Advocate, by Gayle Bradley
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.