TheOutdoorNerd wrote:The important thing is that you are covered through PayPal. For some of us here like me, it's no big deal if I get a fake, though it hasn't happened yet. You send it back, you get a new one, the seller apologies, and you're not really out anything except a few minutes of your time. Most of the time I will take a better price even if it comes with the risk of a tiny bit of hassle. Sometimes, like today when a new model drops, I go straight to my favorite well known dealer and click before they're all gone.
But if the security of knowing you have a legit one is worth paying a little more to you, then it's certainly not a bad way to go sticking with one of the well known sellers. Honestly, half the time I forget I ordered something and it comes as a surprise. If I obsessed over the legitimacy of something I ordered, then I would stick to the sellers mentioned here.
To me, getting a good deal is just as exciting most of the time as the item itself. It's almost a sport itself snapping a rare up on flea bay or snagging something right when it drops. And when the day comes that I get a fake knife, well, I only have a couple hundred others to carry while I'm waiting on the replacement, which the seller better be sending via expedited shipping and slathered with apologies. Because in this game, the buyer holds all the cards. And sellers don't get 50,000 positive ratings from screwing everyone. Hopefully those two facts give you some comfort.
Pretty much the exact opposite for me, this will be my first high quality folder. The only other folder I have is my RAT-1 that I've carried for the last few years. I don't have a whole collection of knives to choose from while I wait for my problems to be resolved. But you are right, I am covered by Paypal and Ebay.
The problem is I wouldn't know how to tell a fake knife from a real one just by looking at it. I've been doing some research into the subject and there are a few ways to tell just by looking at the box, but I'm having trouble finding anyone reporting a faked Manix 2. It's mostly PM2, Military's.
I also don't find shopping enjoyable, and I'm not a knife collector. I'm just looking to get a high quality knife @ an affordable price that will be dependable and keep a good edge for a long period of time. The AUS-8 on my RAT-1 has no retention, soon as I cut anything with it it looses that fine hair popping edge. Usually I can strop it back, but I don't want to do constant blade maintenance. I don't find it fun. Plus the RAT-1 is a liner lock.