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K20 Camshaft Discrepancy

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All, my stock FD2 had relatively high camshaft wear hence I switched it with an identical pair from the same model and make as my car. My mech also verified that it bolts on perfectly but pointed out what I am also about to share.
Its been months since its install but the following has been bugging me. The surfaces I have circled out are very different, even my mech said it looks and feels different (when you run your hand on it) to the stock ones I had on the car. Can anyone clue me in on this?
I am unable to find an explanation.
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At first I disagreed with you. I thought they were just "heat-treated" lol. Then I looked closer... Those been used mate. You can see where the lobes have hit the valves in the middle.

Those marks are probably balancing tacks, from the crank being balanced.
Hahaha, yes fam they are indeed used but the lobes were in better condition than the one I had on. However that was not the area I was highlighting. Refer to the area in the blue circles.
looks like heat tracing. example :Ti burnt exhaust studs

i am saying the 1st thing that comes to mind here, while grinding someone did not use enough oil while grinding those cams.
Is that bad? Will there be any repercussions? I have been using this cams since Jan this year and have not run into any issues thus far.
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