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The blade stains after awhile from just being pocketed.
I bought two more on this drop to give away cause their dirt cheap and I like their size.
I've been carrying mine in my pocket every day for several months. Zero staining. You got dirty pockets, bro.
Dirty pockets, sure, that must be it.
Or, maybe... Just maybe... It's because the blade is 8Cr13MoV, cheap Chinese stainless that is prone to discoloring and corrosion. Just like every other knife that is made of the stuff. No need to be in denial about it, or to white-wash the properties of the knife; it is incredibly inexpensive. The use of this steel are to be expected at this price point, and is much better than some other cheap stainless steels that could have been used.
This knife is an excellent value at this price point, and I've purchased several to give to people.
Kershaw's bead blasted finish has this problem. I've seen corrosion on a Natrix that was still in the display case. I've never been a fan in general because I don't consider scratches to be a desirable feature, so when I purchase one I go one of two routes:
Stonewash—the matte finish is primed for it. Although acid is typically used, bead blasting will produce satisfactory results when tumbled. And you would be surprised by how well the edge holds up in vibrating tub.
True Satin—or bead blasting with a polish. I say true satin because it has that type of appearance, more so than an actual satin. You can achieve this with ultra high grit. I like using a Magic Eraser which is actually a micro-fine sanding block—I've even used it to polish edges. The sponginess of the Eraser will conform to the shape of the blade and ensure a nice even finish. Works even better on handles. Just keep in mind that it is abrading the surface—I had an OCD housemate strip the finish off of a door once.