I bought a 6" #5 with Sambar stag handle in the early '80s. Back then, you could call the store once a week and they'd tell you which knives were given to the store from cancelled purchases. I bought my knife from the store, rather than wait the whole entire year to have one made to order.
This was obviously before the new, hard wonder-steels. It was quite an awakening to touch a stone to that forged 0-1 tool steel blade. Mine's gently used and I haven't decided who will get it when I go.