Looks like my Maz is in good company! I find it great how the finish of these is sort of “ok”, but not more. It’s like they went “that’ll do, it’s meant to be used anyway”. It makes using it all that much more stress free. I can definitely see why someone would want to get a highly polished damascus clad knife, some are true works of art, but if it were me I would dread every sharpening out of fear I’d accidentally touch the bevel on the stone and scratch the nice finish.