This was purchased by a customer on Ebay. It was advertised as being made of Carbon V, however
it resembled a San Mai III Trail Master (shown in the picture above). Genuine Carbon V blades
came with black epoxy powder coating (shown in the lower left), or with a fine grain polish and
a brass guard and grommet (shown in the lower right).
The most glaring indication that this was a fake was the way the blade fit into the guard.
If you look at the picture on the left you can see that the genuine Cold Steel knife has a
flush fit with the guard, while the fake version has visible gaps.