I've always really liked the size, shape, blade, and smooth operation of the Centofante Memory. But, the shiny blue handles were a little too blingy for my personal tastes. A while ago, I bought a second Memory with the intention of trying to remove the blue anodizing from my carry Memory. Today, I finally got around to doing it!
I was a little worried, this being my first attempt at modding a Spyderco. But, the Memory was very simple to disassemble and work with. The blue coloring came right off with about 15 minutes of buffing with a Dremel. Then I lightly stonewashed it and finished it with some fine steel wool. I really like how it turned out! I was concerned about the lack of contrast with silver glass fiber and bare titanium, but I actually like it better like this, and I don't have any plans to try to make a replacement onlay right now. Though I might try to make one with wood if I also attempt wooden Mule scales. Or I might try dying the glass fiber.
Here are the pics (sorry about the quality, might try to take better ones later)...
There are still hints of blue in places. I kind of like a little subtle blue still showing through in a few spots, so I wasn't necessarily trying to get every speck off.
Here is a side-by-side with a NIB Memory for comparison. Quite a difference!
I'm sure this Memory will be in my pocket for the next few weeks. The stonewashed finish looks great, and eliminates worrying about scratches.