We were going for a look that would make you feel as if you had carried the pen in your pants pocket for a while. That it had been out on a job site with you, carried and banged around in multiple purses or used to write essays for your entire college career.
Keeping that in mind we spent some time using different mediums to soften the colors but not necessarily damage the overall look of the anodizing.
You can see that how this comes through is often concentrated around the edges or lips of the pen itself and the main body doesn't show as much. Though the tops of the caps seem to show it a little more than the bottom of the barrels.
It really pops on the threads, showing the bright silver of the aluminum. There is also an actual difference to the way this "well worn" anodizing feels when compared directly to one of our other pens. The machining marks often present on our pens are lessened and the metal actually feels "softer" to the touch.