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INFI test

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by Murman, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. Murman

    Murman Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 11, 2015
    Does anyone know of any tests to positively identify INFI?. It occurred to me that if someone stripped a knockoff and sold it as a sterile stripper, or etched it, it might be difficult to detect.
  2. honorearth

    honorearth Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Smear mustard on the blade sr101 will patina after a few minutes infi doesn't take a patina very much unless it still has decarb residue
  3. honorearth

    honorearth Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    In the case of a knockoff if it was stainless steel it would not patina.
    I think it would be easy enough to tell the difference between a busse blade and a knockoff once in hand. The balance and quality always stand out to people when handling any of the ones I have.
    If you still are unsure use it hard and see how it responds that would be the definitive answer.
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  4. Murman

    Murman Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 11, 2015
    What does Chinese 440 do?
  5. AZTimT

    AZTimT The Stripetition Finish Guy

    Oct 15, 2009
    To test for INFI, beat it to the breaking point, if it's your breaking point before the knife, it's INFI; vice versa, it's not. :p

    Or just contact Busse, which is probably the best course of action.
  6. Busto

    Busto KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 26, 2011
    If you have suspicions it's a Knock-Off walk away....do the homework. Ask questions of the seller so you have some idea about who did the work or how they acquired the blade. I have Factory sterile satin blades by request from the past when those options were available.

    440C if that was your question is a Stainless Alloy reacts different than INFI which is a Carbon steel alloy to corrosion and rust. All steel will rust and corrode given the proper environment Stainless....Stain-Less...Not....Stain-Proof.
  7. leatherman

    leatherman leathermoderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 30, 2001
    As has been said before its pretty easy to identify the fakes in most cases. Through the years I've seen some pretty bad copies, and seen a couple of really scary good ones. The AK's that were on that sales site a few years ago were scary good, luckily they are gone now, but I wonder how many got out before they were stopped.
  8. Murman

    Murman Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 11, 2015
    I guess what I'm more concerned about is not an easy identify Chinese fake but an American with skills. I know good knife makers who could come very close is not exactly.
  9. Stlhead

    Stlhead Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2009
    Anyone with enough skill to produce a fake of such similar quality to fool most would have no problem selling his own creations. If you are genuinely concerned about getting only the real deal then just buy from the man direct and you will be assured of only the purest product.
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  10. dogboye

    dogboye Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 1999
    Chuck it under a running John Deere riding mower. If it kills the mower, it's INFI. If the mower kills it, it's not INFI.
    CAUTION: Only do this while you're sitting on the lawnmower. You can be fairly assured the INFI won't come up through the frame and into your backside. Any other location, not so much.

    I keed, I keed... don't chuck it under the running lawnmower. Even my CGBB13 got the edge pretty messed up by the John Deere. Not as bad as I would have thought, though.
  11. boring

    boring Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    like across the street?
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  12. boring

    boring Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    I believe the talon hole size can also be an indicator if infi or sr101.
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  13. MacLaren1

    MacLaren1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 15, 2014
    The fakes of every brand, not just Busse are getting better and better it seems. Sal, at Spyderco has really been trying to fight it. It may be impossible to stop.
  14. zombieassassin

    zombieassassin Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2015
    If it smells like whiskey and cigars it is INFI.
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  15. Still Voracious

    Still Voracious INFIDEL

    Sep 7, 2016
    Show pics and ask on here. We won't trample ya for it! Really! (Not really)
  16. littlehoot

    littlehoot Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2015
    Take it out side and leave it a.half hour. Go back out, If all the trees.wilt in terror is 101; if they have uprooted and run away it's Infi
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  17. Murman

    Murman Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 11, 2015
  18. gk4ever2

    gk4ever2 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2008
    Murman, I tried your link above and it does not work. I agree with Voracious - other than asking Jerry, the folks here are probably some of the best resources for spotting a fake. I have been buying Busse knives since late 2001, so I have become pretty familiar with Busse quality. Post a photo(s) of the knife in question.
  19. hydeinmind

    hydeinmind Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2015
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  20. Murman

    Murman Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 11, 2015
    Oh yes I'm stripping and polishing her up will post photos when I'm done.
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