I use regular evaluation and incremental steps to strive for constant improvement.
I have changed the type of finish I use on the tips of the tines of my Dark combs™. The old finish was excellent, but this one is slightly better. It may be a little more durable and it's a little faster to apply.
One unexpected difference is that the colors are a little deeper. In particular, Dark Brown and Dark Grey are pretty close to Deep Black in low light. In brighter light, they each have a unique sparkle.
My criteria for implementing a change like this are stringent. The finish must be:
- Food safe - non toxic
- Environmentally friendly (the company making it should not pollute the planet)
- Safe to apply (I don't want to get sick working with toxic chemicals in my shop)
- High quality
- Durable and more resistant to alcohol exposure
- Reasonably fast and easy to apply
It took me a few weeks to figure out the best strategy for long-lasting results. Each product has a sweet spot between the number of coats and the thickness of each coat. Some products are best applied as many layers of a thin coat while others are best applied as a thicker layer with fewer coats.
I must admit that the Dark Brown is not very brown anymore. It's a little like black with a brown tinge... Or maybe the color of potting soil?