Bought 2 bar's one original power bar and one American bar and both look very good and I had to really look hard to find the blemish on both. It's just cosmetic and the bar's theme self work just fine and I'm vary happy with the purchase.
As soon as I saw the email about the blemished bars, I jumped on it. My intent was/is to use it for rack pulls, knowing that there's an increased risk of bending the bar if I screw up a lift. With the discount, I wasn't going to worry about it like I would had I been using my Texas Power Bar.
It took us a day or so to actually find the blemish, a minor finish issue on one of the collars that we had to look hard to find; otherwise it looks just as good as my TPB did when it came out of the tube a couple of years ago. However, I didn't buy this for the looks, as I did intend on abusing it. But that black zinc coating on the shaft? I may just swap my plans and use the TPB for the rack pulls.
I am newer to weightlifting, but for the last 6 months I have been using a cheap bar from China I was given. It has gotten me by, but it's difficult to keep a grip on due to it crappy coating and nerfed nurling. It is also dangerous because it has a slight bow to it, which causes it to spin in your hand when it is positioned wrong. The All-American bar couldn't be any more different! It is perfectly straight. Bares the weight easily and practically sticks to my hands. I immediately boosted my pr using it. Even being newer to this method of training, the quality differences are obvious. I cannot think of a single thing that would make the new bar better after having used it a month, I definitely plan to come back to this company for future purchases. I will also note, that I had to look very closely to see where the blemishes were on the bar. None of them compromised the seal provided by the finish or the function of the product. In fact, I doubt the average user would even notice them unless they were encouraged to search for them. This seems to speak the high standards set forth by Texas Power Bar.
My buddy got me hooked on Texas Power Bars & I had to grab one myself. Once you get one, you'll never look back!
I bought an all American bar years back, and now saw this on sale and couldn't resist buying another!