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Old 03-09-2003, 04:39 PM
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2 Bailey Bradshaw Knives, 1 Happy Camper

It?s not often that I break out of the hunter / fighter / bowie paradigm, but this is one occasion where I?m glad I did. The story of this first knife starts on E-Bay where I came across a fairly hazy photograph of a Bradshaw dagger and decided I had to have it. When the knife arrived and the haze lifted it was clear that the white mammoth ivory scales had shrunk quite a bit. Bummer. But these things will happen. I contacted Bailey and discussed the re-handling options and settled on pearl because it because we felt it suited this type of knife and because it is very stable. Bailey quoted me a very modest price and a very quick turnaround for the repair and off went the knife to Texas.

When it returned (in the end result, Bailey fixed it faster than the courier could deliver it ? more on that later) I was in for a pleasant surprise. Not only did Bailey install a beautiful pair of A-grade pearl scales, but he a) refinished the guard to remove a few light scratches that I knew were there but didn?t mention; b) hand-rubbed a new fine-grit satin finish onto the blade because he thought it needed it (I hadn?t thought so, but I sure noticed that the blade looked a whole lot better than I remembered); c) re-tuned the silver scabbard for a tighter, more secure fit and d) packaged the knife in a padded, zippered case! Going the extra mile doesn?t begin to describe what Bailey did for me on this knife.

Now for the knife itself: 6? blade of hand-forged 1084 with fuller, 10 ?? overall length, 416 stainless steel hilt:

Try as I might I couldn?t capture the colour in the pearl. Trust me, it?s there:

A very elegant and tremendously well-executed overall package, if I do say so myself.

Shortly after sending off the dagger I attended the Arkansas Custom Knife show in Little Rock where I met Bailey and his utterly charming wife Courtenay. There were more than a few knives at their table that I would have loved to have taken home, but this little clip-point boot / utility knife really caught my eye. It sports a 3 ?? blade of 1084 with a 416 ss guard, ivory scales and comes with a leather sheath:

Bailey puts as nice a finish on a blade as I have seen, and every aspect of this knife is so pristine that it?s hard to imagine putting it to use, even though the overall design makes for a great fixed-blade every day carry. My good buddy Danbo snapped up the stag version of this knife (he?s got a good eye for a great blade and a quick trigger when it comes to nice stag).

I had asked Bailey to hang onto the knife and ship it out with the re-handled dagger when it was completed. I also asked him to send them by a certain courier that won?t be seeing any more of my business. I won?t bore you with the details of the shipment nightmare that ensued ? suffice to say that it was a spectacular combination of incompetence and indifference on the part of the courier. I have to say a special thanks to Courtenay who went above and beyond the reasonably expected to try to help sort out a mess that was not of their making. Her efforts were deeply appreciated. Dealing with genuinely good people like the Bradshaws adds a tremendous dimension to the ownership of a fine blade.



PS ? I took the pics and Murray White re-sized them and adjusted them as I work through some software problems.
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Old 03-09-2003, 08:04 PM
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Bailey's dagger is elegant, no doubt about it. But the little ivory handled utility really does it for me. Good stuff!


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Old 03-09-2003, 09:46 PM
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Boy you got some winners! And a fine story to boot. eBay has it's share of winners and weiners. I know you've made up for it in spades here.

Nice to here Bailey is taking care of his customer's pronto. That's impressive.


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Old 03-10-2003, 08:04 AM
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Beautiful pieces. Methinks you did well, especially for Ebay. It's so easy to get ripped off there, but every once in a while, you'll luck up on a great deal like this.

Thanks for the look.

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Old 03-10-2003, 04:45 PM
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That is a beautiful dagger Roger. I'm glad ebay sometimes delivers the good stuff. The treatment you received from the Bradshaws just demonstrates how good 'knife people' are.

That ivory-handled knife is so nice. It demonstrates the old maxim "less is more". It just doesn't need anything else does it?


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Old 03-11-2003, 10:05 AM
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Thanks for the comments guys!

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Old 03-11-2003, 05:21 PM
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Great story Roger!

...And beautiful knives!!

You guys know of course, that Bailey is a MEMBER here at CKD?..... Registered about a month ago.
Now....if we could get him to display every now and then..... would be good!.....:cool:

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Old 03-11-2003, 05:59 PM
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I have it on good authority that Bailey is polishing up his photography skills - not doubt we'll see more of his stuff in the future. Of course, he could just send me everything he makes and I could take the pics - that option really works for me.


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Old 03-11-2003, 08:27 PM
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good score, roger. congratulations.
adn thanx for the story.

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