Fake vs Real Trail Master®

Counterfeit Trail Master

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.

Counterfeit Trail Master
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