Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/01/17

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Subject: [Leica] Camera Cosmetics
From: sethrosner at (Seth Rosner)
Date: Mon Jan 17 06:56:42 2005
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Michael, even the best sword-smith can't beat folded Damascus steel thin 
enough to craft into a Leica top-plate.    ;-)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Eric Berube" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 12:53 AM
Subject: [Leica] Camera Cosmetics

> As long as my M4P shoots well, I haven't a lot of interest in tearing it 
> apart
> and striped to the base metal just to have it customised. It's got all of 
> its
> covering in tact and only one nice big dent in the top plate (from the 
> original
> pj owner whom I bought it from.) Has gathered a nice chromed 'brassing' 
> around
> the edges since it was made in 1982/3. (Leica calls it an M4-2, but the
> original papers and box with it say its an M4P) It feels nice in the hand 
> and
> makes that wonderful 'snik' when shooting regardless.
> IF we are dreaming though...I think an M would look cool with the same 
> rainbow
> type finish that Damascus Steel exhibits. Especially so with a nice Black 
> Kid
> (goat) skin covering from Probably cost more than a new
> custom M though.
> Carpe Luminem,
> Michael Eric Berube
> (soon)
> On Sun, 16 Jan 2005 19:43:43 -0800 (PST), Dan C. quoth unto the boundless 
> Ether...
>>...some kind of clear enamel; I assume it
>>was baked on like normal auto paint.   But they did something else
>>which might appeal to a M user.   After the copper plating, they
>>dipped the parts into a bath which turned everything black.  Then by
>>selecting rubbing the finish the gleaming copper could be recovered,
>>to give an "antique" look.
>>It looks better then it sounds.
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