Ahmik is out of the bars, but Rogue Fitness is still selling the oxide-less Pendlay Economy bars here
for $119. They say the knurling is geared towards powerlifting though, which means it has center knurling, right? I would think it'd have to, since Pendlay says the black oxide is what gives his bar enough grip to stay put during backsquats without the center knurling.
I'll have to ask Bill what the difference between the Economy and the CrossFit bars is.
I don't mind a bar with a sharp knurling. My hands are pretty leathery already, and if the bar comes out particularly vicious they'll adjust fast enough.