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    Bradford Guardian 3 -- Too Small or Just Right?

    I'd like to buy a small fixed blade for my father. He has a neurological condition that makes fine motor skills (like manipulating a folder) difficult. I liked the description of the Bradford Guardian 3 as a fixed bladed that can be carried as easily as a folder but I'm worried it might be too small to easily hold on to. Anyone have any experience?

    Also considering an Izula II (which I have and like) but think the scales might be a little on the large side for him to comfortably carry daily. Any opinions would be appreciated.

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    Unless that is some sort of super-steel, the Bradford seems overpriced. You can get an Izula 2 for much less. If the Micarta scales are too big, remove them and cord wrap the handle or find some thinner scales. If you plan to cord wrap and your dad's hands aren't particularly large, you could save some money with the Izula (no scales and slightly smaller handle).


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    My understanding is that M390 is a super steel.

    From BladeHQ

    Bohler M390 is widely revered as being the best all-around knife steel, which has led top companies to widely utilize it in higher end knives. M390 exhibits excellent edge retention, corrosion resistance, and high level toughness.

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    Bohler M390 and its analogs, CPM-20V and CTS 204P are excellent all around stainless steels.

    It is common enough that a large premium need not be paid for having it on a knife.
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