I have Cleveland CG16 Black irons. It is something people raise all the time but mine have lasted well. I don't see the fade as being any worse than shiny blades degrading over time or equivalent. I've seen some of my model where the sweet spot alone has faded but I have decided to lengthen the life of my clubs by hitting more randomly
They are lovely yet Callaway refuse to use the same black material as PXG and Cobra etc that does not deteriorate over time - my Steelhead XR Pros are lovely and looked lovely but now ......... tarnished, scratched, black come off and looked completely unloved (they are actually cleaned weekly whether I play or not!!!)
What is wrong with the face of these irons? Every picture on your link is the back of the club except for the shaft pic.
personally donâ€™t like them as they are black. Although a set of shiny ones get scratched, I wonder what is under the black as they could look really bad when they are scratched.