Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! It's kind of weird Scott, I don't know what to compare it to, it doesn't have layers like micarta, it finishes like there isn't any direction to it. The only shade of red is a maroon color (I really like it), and they all have kind of a cloudy color to it. Only the top four have the striped appearance by the way, the rest are solid.