Chaparral Fake?

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Chaparral Fake?

Postby ceast » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:15 pm

Picked this up a Chaparral frn from Amazon the other day and noticed a couple things that have me concerned it could be a fake.
Box was not wrapped in plastic, just scotch taped at the end.

May be using the wrong term here for a folder, but the blade base that bolts into the pivot (tang?) has a brass coloration where it's "bedded in" against the lockbar during opening/closing. Is this normal after some use or a sign of something else.

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Re: Chaparral Fake?

Postby The Deacon » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:31 pm

AFAIK, Spyderco only puts the knife itself in a plastic bag, sometimes a plain clear plastic bag, sometimes a mini-bubble wrap bag. They don't wrap boxes in plastic or seal them closed with tape. However, some sellers may do one or the other of those things. Some knives show a brownish discoloration on areas that were laser cut. Beyond that, it's impossible to say for sure if your knife is genuine or fake. Amazon has been know to sell both. On the bright side, if you're not completely sure it's real, send it back and get one from a legitimate knife dealer. From what I'm seeing Amazon is charging the same prices as New Graham, Knife Center, Knifeworks, and a slew of other reputable dealers.
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Re: Chaparral Fake?

Postby ceast » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:52 pm

Thanks much, very helpful. I was using up an Amazon gift card, otherwise I would of grabbed one from a normal dealer.

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Re: Chaparral Fake?

Postby Sharp Guy » Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:32 pm

The line on the surface area of the tang is from the lock bar rubbing on it and is completely normal (IMO). It's usually from lube or debris and can be wiped off.

Whether or not your Chaparral LW is a fake is hard to say. It's hard to tell from the one pic. If it makes you feel any better, I've not heard of any fake Chaparral LWs or any Chaparrals for that matter.
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Re: Chaparral Fake?

Postby Rpp » Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:52 pm

Spyderco’s Kristi confirmed that some retailers do request wrapped boxes. Others use tape. Some add nothing.

Normally knockoffs will show up on Alibaba or eBay first. Never seen a chaparral FRN fake there.

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Re: Chaparral Fake?

Postby ceast » Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:09 pm

Sharp Guy wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:32 pm
The line on the surface area of the tang is from the lock bar rubbing on it and is completely normal (IMO). It's usually from lube or debris and can be wiped off.

Whether or not your Chaparral LW is a fake is hard to say. It's hard to tell from the one pic. If it makes you feel any better, I've not heard of any fake Chaparral LWs or any Chaparrals for that matter.
Great, that was my thinking as well. Had figured it would appear more polished rather than a brownish polish. I couldn't wipe it off, which just made me a little concerned it was a fake, but after hearing from a few folks here I'm pretty sure it's the real deal, perhaps just opened a closed a few times before making its way to me.

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Re: Chaparral Fake?

Postby BornIn1500 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:13 pm

The Deacon wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:31 pm
Beyond that, it's impossible to say for sure if your knife is genuine or fake. Amazon has been know to sell both.

Fakes from Amazon directly ("sold & shipped by") or from one of the 3rd party sellers? That makes a big difference.

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Re: Chaparral Fake?

Postby The Deacon » Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:05 am

BornIn1500 wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:13 pm
The Deacon wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:31 pm
Beyond that, it's impossible to say for sure if your knife is genuine or fake. Amazon has been know to sell both.

Fakes from Amazon directly ("sold & shipped by") or from one of the 3rd party sellers? That makes a big difference.

All three - sold and shipped by Amazon, sold by "X" and shipped by Amazon, and sold and shipped by a 3rd party seller. And it's not just Spyderco, and not just knives. Amazon tends to buy everything they sell from the cheapest source, and the cheapest source is sometimes cheapest because it's selling counterfeit goods.
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