Lots of talk about the different finishes, I originally posted this over on TOS, remember this is but a sample of one. your results might vary..... '06 CBOB in melonite, 18,000 rounds through it, daily carry for nearly 4 years..... Heinie 3D sights (poorly) added, EB checkered MS housing and Ambi safety, EGW bushing and spring plug, Harrison grips. Melonite, flush cut SS pin,barrel recrown and general tidying by Drake's Gunworks. I did a post on this some time ago, but i lost the pics, so I retook them today. The pistol started out as a nicely even, matte , very dark, almost black, grey. As you can see, in the 4 years since it was melonited, it's taken on a kind of brushed sheen. It looks almost like a brushed blue, not unattractive. There's an unevenness becoming visible in the left side of the slide, that's the side that rests against my body. As with most salt nitrocarburizing processes such as melonite, Tenifer, E treat, Isonite etc, the "blackness" comes form an application of black oxide or parkerizing after the melonite process. This coloring can wear or fade, although the underlying melonite is still doing it's thing. At some point I will look into re blacking the gun, but for now I rather like it. As you can see, aside from a slight burnishing of the rails and the firing pin tunnel, there's no real wear to speak of. the rear sight is a lesson in why you shouldn't try to fit a sight when you're bored..... new: after meloniting back in 07: and today : note "waviness on slide, coat of black oxide should smooth it out. rail wear: just a burnishing in a couple of spots... Wanna kill these ads? We can help!