Onearmbladejunkie wrote: "THE EMPEROR WEARS NO CLOTHES KNIFE !"
Kenny, please keep in mind that this forum aims to be "friendly" and that many of us come here to get away from drama and strife. I need this reminder occasionally myself because knife passion can boil over sometimes.
Regarding your observation, you're correct to a degree; it's a matter of marketing and customer expectation but I don't think it will increase the future value. The SMKW #78 SFO was also supposed to be "dark chestnut" that came out so light in color that SMKW actually called it "Pennsylvania Peachseed" when they marketed it. But the SMKW 78 is valuable now because of what it is, not because of a "color error". I was going to exchange my DLT #12 because it was so much lighter than the GEC pics but my dad saw it and liked it, so I ordered another one and requested a darker color handle. Jordan at DLT gave great customer service, and picked one out for me that looks exactly like the GEC pic, a very nice dark chestnut color. Both my dad and I are happy with our knives and I wouldn't hesitate to buy from DLT again. I took this pic this morning.