Cold Steel® is dedicated to attacking counterfeiters by any available means,
including utilization of the criminal justice system. An example of this sincere
commitment to end counterfeiting occurred on January 6, 2011, when Bradley Willis
McVey was indicted on charges of use of a counterfeit logo or trademark by the Carter
County Grand Jury. Mr. McVey's arrest and indictment followed an investigation into
his business, Valley Forge Auction & Wholesale, that was spearheaded by the Elizabethton,
TN Police Department and Cold Steel®'s private investigation team.
Based upon information collected by Cold Steel®'s investigation team, officers
from the Elizabethton Police Department surprised Mr. McVey with a search warrant
in late 2010. The officers inspected his warehouse and adjoining property and seized
293 counterfeit Cold Steel® knives. Mr. McVey now faces felony charges for his
sale of these counterfeit goods and could face fines of up to $3,000 and up to two
(2) years in prison.
Cold Steel® will continue to support this prosecution to insure the Mr. McVey
is punished to the maximum extent possible under the law and will continue to zealously
pursue counterfeiters through its global network of investigators.
Elizabethton Police Report (PDF)