Bradford Knives Reveals Sheepsfoot Guardian 3 for EDC

Bradford Knives is expanding their Guardian 3 lineup with the Guardian 3 Sheepsfoot (G3S). The latest version of the popular fixed blade is optimized for EDC with a new blade shape and a redesigned finger choil.

The G3S’ 3-inch modified sheepsfoot blade is made of M390 and configured for efficient cutting. “With the sheepsfoot you keep the general edge shape of the G3 but get more rigidity and slicing performance,” says Brad Larkin, owner of Bradford Knives. The G3S features a full-height flat grind, which was only available in limited runs on the original G3. “With that full-height grind you get a truly superior slicing geometry.”

Instead of a finger choil terminating at the start of the edge, the G3S has a dedicated guard that backs users’ index finger away from the blade. The finger choil itself is also larger. Larkin says these adjustments follow requests from customers. “We took to heart some feedback and decided to create a design with a guard and larger choil to give more room for handling the knife.”

The idea of a fixed blade for EDC is becoming a popular one and the Guardian 3 series is at the forefront of the trend. Larkin says years of using a G3 has made it hard to go back to a folding knife. “I’ve stopped carrying a folder with me. I’m so used to carry a fixed blade now.” The G3S’ leather sheath is designed for concealed, horizontal carry. “It’s quick to deploy, easy to sheath, and totally concealed. Even with a folder, you still see a pocket clip,” he says.

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Bradford Knives began in 2012 with an unusual goal. “We started with the idea of using a super high-end material to make the world’s best steak knife,” Larkin explains. They produced the Gatsby, a steak knife made from M390 blade steel. Many Gatsby owners took advantage of the ergonomics and high-end steel away from the dinner table. “A lot of customers bought it for the steel to take it outside and use it for work. So with that in mind we made the Guardian 3.”

The G3S will have all the customization options as the standard G3. Larkin says it will be available from dealers immediately after Blade Show.

Knife featured in image: Bradford Knives Guardian 3 Sheepsfoot G3S