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Fake GECs

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by bax229, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. choombak

    choombak Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2009
    Humans have quirks, which make the knives quirky -- especially GEC, which use real people in knife making as opposed to software-driven industrial machines. Oh, and the users doubly quirky won't buy a knife unless it passes his/her smell test and the knife is debated on a porch. ;-)

    Counterfeiters won't have much to gain here, so I believe more fakes in modern folders, as opposed to traditional. Of course that doesn't mean there won't be any -- just that the economic incentive isn't that high. :)
  2. MerryMadMonk

    MerryMadMonk Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 22, 2011
    I think what is more likely to happen (may already be happening... who knows?) with GEC knives is...

    I don't want to make it any easier than it already is.

    I don't know what percent of folks would get taken, but I suspect it would be higher for those newer to GEC.
  3. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    I see no danger from these and other poorly executed fakes, just a chance for a little education in both knifery and wisdom!!:cool::)
    I pity the poor fools that invent these things!!:rolleyes:
  4. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Just as the cream floats to the top so does the scum stick around the edges...old saying ...about a minute old coz I just said it.
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  5. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    I ve been pondering this topic overnight.
    Seems to me there could be 2 or more species of what might be termed fake.
    The blue thing above...fake...deliberately branded with the Tidioute name and countersunk with PA...to lend authenticity to it for the inexperienced buyer..
    Then I would identify Ripoffs. A second distinct species. Deliberately made to look and act like the original but openly displaying its own plumage(branding)...no penalty...no disqualification...perhaps Ripoff is too harsh a term for these...After all impersonation is the greatest form of flattery..fake or ripoff(lookalike?)...wheres the line? Hmmmm! Interesting.
    I'll give you an example...sorry if Ive gone on to a branch line.....a while back I was dragged along to an importing seminar by a good old mate of mine...general concept...get it made in China for cheap and in bulk and flog it here for a huge profit and become a grange guzzling gazillionaire in less than a year....join now and avoid the rush...it did however give me an idea as I was washed away on a tsunami of dollar bills...knives for retiring firefighters...made in China by RR...or such like...based on the shape of the GEC85 like 2011 forum knife blade and bottle opener...but with my own brand and unique scales of Firehose canvas micarta..(who remembers that idea awhile ago?)...why? Because end of the day...most of the knuckleheads like a beer ,its a good manly gift to, can be engraved, wouldnt cost much, looks good and is practical and mostly they wouldnt know or appreciate the difference in quality and materials other than price.
    So not a fake...maybe a ripoff in terms of design? Theres a market there somewhere.
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  6. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    As long as the popularity and variety of GEC/traditionals continues and the availability gets less=higher prices, there will be will be people trying to get over on you.
    e.g.-People have been counterfeiting/frankensteining Cases for a long time. Can you say Jim Parker?--KV
  7. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2014
    I think these are all pretty traditional patterns, especially if you are just saying 'the shape of the GEC 85'. I don't think it's a ripoff at all.

    I mean, I guess if they took apart a GEC made knife and copied all the parts it might be kind of hinky, but I don't really know the ins and outs of that sort of thing. Seems custom makers do that sort of thing fairly often.
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  8. tmd_87

    tmd_87 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 29, 2016
    LOL!!! Looks legit! :D:D:confused:
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  9. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I know this exact knife, $5 made in Pakistan. Obviously they just removed the word Pakistan that was printed on the back of the blade and printed this on the tang.
    Or had the factory make some with this printed on it.
    meako likes this.
  10. Planterz

    Planterz Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    Even though traditional knives kinda fly under the radar (compared to Spydercos, Sebenzas, etc), I figured it'd be only a matter of time before fake GECs came about. But not actual fakes, but the junk posted above, and/or the cheap-but-decent kind like Rough Rider, Colt, Steel Warrior, etc, but with fake tang stamps.
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  11. DelOro

    DelOro Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2016
    I agree. More of an exact type clone wouldn't surprise me? Especially out of China.

    Something *just like or same as* with a different tang stamp and similar packaging.


    With some of the aftermarket $$$ on earlier & more popular GEC's....I tend to think it's just a matter of time.
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