I handle the edges of the air chamber. I have no trouble with the Prestige Series HPs, as the lettering is actually on raised plastic molds of the letters. A bit of silver paint does well if the lettering ever fades. It's the lettering on the RS1i that has me fretting. They're not raised but silk-screened on the wood cups. Those could easily scratch off. In the end, just handle with lovin' care.