I am having an irresistible, indefatigable urge to buy a Karve. It's gonna happen; it can't be stopped. But ... it appears the brass version will soon be accompanied by a SS version. Personally, I love brass, and aesthetically speaking, I want the brass Karve at level 11 on the 10 scale of desire. However, I am not great about investing time and energy in keeping things spotless, so I generally try to stick with low-maintenance gear. I would like to hear from Karve owners as to whether or not their brass Karves are holding up aesthetically over time after water, etc., have done their thing. I'm all for a nice brass patina as long as it's an appealing patina.