FAKE!! Counterfeit GERBER knives

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by kenneth lee, Mar 17, 2020.

  1. kenneth lee

    kenneth lee

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    Mar 17, 2020
  2. JDRanger

    JDRanger

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    Aug 14, 2017
    Is it better than an original Gerber?
     
  3. Brhowser87

    Brhowser87

    Aug 3, 2016
    Pics? How did you know it was a fake?
     
  4. Addicted_to_Knives

    Addicted_to_Knives Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 29, 2018
    LOL :thumbsup::thumbsup::D:D:D:D Best comment ever! Period!

    Judging how much Gerber has screwed up quality control... most probably!
     
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  5. Addicted_to_Knives

    Addicted_to_Knives Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 29, 2018

    Kenneth,

    Judging by your first post I assume you are upset and disheartened. That's what happened to me when I bought my first cheap Sebenza on ebay. However it was possible to differentiate vs. the real one just by looking at the pics only in most 90% of the cases. I became good at it - spotting the fakes as I've gained experience and interacted with users here. Still a big challenge: Spotting fake Striders since they differ from batch to batch the "flying penis" logo, position and fonts of the STRIDER or M STRIDER, screws, fit and finish, etc...

    Why did you think that was fake? What did arise your suspicions? Judging by the looks of the picture it looks legit to me.

    I do report to ebay these sellers and reported one Chinese user numerous times, but still see him selling fake knives.
     
  6. KenHash

    KenHash

    Sep 11, 2014
    Would you be good enough to let us know how you were able to determine 100% that it was fake? Did you ask Gerber?
     
  7. Smiling

    Smiling

    Nov 21, 2019
    This is one of the reasons why bought both of my knives directly from Cold Steel distributor store...

    Other reasons being:
    best price
    fact that delivery services here suck
    fact that I get to see the knife IRL and hold it in my hand before paying for it
    fact that the distributor is in my city...
     
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  8. Addicted_to_Knives

    Addicted_to_Knives Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 29, 2018
    Exactly. Use common sense. Any expensive over $300 knives I bought -> I'd rather buy it from members here or pay a bit higher and buy from the dealers.

    Buy on ebay if you know exactly what you are buying and can spot a fake with a pictures + buy ONLY from American reputable long-term sellers!

    when it comes to knives I only...
    Buy American
    From Americans
    Made in America
    By Americans
     
  9. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    In the absence of any further clarification from the OP, I will assume that we are being trolled.

    n2s
     
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  10. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    Op posted really early this morning, maybe they are sleeping? I've hit the post button on a few midnight bathroom breaks!

    That said, if the knife is as shown in the pic it's a darn good copy, I cant tell if it is or not. I dont own one to compare to.
     
  11. Beastchopper

    Beastchopper

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    Jun 23, 2018
    I've bought 2 strongarms. I don't have one in front of me, but the only difference I notice is the point on the pommel seems to be rounded off a bit.
     
  12. CyberRacer

    CyberRacer Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 28, 2018
    Can't speak to the authenticity of this knife, but whenever shopping on eBay "New without box" is always a big red flag for me.
     
  13. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    That's what you get from buying off Ebay.

    Steer clear folks!
     
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  14. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    I have a Gerber Strongarm. Actually, it is a pretty good knife for the $44 I paid for it a few years ago. I also bought it from a respectable, well known online company.

    I wouldn't suggest buying knives off the bay.

    The only Gerber product I recommend now is the Gerber Gator in 154 CM. Made in America and the big, rubberized grip is very comfortable. < $50 too.
     
  15. Angus McGunnigle

    Angus McGunnigle

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    Jan 1, 2013
    I have 2 and my teenage son has one. They are, IMO, great knives for the money.
     
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  16. kenneth lee

    kenneth lee

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    Mar 17, 2020
    Actually there are several markers i SHOULD have noticed from the pics, but certainly so in hand, also too many videos out there showing the "flaws" on the fakes.

    1. silver snap buttons
    2. buttons are not aligned right
    3. drop point is bigger and longer
    4. the pomel is shiney and "cheap" looking / cast
    5. the scalops cuts are much deeper
    6. rough edges on the plastic castings on the scabbard
    7. lack of a box or a box that is much smaller than it should be
    8. the REAL GERBERS HAVE DOUBLE LINED SILVERY REFLECTIVE LOGOS , AND "MADE IN OREGON" ETC MARKINGS!!!......the FAKE ones are SINGLE LINED and WHITE, not SILVERY reflective
     
  17. kenneth lee

    kenneth lee

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    Mar 17, 2020
    hey, it was LATE at night, do i have to sit up all night to reply???

    the TELL TALE marks of the FAKE ONES are:
    1. silver snap buttons
    2. buttons are not aligned right
    3. drop point is bigger and longer
    4. the pomel is shiney and "cheap" looking / cast
    5. the scalops cuts are much deeper
    6. rough edges on the plastic castings on the scabbard
    7. lack of a box or a box that is much smaller than it should be
    8. the REAL GERBERS HAVE DOUBLE LINED SILVERY REFLECTIVE On-blade markings/LOGOS , AND "MADE IN OREGON" ETC MARKINGS!......the FAKE ones are SINGLE LINED and WHITE, not SILVERY reflective
     
  18. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Thanks for sharing that with us. I don't have one so it is hard to see the problem.

    n2s
     
  19. dinoatlas

    dinoatlas

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    Feb 6, 2016
    Oka
    Okay, now THAT's Funny!
     
  20. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    For new knives I say yes, but I buy vintage traditionals off eBay quite often. They're mostly used but I have gotten a few NOS.
    Just gotta know what you're buying.
     
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