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Fake Bear Grylls Bayley knives

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by P7perfect, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. P7perfect


    Jun 30, 2006
    I have gotten permission to copy and paste this useful information off another forum:-

    Most people will know that Rob Bayley's S4 survival knife he designed for Bear Grylls has been copied en masse by a Chinese company, complete with the Grylls logo.

    Here's how you tell them apart and why they are as far off from the original Bayley made knife as you can get. The sales pictures make them seem very good copies, but in reality, they really aren't.

    First up. The two together, Bayley at top:


    Just by this picture you can see major differences. The quality of construction and materials is miles apart. So lets look at the closer details:


    The Rob Bayley knife has a shaped metal guard and the fake has a basic, crudely shaped square one. The fake has gaps between the G10 slabs and guard and the G10 also sits higher to the guard on one side, and lower on the other on the fake. The handmade Bayley has perfect fit and lines. everything fits together well on Rob Bayleys knives. The serrated bladed Bayley guard is rounded compared to the plain version he makes, which has a more angular choil area. And again, is much more ergonomic than the fake, which is not finished off.


    The Bayley also has a shaped spine with a raised thumb ramp at the guard. The fake is completely flat and uneven in places.


    The fake (right) also has basic aluminium tubes holding on the slabs. The Bayley knife has tubular (4mm hole) loveless type handle “bolts” the thread end can be clearly seen.

    As you can see from the close ups of the G10 slabs, the fake is flat without any form or ergonomics in mind, while the Bayley is hand finished and shaped to fit the users hand for extended periods without causing blisters. use teh fake for more than a minute and you really know about it!!



    The edges on the Bayley are also shaped and ergonomic, while the fake is left unfinished and square, although a half hearted attempt and putting an angle on the edge of the slabs has occurred in some areas, but they must get bored easy as it is not consistent or even regular.


    Looking down the back of the knife, The G10 handles on the Bayley the front of the handle tapers off towards the guard while the fake is dead flat with no shaping at all. All Bayley Knives are etched on the spine. Later models also have a serial number.


    The iconic Bayley side grill/scoops run flat/parallel to the knifes tang on the real knife, while the fake has them scooped out. The Bayley knife also has a deep belly which lets you fingers lock into this grill On the fake, your fingers don't fall anywhere near them, so they are useless.


    They are far more subtle and finely machined on Rob Bayleys knife. The fake looks like someone was let loose with a Dremel.


    Rob Bayleys S4 is also made from RWL-34. The fake is made from AUS-8 and is clearly printed on the blade. The fake blade also has machine marks running vertically down it. Rob Bayleys knife is finely polished with a hand rubbed horizontal brushed finish.


    The Bear Grylls signature is also etched into the steel on a Bayley and in black. The fakes are printed in white/silver and uses kiddy font rather than bold caps found on the Bayley.


    Now the sheath. Where do you start here?


    The fake is made from awful, very thin leather and the knife point actually pokes through at the bottom after sheathing it a few times due to the multi layered and thin leather stacking. The Bear Grylls printing is crude and it is just the cheapest thing you can imagine. This Bayley one next to it is four years old and in better condition, made from thick saddle leather and finished as you'd expect from a custom knife maker.

    You get what you pay for. But don't be fooled by people who say it is the same. It is a world apart and feels completely different in the hand. The heat treat on the fake is also inconsistent and it is pure luck if you get one that will hold an edge and not roll. This one I tested developed a bent tip up to 1cm up after prising off dead birch bark. It is no Bayley knife. Fit, form and function are different, as are ergonomics and even the overall shape. It looks like a Bayley in the pictures advertising it. But believe me, it is as different as the cheapest of Chinese SAKs compared to a Victorinox, but even more so.
  2. bladerique


    Aug 31, 2010
    I just saw a Bayley knife on ebay for $1,600. I hope it's real.
  3. Artfully Martial

    Artfully Martial

    Jun 8, 2005
    More to love from a country that has no enforceable intellectual property rights.
  4. P7perfect


    Jun 30, 2006
    If you mean that S5, it is real.
  5. eccvets

    eccvets Banned BANNED

    Sep 8, 2008
    whats the cost of the chinese copy? 99% of the people will never use their knifes for survival purposes and a sharp knife is a sharp knife... would be worth it if its cheap and AUS-8 isnt total crap...

    just playing devils advocate here.
  6. P7perfect


    Jun 30, 2006
    The article says that the heat treat on them is garbage. On anothetr forum, the tester broke the blade off where it meets the handle and another one was so soft the tip bent over.
  7. jimnolimit


    Oct 28, 2009
    if they are willing to fake the name on the blade, what's stopping them from faking the name of the steel?

    this knock-off company is lying and deceiving, i have zero trust in the materials used and the construction of the knife.
  8. Smokinape


    Jan 21, 2011
    I wouldn't by a fake of any product, much less a knife...
  9. secondstoryguy


    Mar 21, 2005
    If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. I don't buy Infraction issued knockoffs and report every item I see on eBay that takes someone else's ideas and uses them to make $.
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  10. gytheran


    Apr 6, 2009
    You've got the wrong S4 model you're comparing it to. The serrated version(according to the website) doesn't have an angled guard and it appears it may have a more scooped out grip.
  11. kawr

    kawr Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Please tell me what does the word Infraction issued mean. I would also like to know why you used it.
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  12. minimize


    Nov 12, 2007
    Probably cause he is a mouth breathing inbred.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 27, 2011
  13. tacmedic909

    tacmedic909 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2010
    That sheath(fake one), WTF, at least make that look decent even if it is a fake.
  14. Bastid

    Bastid Goat herding fool and resident vermin breeder. Staff Member Super Mod

    Feb 27, 2001
    Please. Although the use of racist terms by others can be more than upsetting to most of us, just report the post. Quoting the terms, just makes our tasks more difficult. When you start throwing insults around it just makes matters worse. We have a rule against racism and one regarding posting insults and they are not qualified by exceptions.

    Thank you.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2011
  15. P7perfect


    Jun 30, 2006
    It isn't my article and I didn't write it. But it does say that the serrated version has a more rounded guard. The grip scoop is the same though.


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