C134 Gayle Bradley

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The C134 Gayle Bradley was introduced in December 2009.

Appearance in catalogs

The C134 Gayle Bradley appeared in the following catalog:

Designer

Gayle Bradley

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Spyderco forums:

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C134CF Bradley Folder

"For those not familiar with Gayle Bradley, he produces handmade folders and fixed-blades. He's a Texan who started making custom knives in 1988 and when customers discovered his handmades, his reputation mushroomed, tagging him as a knifemaker who focused on building exceptional knives for hard-use. We believe you will find our Spyderco collaboration impressive not only in its performance abilities but in it's fine appearance as well.

Several years ago Gayle won a BladeSports World Cutting Competition further expanding his reputation by claiming his title with a fixed-blade that plowed through everything including eleven-inches of hanging rope. Bradley knives aren't for fingernail cleaners or showmen but for use down on the ground ' getting gritty and dirty. His first collaboration with a production company we're glad to say is with Spyderco. The C134 Gayle Bradley Folder pulls together his reputational forte; anteing up a hard-use folder design to which Spyderco added an exotic and premium blade steel and an unexpected touch of gentrification.

The blade is hollow-ground satin finished Crucible Steel CPM-M4. Original M4 made its good name as a tool steel with high resistance to impact. Crucible's version incorporates their CPM-powdered metal manufacturing process with M4 creating a superfine, consistent steel-grain structure heightening its' already impressive impact resistance even more. Its modified drop-point blade also has a weight-reducing swedge located at the spine.

The handle is twill carbon fiber with a Michael Walker LinerLock for safe, secure lock up while adding a refined, gentlemanly appearance. Inside are two full-length internal liners adding rigidity to the handle that has screw- together construction for adjustments or cleaning. A four-way hourglass clip lets you choose to carry the folder; tip-up/tip-down, left/right handed."


The C134 Gayle Bradley in Spyderco's online catalog.

C134CF2 Bradley Folder 2

"The Bradley Folder 2 is a direct reflection of Spyderco’s deep commitment to making even the best designs better through Constant Quality Improvement (C.Q.I.). It faithfully retains all the core qualities that made Gayle Bradley’s first-generation design so popular, but in a form that is slimmer, lighter, and more ergonomically refined than the original Bradley Folder. Its slightly longer handle offers enhanced leverage and control, while the subtle texture and flat profile of the scales provide a secure grip that remains comfortable even during extended use.

The blade of this highly evolved folder is hollow-ground from high-alloy, CPM® M4 tool steel. This special-purpose high-speed steel was created for applications requiring better wear resistance and toughness than M2 or M3 alloys. Thanks to the particle metallurgy process, its structure is extremely homogenous and offers superior dimensional stability, grindability, and toughness. CPM M4 is, however, a tool steel—not a stainless steel—and must be maintained properly to avoid corrosion.

The Bradley Folder 2’s handle features exceptionally thick full skeletonized stainless steel liners, a high-strength LinerLock mechanism, and carbon fiber/G-10 laminate scales that are slightly smaller than the profile of the liners. This handle style offers a hand-filling grip and excellent tactile orientation, while still keeping the knife slim and easy to carry. A four-position hourglass clip allows a full spectrum of carry positions, including both tip-up and tip-down carry on both the left and right sides."

The C134 Bradley Folder 2 in Spyderco's online catalog.

Variations

The C134 Gayle Bradley is made in Taiwan and has a

  • Michael Walker Liner Lock system
  • Twill carbon fiber scales
  • Full skeletonized stainless steel liners (except for the initial run(s) of the original version)
SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C134CFP Twill CF PE CPM-M4 late 2009-Oct. 2015 214.95$ (2010). 279.95$ (2015) Proud liners (meaning they extend out further than the scale material). Some of the first run were missing Bradley's logo on the blade. N/A Hollow Dark chrome 4-way Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Main
C134CFP2 Twill CF PE CPM-M4 Dec. 2015- 229.95$ (2015) Bradley Folder 2 is slimmer, lighter, and has more refined ergonomics than the original. N/A Hollow Dark chrome 4-way Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Main

Most collectible variation

A few hundred early examples were produced that are missing Gayle Bradley's maker's mark.

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C134 Gayle Bradley:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C134CF 205mm 119mm 87mm 81mm 13mm 3mm 155g
C134CF2 215mm 122mm 93mm 87mm 12mm 3mm 128g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C134 Gayle Bradley:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C134CF 8.078" 4.687" 3.348" 3.188" 0.5" 0.125" 5.5oz
C134CF2 8.48" 4.82" 3.66" 3.42" 0.47" 0.118" 4.5oz

References


Weblinks

First picture

Shipping announcement

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Spyderco Designer's Insight Series video interview with Gayle Bradley about his Bradley folder.

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