The time for my first Kimber (and any 1911 for that matter) purchase is approaching. however i still cannot decide what to get. the Eclipse looks nice but kinda out of my price range. What i'm thinking i'm going to get right now is a Custom Royal. i've never seen one so could all of you give me some info on it? how does the blued finish look? does it really look that much nicer than the regular black finish on the standard Custom Classic? also how durable is the blued finish? i've heard several of you all mention the finish on parts of your Eclipses is wearing of quickly. i want the finish to last at least a respectable amount of time on the 1911 i'm about to purchase. also how much is the Royal going to cost me and how much more is the Eclipse than the Royal? i might just get the Custom Stainless if the finish either doesn't look that impressive or isn't durable at all according to all of your recommendations. also i'm going to put an ambi safety on the gun i get and possibly in the future checker the front strap. will this bring the cost of the Royal so close to that of the Eclipse that i should just get the Eclipse? thanks in advance for all help any of you can offer.