Hmmm, seems I misunderstood the Black River Wash?
I thought it was like a clear coat that allows the metal to show through, with the darker areas being related to the differential heat test.... but what I just got appears to be more of just a grey powder coating?
It's not bad, but not nearly as intriguing as some of the pics of the different blades with this finish
Overall I'm really impressed with these knives (bought the set).
They're beefy as all hell, very solid feeling, both came shaving sharp and oiled on the bare metal of the edges.
Complaints, i have a few, but they're minor:
-the finish, as i mentioned, isn't what I thought. But, for what it is, it looks well done. And I hear their coatings are some of the toughest around, so I'll leave it alone.
-the handles aren't perfectly flush with the metal. It's a very slight difference, but it's there if you look. Can feel it if you run your finger over it, but would never feel it in hand.
Only reason I even mention it is because of all the talk about handles being made by hand and custom fit on each knife in their promotional vids, but it's obvious the outer edges aren't re-shaped to be flush after being installed (to do so would sand through the finish on the metal)
-the combo sheath... First off, the individual sheaths fit the blades perfectly. Very snug, no fear of them falling out, but release well.
However, I don't like where the handles line up with the two sheaths attached together. The small handle drags along the large sheath when you pull it out. Both the sheath and handle already show minor wear spots from taking it in and out a couple dozen times. Also, with it so close, it's a little difficult to get any grip on the handle before drawing it.
I've tried relocating in a couple different configurations, but the spacing of the holes vary so much that there aren't many options.
I have an idea for a pivoting mount, but that will take some work to get done.
All in all.... Pretty sure I would've been disappointed with the value if I had only gotten the small blade, but for the price of the combo I'm satisfied 👍