I've been doing quite a bit of research and thought I'd pull together what I have found out about spotting fake Global knives.
The dimples on the handle should be uniformly presented. You should be able to see straight lines in four different direction. The dimples should all be the same size. The black in the dimples is not paint - it a darker shade of the metal (where it has been anodised) and exactly fits inside dimple. If you can see paint outside the dimple it is a fake. You can also go onto the Global website and find a picture of the knife to count the number of dimples and compare to the handle you have.
The Blade. The blade should be 2mm thick on the blunt edge (apart from the flexible knives which are thinner). The sharp edge should be feathered into the blade with uniform thickness along the blade. You should also be able to see concentric rings along the blade - this is from the manufacturing process.
The Logo. The logo is anodised onto the blade (as per the dimples) not painted. If there is paint on the blade then it is a fake. There should be an "r" in a circle and other markings (go to the Global website to compare). There should be the knife model number present.
Balance. Balance the kinfe on your finger at the point where the handle joins the blade - it should balance in a horizontal position. If it tips forward or backwards then it is a fake.
The Cut Test. Cut something hardish like an onion with the knife. If you've never used a Global before and it is genuine then you'll know it - they come out of the factory as sharp as anything I have ever used. If you have used a Global before then you'll soon be able to tell if it is a fake.
The shake test. This is the easiest way to spot a fake. Take the knife and shake it with the handle near your ear (be careful, its sharp!). Global knives have sand in the hollow of the handle to balance them - you can hear the sand moving about inside the handle. The larger the blade the more weight it needs so the more sand and the more likely you are to hear it - small knives make hardly any noise.
How to spot a fake Global knife
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20 December 2008