Ad­vo­cate, by Gayle Bradley

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De­signed by renowned knife­maker and cut­ting sports pro­fes­sional, Gayle Bradley, the Spy­derco Ad­vo­cate dis­plays sleek and smooth lines, boast­ing solid ti­ta­nium scales fin­ished with an orange peel tex­ture that feels very kind, yet se­cure to the hand. Only on the sec­ond look around the knife, does one no­tice the in­tri­ca­cies that Bradley metic­u­lously in­cor­po­rated into this pro­duc­tion ver­sion of one of his proudly made cus­tom knives. Other than the ob­vi­ous phys­i­cal features, the Ad­vo­cate uses wisely de­signed fric­tion-re­duc­ing ball bear­ing wash­ers to en­sure a speedy open, re­gard­less of whether you're us­ing the flip­per, or Spy­derco's Trade­mark Round Hole cutout de­sign.

To the mod­ern gen­tle­man, the Ad­vo­cate makes for an at­trac­tive knife, with a ra­zor-sharp CPM M4 blade that Bradley has used in the past with other Spy­derco de­signs in his reper­toire. The unique ti­ta­nium scales cer­tainly aid in shed­ding weight, as the Ad­vo­cate weighs in at 3.6 ounces, de­spite its over­all length of 8.04 inches, mak­ing it an ideal can­di­date for a high-end gen­tle­man's EDC knife. The most pleas­ing note about the Ad­vo­cate must be its per­for­mance dur­ing every task at hand. Whether it was cut­ting thick flan­nel into rags for the shop, open­ing boxes, whit­tling away at sticks, or cut­ting scraps of leather, it out­per­formed most fold­ers I've used dur­ing my life­time.

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