A gentleman came into the sporting goods store yesterday to trade in one of those medallion grade rifles for a heavier calibre for bear. The rifle wore a simpler synthetic stock, and the claro original stock was carefully secured in bubble wrap. We made the comment that he didn't want to scratch the unique stock.
He admitted that was part of the reason. But he was of shorter stature, sort of a bulldog kind of a guy, and he related that most stocks just didn't fit him. I also admitted that with a heavy winter jacket, I sometimes found the 'youth model' of a rifle a lot easier to mount for a quick shot.
For years, Jeff Cooper wrote about 'sawing off stocks,' buying rifles with smooth turn-bolt knobs and dehorning 1911 combat guns. I don't know if he coined the phrase, but he said handguns should feel like 'a worn bar of soap.'
Taking his advice, most of my custom handguns have been 'melted' or 'buttered.' I also find that some times my custom .380 ACP is just handier and more comfortable.
I spend a lot of time picking out blue jeans, adjusting handler bars and foot pegs, however 75% of my firearms are box-stock.
As for style, the lastest issue of Blade magazine has a deeply recurved knife on the cover called a "Spyker." Now, a recurve blade is harder for me to sharpen, and that's how I make my living. After some use, many folks will just carry the knife dull because it's a hassle to fix. The style of the knife has trumped practicality.
Do you ever purchase or modify a gun or knife, simply for your ease of personal use, despite the fact its overall appearance is unique to the breed?
If so, what got you to make the decision?