I have had a black finish neck tech from HS... ~2 years in and not a single worn spot. Used regularly. The antique look means its not (and don't think it ever was) purely jet black. Its hard to explain. That being said, several years and it has not changed appearance, if it did its too subtle to notice. Also, I live on the coast and HS stainless collars are the only thing I've come across that take salt water all the time without rusting.
Hunter, USA trial helper, Charleston Working Dog Club Training Helper/Training Director
Beschützer des Jägers v. Sportwaffen, HOT, IPO1, AD, CGC
Katya v. Hügelblick, HOT, IPO2, CGC
SG Aska v. Ketscher Wald, 2 x SchH3, Kkl 1
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