, should be oiled regularly to avoid discoloration and/or oxidation and that Spyderco denies liability for any such event.
     
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  14. Chucktabulous

    Chucktabulous

    134
    Jan 11, 2019
    Yeah, it's a tool steel. I like the look of wear on a good tool steel. All of my woodworking tools have a heavy patina.
    And yeah, the GB1 is a bit thicker which, IMHO, makes it much better for a work knife. I can use it pretty hard without discomforting bit into the hand.
     
  15. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    It's interesting that you have so many corrosion issues because you live in a dry climate. I have carried my GB1 quite a bit and also had it sitting unused for lengths of time and have yet to see a single speck of corrosion.
     
  16. Chucktabulous

    Chucktabulous

    134
    Jan 11, 2019
    I worked on the waterfront for many years and got a good patina on my GB1 but that's about it. It was used continuously so any rust that tried to take hold was quickly worked off. My coworker had a GB1 as well and he used his about as much as I used mine and his was a rust monster. He attributed it to being a sweaty guy... couldn't think of anything else to explain it.
    I maintained both knives on a regular basis and his most definitely was a rust monster. Probably some simple thing that I just can't figure out for the life of me.
    And again, all of my woodworking tools do not have stainless blades and they all are prone to rust and/or patina.
    IMHO, it's totally normal for high carbon steels that are frequently used.

    Me and my 2 cents.
     
  17. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    This is my 4th G.B.2. I've had them come in and out of my possession, and this last one I decided would be a permanent keeper.

    Today I modded the scale for a little better lock bar access. Less than 10 minutes, start to finish.

    To me this simple mod makes the knife simply perfect!

    Following this, the knife got a full sharpening on the W.E. up through 1200 ceramic stones, and she is simply singing sharp!

    This knife shares space with a Shiro in the top drawer of my knife chest as my two favorite folders (of all time).

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  18. dirc

    dirc

    Jan 31, 2018
    what is the actual hrc on the gb2? cpm-m4 should be an easy 62 but I've read somewhere else that they might temper it lower

    spyderco's website does not list it either : (
     
  19. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
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    This thing keeps getting better and better. I've had knives costing many multiples as much not as smooth or cut as well as this. All time favorite (in the running, anyway)
     
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  20. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    Here's a few pics with my lock access mod. Made a great knife absolutely spectacular.

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    Also did my Positron.

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