I have a 1967 Chevy Camaro. It is fully restored with a 350 c.i. engine and it screams like a maniac when I get on it. In my opinion it is one of the finest muscle cars ever built. The only thing I ever did to improve it was to put power brakes on it.
Sometimes a design in its pure, raw form is as good as it ever gets. There is no need to change it and no way to improve it. You can tweak it, you can polish it, but that original design is the core element and that savage beauty is best expressed when it is just left alone.
There was a time when I was building knives almost exclusively for the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams. I was spending almost as much time in Coronado as I was at home. I was also teaching and training with the Command Master Chief who ran the entire SEAL, BUD’s training program. As a result of that, one of the best knives that I ever designed was for them. And it was one of my favorite designs. It was a simple, raw, powerful design called the SPECWAR.
Like the Camaro, you could say it was a perfect expression of “Elegant Aggression.” And the knife performed. It stood the test. The test of men far better than myself. And that made me very proud.