I've had some experience w/ re-chroming auto parts and basically if you want a high polished chrome, you gotta have the same underneath and vice-versa. Therefore, if you want a satin finish, the steel or brass- plated steel must be satin.
Apparently, Leica used some special process that gave the metal a certain look before they dunked it in the Chromium. It would be easy to replicate that finish IF we knew what they used (i.e. blasting/ polishing media, grit #/ type, etching chemical, etc.). However, I doubt if they will ever tell anybody.
You could come close, "but close only counts w/ hand grenades, horseshoes and dancing".
Last edited by Bill58 : 10-15-2007 at 04:05.