Our quality assurance department has extremely stringent standards when it comes to our products. A first quality paddle is allowed one minor imperfection per blade. Ideally, there are no imperfections, and often this is the case. Our Cosmetic Second paddles are allowed only 2-4 imperfections per blade. The shaft and all other components of the paddle are first quality. Rest assured, these cosmetic blemishes in no way affect the function of the paddle – but could include porosity, streaking, scratches, or inconsistencies in the laminated finish caught by our quality team.