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As I stated in another thread, I was recently advised by a well known suspension tuning shop that while I can get either a custom tuned 36 Kashima or black ano fork from them (I wanted the Performance Elite), they have seen severe wear problems with the black ano often within a year, that they do not see with the Kashima. I had never heard this comment before. In the other thread, some subsequent posters agreed with this comment.

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It's been pretty robust in my experience. On some of the scratched stanchions I've seen it's like it's slightly chipped along the scratch. I haven't ever seen it continue beyond that afterward, and I've seen a lot of riders run with scratched stanchions, Kashima or not, without further issue. It's good to remove any raised edges.

A thick build of hard anodizing will also chip similar to Kashima. IDK the build thickness used by FOX on their black stanchions. We used a lot of various thicknesses of hard anodizing at work, up to 0.003" IIRC. It's very tough and scratch resistant as the hard coating is essentially sapphire.
 
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