What happened to brushed black chrome capos?

March 22, 2021 1 min read

What happened to brushed black chrome capos?

If you are looking for Brushed Black finish on our capos, we have currently discontinued that finish. 

In the past, we had some plating issues with black chrome that led to some capos failing our quality control process for micro scratches.  To recover those failed parts, we manually brushed each of those parts and brushed black chrome was born. 

While that finish was very popular (and we loved the look of it as well), it was an additional costly process that only makes sense to do with rejected black chrome parts.   We have since greatly improved our plating processes and our reject rate is minimal. 

This method of making lemonade out of lemons led to the creation of this finish, but it it is simply too costly to brush perfect black chrome parts.  Will we do it again?  You never know, but for now I have discontinued it.  Would you pay $10 more for brushed black?  Let me know in the comments below and I'll consider it :)

By the way, this idea is not new... if you ever see a Hollow-body Guitar that has a solid color paint job, you can be pretty darn certain that guitar originally started out with a translucent finish, and was subsequently repainted a solid color to cover up some minor imperfection.  Or what about the Tator tot?  Tater tots were invented in 1953 when American frozen food company Ore-Ida founders F. Nephi Grigg and Golden Grigg were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes.  Sometime necessity is the mother of invention.


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