Prior to this purchase, I had a standard TRC Apocalypse and standard TRC South Pole (i.e the ones with the satin blade). I was happy with both of them, however the South Pole had visible some scratch marks on the blade from factory (see photos) - which is a little disappointing.
I was really curious about the "Apocalyptic" blade finish. It is really unique and photos don't do it justice. The micarta scales really set the knife apart. I also purchases a K-1s Apocalyptic and I expected the knives to be the same size, but as per the phots, the K-1s is smaller.
I am very happy with this purchase, as the the fit and finish is perfect. There are no blemishes, scratches or imperfections at all. The grind on the blade is perfectly consistent and accurate. Whoever or however they sharpen the knives, is simply astonishing. The attention to detail on this knife is second to none. Very happy with the purchase.
Photos (from Top): Apocalypse, South Pole, South Pole - Apocalyptic, K-1s - Apocalyptic.
Where the in the photos where you can see scratches on the South Pole satin blade, I was shining a light on them.
The other photos are normal without a light.
The knife colors are darker to the human eye than in the photos