I recieved my Damascus set from Randy and Randy Jr. yesterday and I think I am in love all over again. They are exceptional in every sense of the word. The fit and finish is awesome. The ironwood handles are stunning, he truly is a burl junkie. They are so smooth and have such substantial weight to them even though they are fairly slender.
Randy Jr. did a wonderful job on the Damascus. When they first showed me the Reverb pattern for my knives I was a little skeptical, I wanted feather pattern, but I have learned to trust the instincts of the craftsman I work with and in this case it was dead on. I can feel the pattern when I'm cutting it isn't much, kinda of a gritty toothiness that gets the job done. When I first looked at the blade I had a similar reaction to Salty, I thought everything was going to stick and nothing did. It just kept cutting and cutting with no issues. I used it for about 8 hours yesterday and another 14 today with out once going to the hones. It still shaves the hair right off my arms.
I love the gyuto, but the slicer may actually be my new favorite knife. I had it patterned after a 50 year old eskilstuna slicing knife from Sweden. Tried and true design. It was perfect then and still is now. I cut proteins all day without a hitch.
I have not had the chance to use either of the paring knives yet, but I am fondling one right now.
The knives came in a rather cool over engineered leather case. I am going to scuff it up and dip it into some neats foot oil and soften it up a little bit and give it the that lived in look.
for everyday line use I have a new home for three of my knives compliments of Chef Niloc. A butcher belt sheathe that I will actually wear bandoleer style.
In short if you want something unique and beautiful these guys are the guys to do it.