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    BUCK 480 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation


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    I would like to know if this is a legitimate BUCK knife or counterfit? There are multiple listings for these and are all located in China.


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    The original ones were "real". Made in China for the RMEF but here's a post by Bill Keys of Buck sometime ago:


    "This may or may not be legitimate. We did have these produced for the RMEF a while ago, and they were manufactured in China. However, these have also been a favorite of the counterfeit sellers. We have seen these pop up on numerous sites (many in China). The problem is, since the originals were made in China and they do such a good job copying, the counterfeit ones look exactly like the legitimate ones and both are made in China. Best thing to do is to ask how the person selling it acquired it. If it was from a web site, I would be leary. If it was from a "brick and mortor" store in the US, then probably ok, or if from the RMEF itself, then ok.

    Bill Keys
    Director of Manufacturing and Engineering
    Buck Knives, Inc."
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    I think a lot of American companies that have moved some manufacturing to China are learning a hard lesson. Once they have your engineering and design knowledge, you're scr***d.

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    While it is true that it was a mistake for Buck to put its name on this knife in the first place, I doubt that the Chinese needed any secrets from Buck to make this slab of steel.

    The problem here is that the particular knife in question is simple, cheap and easy to copy.

    It looked like a cheap fake from the first one turned out and it still does.

    A mistake in several ways, I would say.

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    Good to know....off my list.

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    I just bought one. . . For less than 12 dollars. I figured it had to be a fake, but for the $0.90 bid price plus $9.xx in shipping, I figured I'd put in a two dollar bid and investigate later.

    Oh well. . . . At least it LOOKS kind of cool - I'll use it as a knock-around, practice my sharpening skills, and experiment with patinas.

    I've found worse ways to spend twelve bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PitchAndMoment View Post
    I just bought one. . . For less than 12 dollars. I figured it had to be a fake, but for the $0.90 bid price plus $9.xx in shipping, I figured I'd put in a two dollar bid and investigate later.

    Oh well. . . . At least it LOOKS kind of cool - I'll use it as a knock-around, practice my sharpening skills, and experiment with patinas.

    I've found worse ways to spend twelve bucks.
    I doubt that you'll get a patina on it. Even the Chinese fakes are SS.
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    Then I guess it will live as my sharpening dummy!

    I've been reading a lot of knifenut1013, so some honing of my honing skills is due. . .

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    That probly is a pretty good knife anyways, specially at that kinda price!!

    It's only if you care about the name that it really matters much. It ain't really a Buck.

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