Just an easy little mod, It started out as one of the Operation Iraqi Freedom knives with the gold decal on the blade. I really can't stand coated blades and I always thought the decal was cheesy as a pizza. I bought the knife at the BX at F.O.B Warrior in Kirkuk sometime in 2005. It has been sitting a drawer gathering dust until now. I used Aircraft paint remover to strip the ugly plastic coating and decal from the entire knife without harm to the stacked leather handle. The finish on the now uncoated blade is a really attractive stonewash.