So recently I saw one of these on e-Bay. And I scored it. I know it's still available with A.G. Russell but I did get a MUCH nicer deal on it on the Bay.
I used to always wonder why the price was so high on these. Part of it I suspected was the collectors value. These were made in the old Solingen Factory that A.G. used to own.
Now that I've handled one though....I'll say that I understand why they're priced the way they are.....and that they'd be worth every penny even on retail price.
I don't know the steel on them. The Russell site says High Carbon and the blade is stamped "Stainless". But the Brass handles are just amazing. I can only imagine what the Silver and Gold versions of these are like.
Here's some pictures:
And yes, that polish is the way it came....I didn't do any polishing on this one.
Nice thick blade, perfectly centered, wonderfull cut swedge