Smoked Nitride... Are you a fan?

Discussion in '1911 Photo Gallery' started by Dwe, Dec 25, 2019.

  1. Dwe

    Dwe I'm a terminal 1911 Addict!

    Sep 4, 2011
    My first 1911 finished in Smoked Nitride was my NightHawk Falcon courtesy
    Of @TheCollector. I was blown away by its appearance, and smooth feel and action.
    My second, was my ColtHawk. Also finished in Smoked Nitride.
    This finish rates right up there to DLC in my opinion...
    Tell us all what you think and paste your own pics of your guns in Smoked Nitride!
    Here are mine.
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  2. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    I like it - I want to see one finished that way in-person, but I like the looks of it.
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  3. TimR

    TimR Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 14, 2014
  4. MSGT2511

    MSGT2511 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    May 14, 2016
    Looks MUCH better in person! I was not a fan until our first annual Nighthawk Tour. Got to see and hold one, and really liked much so that I had them refinish my The Bull in smoked nitride and love it!

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  5. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    @Dwe what's your opinion on the Colt-Hawk?
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  6. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    I dig it (smoked nitride), but feel a little left out... I’ll need to put one on my want list!
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  7. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    Naysayer here; finish wear should be earned (through use), not purchased.
    Symptomatic in part with what is wrong with our country.

    Does it look great? Yes.
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  8. Dwe

    Dwe I'm a terminal 1911 Addict!

    Sep 4, 2011
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  9. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    I currently have 3 in that finish. My replacement Falcon (that I HAD to have after Kenny slick talked me out of #1) A Colt Hawk (that Kenny TALKED me in to.......... Kenny does a lot of talkin)
    My recent JEM/Caspian build project........ I call it my JEM Hawk.
    I'm drawn to the sheen of the finish more than the color... which is also kind of cool.

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  10. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    I don't see it as a "wear" treatment at all. I see it as a color change & sheen. I'm sure that a well used smoked nitride finish will get its own "wear" look that shows on this color just as it does on the black.
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  11. Mainspring

    Mainspring Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Nov 1, 2014
    Is that like “ Buy a $3500 gun and get a participation trophy? “ LOL.
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  12. Mtek

    Mtek Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2019
    My Colt Hawk is smoked nitride, and I’m a huge fan. The cool thing is, I think it will look even better if it does eventually get scratched.

  13. Au Jus in Bello

    Au Jus in Bello Well-Known Member

    May 19, 2017
    It's the only "distressed" finish out there I like. It's subtle and has a genuine aesthetic all its own, rather than trying to look like wear (that doesn't).
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  14. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    I like the look, I REALLY like the feel.

    I don’t see it as “manufactured wear” but I can understand the idea behind it.
    To each their own, I don’t have a smoked nitride pistol. Lately I’ve been rethinking the nitride/melonite finish idea in general.
  15. SCS1911

    SCS1911 Failed all therapy

    Oct 5, 2012
    How so? I’ve never felt or seen this finish in person. I prefer blued (high polish or flat) or stainless (again high polished or flat/blasted).

    I’m interested in your thoughts.
  16. snap1

    snap1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2013
    I like the finish but my question to you is about those grips. I really like those and did not see anything similar on NH's website. They would look good on my Lady Hawk, the finish too but one thing at a time. Where did they come from please sir?
  17. swampgas

    swampgas Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 10, 2019



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  18. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    ok, so just my opinion, it may sound corny.
    The black nitride or melonite seem to feel very industrial. Its not rough but, it’s certainly not smooth to the touch. The smoke nitride treatment really smooths the feel of the finish. Think broken in pair of jeans vs the old dark blue Levi’s or Wranglers.

    The finish makes me ponder why? Personally, I don’t neglect my pistols, I like to inspect and oil them often. I just feel that, for me, I believe a blued steel or matte blasted stainless is just what I prefer or like.
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  19. SCS1911

    SCS1911 Failed all therapy

    Oct 5, 2012
    Thank you, G.
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  20. Infidel4life11

    Infidel4life11 الواحد

    Apr 17, 2019
    I’m a nitride, melonite, DLC type of guy. I love the smoked nitride! So much so my blue Valor is probably going to get it.
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