Originally Posted by Chuck43
The grips are bone and the finish is not the crappy Kimpro finish it's done by Turnbull mfg.
Turnbull Restorations. Finishes said to be unmatched.
This discussion hits close to home because I will be buying a Royal II. Perhaps as soon as today. So why would I pay a thousand dollars more to have a Royal II?
First, there are those who are very proud of how cheap they can buy something. There is nothing wrong with that, I'm just not one of those people. That is why I'm on the Kimber Forum. I like quality, I'll pay more to get it and I am fortunate enough to be able to on occasion.
Second, I am an artist and make my living designing things — the fit, finish and overall look really matter to me. That is why I bought a 1911 and not a plastic gun. Kimber has a lot of models and after looking at every one for a long time, the one I think is the most beautiful is the Royal II. Is a gun a work of art? Is it a thing of beauty and lasting value? Damn right.
Third, do you ever notice which muscle cars are worth the most today? It is a 429 Mach I, not the base model Mustang with a six-cylinder. It is the Hemi Cuda, not the 318 model. It's the SS396 Chevelle, not the Malibu with the vinyl top. I see a gun as something to collect and hand down to my sons and their sons and I want the models that are the most desirable.
The Custom II is a great gun and it is a tremendous value. There is a lot to be said for that. But doing the same job for less money is one kind of value. When something makes people say "wow".... "I want one of those"....that is a different kind of value.
Finally, what something is worth is relative. When I was first married I was so broke, at my lowest point I sold my blood plasma once. It took hours, it was humiliating and when I got done, I got a check for, as I recall, $6.00. In other words, I have been poor but now I'm fortunate not to have to live paycheck to paycheck. And, I'm fortunate enough to be able to pay a bit more to get something really special. And you know what? I have worked so hard for so long, I feel like I f--king deserve it!