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Is this a fake please help

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:03 pm
by jimstyx586
Just bought this little pm2 on knife swap on reddit from a reputable seller and I'm just over cautious. Reddit says it's real. What say you? http://imgur.com/a/kpE4Gmw

Re: Is this a fake please help

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:08 pm
by BornIn1500
I think if people are overly cautious and worried about fakes, they'd save so much anxiety by just buying from an authorized Spyderco dealer. Hard to tell if yours is a fake from the pics.

https://www.spyderco.com/resources/dealer-locator/

Re: Is this a fake please help

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:45 am
by dalefuller
Looks just like mine, which did come from an authorized dealer, as far as I can tell from your pics. Spine shots of the jimping and the compression lock would be helpful.

I agree that places like Reddit and social media subgroups are very risky for buying knives. There are several knife boards that allow buying and selling and that do a better job of policing their offerings than the aforementioned places do.

Re: Is this a fake please help

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:45 pm
by bagsnatcher
jimstyx586 wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:03 pm
Just bought this little pm2 on knife swap on reddit from a reputable seller and I'm just over cautious. Reddit says it's real. What say you? http://imgur.com/a/kpE4Gmw
Looks legit to me.

Scratch and sniff on the side of the scales. Real G10 will smell slightly like the inside of a brand new computer, or a brand new laptop you're powering on for the first time.

Knock-offs don't use real G10 (or they didn't use to, unsure about nowadays).

Re: Is this a fake please help

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:38 pm
by BornIn1500
bagsnatcher wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:45 pm
Knock-offs don't use real G10 (or they didn't use to, unsure about nowadays).
Counterfeits are definitely using real G10 these days. It's part of the reason it's such a shame to see them take the counterfeit path. They could have some decent folders if they used original designs.

Re: Is this a fake please help

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:18 pm
by bagsnatcher
BornIn1500 wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:38 pm
bagsnatcher wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:45 pm
Knock-offs don't use real G10 (or they didn't use to, unsure about nowadays).
Counterfeits are definitely using real G10 these days. It's part of the reason it's such a shame to see them take the counterfeit path. They could have some decent folders if they used original designs.
You know, there is an anecdote out there about the knockoffs being as good or better than the original product (I think it was purses, and/or high-end leather goods). To your point: if you have the technological means to knock off a design at such high level, why not come out with an original design? Could actually be pretty good.

Re: Is this a fake please help

Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:52 pm
by soc_monki
Looks authentic, but check the liners for 2 offset notches. I haven't seen a counterfeit yet that had the notches.

Re: Is this a fake please help

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:57 am
by kreisler
the hardware looks a bit off, should be different torx sizes, but .. that's no guaranteed indication. the rest most definitely looks legit, e.g. the jimping, the edge grind, the rounded cutout at the lock, etc.

Re: Is this a fake please help

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:48 pm
by brainfriction
That's a legit PM2

Re: Is this a fake please help

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:50 pm
by brainfriction
BornIn1500 wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:08 pm
I think if people are overly cautious and worried about fakes, they'd save so much anxiety by just buying from an authorized Spyderco dealer. Hard to tell if yours is a fake from the pics.

https://www.spyderco.com/resources/dealer-locator/
That's the thing, it was bought second hand from knife swap. Sometimes it's just hard to pass up a good deal on a used knife. I don't see any cause for concern from the OP though.