Dave and Medusa -
Anodized surfaces are extremely hard. Once after neglecting to put a CRKT knife back on my belt, (I put it in my pocket with my keys), I discovered three scratches in the finish. At least I *thought* they were scratches.
After some research, mostly at Calphalon and other manufacturers of high grade aluminum pots and pans, I decided to try something they recommended.
I got out the scotchbrite, (you know...that 3M stuff that scratches glass
), and proceeded to lightly buff the scales. The so-called scratches disappeared almost immediately. These 'scratches' would not
rub off using hard finger pressure. The 'scratches' were just some metal picked up from my keys or possibly the stainless keyring.
The anodized surface IS very thin and something sharp will gouge
it, but normal pocket carry shouldn't affect it too much.
I do agree with Dave, the reason I carry knives is to use them, but I clip mine to my belt or the top of my pocket to keep them above most of the junk.
One of my daily carries is a BM Leopard, gray anodized, I scrub it down every couple weeks just to keep it looking clean. I do not know if I can do this forever as the material in the scotchbrite is the same as the surface - aluminum oxide.
I am unsure of the properties of the colored anodization. Hope you have as good luck!
[This message has been edited by Steve-O (edited 10-16-2000).]