Black is unique among the equipment types as there is no way to smith it. Black equipment is only available from monster drops and sold in some shops, though some Black items (such as the "black pickaxe") do not exist. As a result, some Black items are mistakenly considered "rare" when they are in fact obtainable through drops. Another mistaken assumption made among newcomers is that Black equipment was made through smithing coal and the non-existent "black bar".
Because it can't be smithed, it was unknown if Black is a metal variant or another material form. Though, in the RuneScape 2 era, it has been asserted that Black is a form of Steel "created by differing forging techniques." 
|Black Short Sword||—||16||13||—||—|
|Black Long Sword||—||20||16||—||—|
|Black battle Axe||—||19||26||—||—|
|Black 2-handed Sword||—||28||22||—||—|
|Black throwing knives||—||6||6||—||—|
|Medium black Helmet||9||—||—||—||—|
|Large Black Helmet||12||—||—||—||—|
|Black Square Shield||15||—||—||—||—|
|Black Kite Shield||18||—||—||—||—|
|Black Plated skirt||20||—||—||—||—|
|Black Plate Mail Legs||21||—||—||—||—|
|Black Chain Mail Body||24||—||—||—||—|
|Black Plate Mail Body||40||—||—||—||—|
- The difference in armour bonuses between black plate mail legs (+21) and black plated skirt (+20) is not found among other male/female body and leg armours of any type, and is likely an oversight.