I agree. I think her selection of grain for particular grips is smart. Checkering seems to wash out most grain, but when she gets a grain that stands up to it and still shows through, of course they are more $$$ but unique.
And those at first glance don't even look like 2 completely different surfaces. The tactical checkering is growing on me. I'm thinking maybe a pair of Andean Alder or Ivorywood or even Cocobolo Dorado might be a good addition to my HD's wardrobe.