Does it exist fake Frank B Stilettos?

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Does it exist fake Frank B Stilettos?

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I have been offered to buy a 13Inch Stiletto,
On the front its marked Inox and on the back Frank B, It has plastic scales and bayonet blade.
Do you guys know if the chinese made a copy like that?

Any input is appreciated!
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Re: Does it exist fake Frank B Stilettos?

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If you have photos please post them, it’s hard to say without the photos. I can only recall seeing the Frank B stamp on the button side of the knife.
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Re: Does it exist fake Frank B Stilettos?

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Here is some pictures
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dela bilder på nätet

What do you guys think?
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Re: Does it exist fake Frank B Stilettos?

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I have owned a few Frank B and they were all marked on the same side as the button. Thats why Im uncertain.
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Re: Does it exist fake Frank B Stilettos?

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While I don't have the experience of many others here, I will say that not only is the stamp on the wrong side; but I've never seen the Frank B stamp at an angle like this, either. And the cut path for the lock button looks really ratty, too.

The piece definitely seems pretty fishy.
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Re: Does it exist fake Frank B Stilettos?

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I know there are quite a few Frank B 13” stilettos out there, but I’m not positive he makes 13”ers. It’s likely a Renzo Beltrame that got sold by Frank. Appears Italian though.
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Re: Does it exist fake Frank B Stilettos?

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Fake, Fake, Fake!
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Re: Does it exist fake Frank B Stilettos?

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The knife is as legit as they come. See Jules Vane's post.
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Re: Does it exist fake Frank B Stilettos?

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Real Italian knife. As stated above Frank does not make this size but must have marked them for sale as his product after it was made by others.....Worth $80-120 tops.
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Re: Does it exist fake Frank B Stilettos?

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Thanks for all the input, its higly appreciated!
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Re: Does it exist fake Frank B Stilettos?

Post by Mario »

It’s legit. There are a few features I look for when determining if a stiletto switchblade is a legit Italian or a China clone.

1. I look at the pin placement. The China clones usually have two pins on the back near the top bolster. This has one.

2. I look at the spring. If it’s a rounded wire spring that’s slipped behind a pin, it’s Chinese. If the spring is a non-rounded solid piece that’s integral with the backspring, it’s Italian.

3. I look at the polish work on the bolsters and blade. The Chinese knives have a much glossier, almost mirror polish look to them.
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