I purchased three colors of the Swiss CDC: Black, Ash, and Dk. Pardo. All in all the feathers are indeed bigger than others I have bough (e.g. Wapsi). The Black was very brittle. I could not use it. The other two were fine and I had no problems with them. Tactical sent me an exchange pack of the black. It wasn’t as bad as the first but still 30-50% unusable. Breaks too easily as compared to the other two. Plus my fingers were black from using them. I don’t know if it was bad luck and I got two old dried out packs or a bad batch, or if the black dying process they use ruins the feathers.