The Mastiff wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:41 pm
That's a good looking knife! The 1-7 has spawned more than a few copies and inspired many others. That is the one that started my liking large fixed blade utility/fighting knives but to this day I have never had the original. I am a big fan of O1 and do like forged knives.
I'm not surprised that Jim will actually use his. I'd be more surprised if he didn't use it and treat it like any of his other knives which can mean hard use if appropriate.
Jim, do you look at that knife differently from the way you would have 25 years ago? Has all that learning and experience stopped you from looking at a knife and just liking it like the young man you were?
It hasn't me. I still geek out like a big kid over large , shiny , sharp cool looking knives just like when I was 18.
I look at it the same.
I think I have more respect for it today than I did when I was in my 20's. Back then I really didn't know as much as I do today and didn't have the mountains of knives that I tested under my belt.
The one I had back then was a 1-7 also, just in O1 steel, brass guards and leather handle, just the base model with no options.
This one is MUCH nicer with nice options and in stainless.
You can really see the work that goes into making one of these, they are all hand made forged knives.
One has to respect the work and the craftmanship that goes into them I think.
I do have a Model 16 Special Fighter (Stainless) and Model 14 Attack (O1) on order.
Will be about a year for the Model 16 Special Fighter and over 5 years for the Model 14.
When I hold the Model 1 in my hand I can really see and feel what the knife is all about and why it's legendary.
You know you can order one from Randall and pay for over the 5 1/2 years current wait time. It works out to like $6 - $10 a month depending on the final price/options etc.
And you can pay monthly or weekly on their site, make payments however you want.
Just a $50 down payment and order it.
One interesting thing, the Randall is lighter than the Province.
11.1 oz vs 11.9 oz