Thank you very much for the detailed reply. If it's primarily around aesthetics and doesn't offer a considerable improvement in ride quality, then I think I'll be quite satisfied with the straight fork. I'm really leaning more towards a contemporary look versus vintage. Nice bike BTW.
based on my recent Sport purchase, the straight blade steel fork you can order off the shelf for Gunnars has a 1.125 threadless steerer.
I see that there is a way to get a 1.125 curved blade fork from Waterford. Not sure what that crown looks like.
However, to install a custom Waterford curved blade 1 inch steel fork in your new Gunnar, you woulkd have to first install headtube shims to reduce the 1.125 headtube down to 1 inch, or spend a lot of money for a Chris King Devolution headset.
My Sport was ordered with custom 1 inch threaded steel curved blade Waterford fork. I used headtube shims with it and they worked perfectly. My goal was to be able to go retro with a quill stem. My built Sport is in the gallery, the black one with blue bar tape.
Even though there is much lore around whether or not curved blades really feel different than straight blades, I defy anyone to measure it. Even though sometimes the psychology and believing is just as valid as measuring.
I did not get a curved blade fork for dampening, I got mine purely for aesthetics.