So I purchased a Yoshikane SLD 240 Black Damascus from a prominent EU dealer with a very good reputation. I ordered the knife primarily for the “look” as well as the glowing reviews. I naively assumed that the purchased knife would look like the advertised items pictures (bottom) yet I received a blade with a washed out color -much closer to grey(my pictures are accurate of the knife in hand) . Even worse to me the Damascus was rather muddled looking and there was a big shiny spot void of any Damascus pattern right in the middle of the blade. Ugh! When I politely emailed the dealer about my disappointment in the look, his reply was basically sorry/not sorry and hey that’s the “charm of a handmade blade”. I reframed from snarking about why didn’t they use this charming blade as their glamour shot and instead asked about a return/exchange for a better looking example. Not an option but they did offer a return if I paid for $30 USD label. I decided OK not what I was hoping for but I knew that I would never be happy with this B grade version . So I returned the knife using the supplied label. Once the seller got the knife he issued the refund but subtracted $86! When questioned what’s up, he replied that he also subtracted the original as well as return shipping as agreed. No that wasn’t the agreement. So live and learn or contact my credit card/PayPal and file a complaint? Going forward I will definitely always ask for pics of the actual blade being shipped before payment. As a bit of a silver lining I just picked up an exceptionally nice example of the Yoshikane SLD Damascus from KKF member Elliot so all in all a happy ending.