No they were not, because in the the email with the pics it said there were gonna be changes. These photos are from Lionsteel and show the first hand assembled prototype. Keep in mind there will be changes (the jimping, choil and other areas) , there is no coating or finish and certain parts are rough finished for fit. The final product will be coated, finished and engraved. But because you have reserved a limited edition knife we wanted you to see this photos. We will not ask for payment until the the approved and finished prototype is shown to you. Please don't distribute or post these photos they are only for DPx members. Also please do not respond regarding numbers, reservations or model. We will go through all that when we send out the next email. No money or reconfirmation is required at this point. We have plenty of people on the waiting list for this knife. Just waiting for the finished thing before I pay, if I miss the 2week deadline then it wasnt meant to be. Not trying to cause a stink but at $250 it better be what I want or I won't buy it. Would just like to see what I would be buying.