Spyderco Fakes & Knock Offs Info

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by RevDevil, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. BrandoSpoke


    Mar 14, 2017
    I posted this on a Spyderco Facebook group and people found it useful so here is the post:

    *How to spot fake Spyderco knives*
    There have been a bunch of posts over the past few days saying "is this fake" or "does this look fake" and such. As people may know, Spyderco is widely counterfeited and these fake knives are getting really good but none are perfect.
    If you are buying on ebay, make sure to ask the seller if the knife is real (even if you think it is) because photos can be deceiving and if the knife arrives and it is fake, you can use that message as proof that they were selling a fake branded as real and ebay will refund you. Also, always make sure to use Paypal b/c they have a buyer protection program and they will refund you if you were scammed and bought a fake.
    Here are 3 good videos that I encourage everyone to watch that explain how to spot fake Spyderco knives.

    **Disclaimer: These videos only go over certain models so not all of the things mentioned apply to all knives so make sure you are aware of the characteristics of the knife you want to buy. (For example, the Dragonfly 2 only has screw heads on one side but the Paramilitary 2 has screw heads on both sides).

    **Another disclaimer: I would not determine a fake from the box (unless it is completely obvious) because I have seen variations of real Spyderco boxes.
    If you have any other tips, feel free to leave them in the comments of this post.

    Here is another video where in an interview, Sal and Eric talk about the problem of fake Spyderco knives:
  2. Seneca18


    Jan 2, 2015
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  3. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    That is a garbage fake. At least the pm2 fake I spotted at the Hamburg cabelas had a compression lock.

    Good spot. Hopefully they don't sell that to anyone.
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  4. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    That really sucks to see fakes being sold in big name stores like that. Those fakes could give some unsuspecting customer a bad experience with Spyderco.
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  5. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Crappy people are scaming big box stores that don't know any better. It is a big chain of fail. Saw it first hand.
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  6. bearfacedkiller

    bearfacedkiller Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2014
    That is a terrible fake. Maybe a friendly reminder that selling fakes is illegal would help.

    This is not the first report of fakes at Cabelas. Sad....

    When major retailers aren't safe then what?
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  7. Seneca18


    Jan 2, 2015
    I sent an email to Spyderco about this, linking my thread also, so hopefully they get this taken care of.
  8. GetToThePoint


    Jul 10, 2016
    So does this mean the supply chain is contaminated? Or does Cabela's sell 'used' knives whereby a customer could come in and give them a fake knife to sell?

    For new knives, I have a hard time believing Cabela's doesn't buy from Spyderco (or a very large, authorized dealer) directly.
  9. ScottieG59


    May 6, 2013
    Maybe it is posted several time here already... If someone buys a knife, but returns it while substituting a fake, I expect it is possible for the vendor to sell a fake without knowing it. I think I have heard of this happening, and it could undermine confidence. Maybe some will avoid buying something that is so regularly counterfeited. I have avoided some deals when I could not easily verify the authenticity of items.
  10. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    Spotted on the red side of the fence
    a neck knife
    With a Franken fixed bladed civilian/matriarch
    Matched with a black scaled
    steel karambit type ring handle.
  11. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Great advice to nail these crooks !!!
  12. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Has there been any instances of fake GB1 or GB2 knives ?
  13. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    Lotta fake etched Spins in circulation for sale for some reason currently...BUYER BEWARE!!! :confused::eek::thumbsdown:
  14. Cyrano

    Cyrano Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 13, 2015
    This knife is not represented as a Spyderco product, but I do see a round hold, as well as certain similarities of design to one of Spyderco's products:

  15. kingston73

    kingston73 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 14, 2013
    How do you spot a fake native? I just got one from a place on eBay and want to make sure it’s legit
  16. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    Avoid eBay and Amazon. Buy from authorized dealers only. Even some big box stores may have clones due to people swapping the clone with the real thing when they take it back.
  17. cabfrank


    Jun 21, 2010
    I can't imagine the counterfeiters could come close to the refinement levels of that back lock.
  18. Shoo2r


    Dec 23, 2017
    Avoid Amazon??? I know to avoid their third party resellers but anything filled by Amazon should be OK I would think. I bought a PM2 there and checked it closely following the videos on Youtube. It passed every test. Not only that but I'd be amazed if anyone made a fake as good as this knife.
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  19. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    Nope. People will buy the real thing and a fake and send the fake back and keep the real thing. Amazon then sells the fake. They don't inspect it for legitimacy.

    Support the forum and buy from vendors here that don't do any of that.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2017
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  20. Shoo2r


    Dec 23, 2017
    Maybe they do have a problem but again I checked my knife against all the stuff on the videos on Youtube and it passed every test. And again I know enough about knives to know when one works great and when it doesn't. This one works great. But I did check to be sure it was the real thing. I checked the box but I figured that could be faked by someone doing returns. Amazon generally sells returned stuff as refurbished BTW. I don't know that they always do that but with all the fakes around I checked the knife I bought closely.
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