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March 29, 2007
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Counterfeit SOG Knives

Posted by SOG Marketing

I just want to put out a warning when buying knives on eBay of other auction sites. We have noticed a couple sellers that are selling counterfeit SOG knives. This is especially true if the knife is shipping China. If a knife price looks too good to be true it most likely is.

So, if you have knife that you are looking at and are unsure of it's authenticity please feel free to contact us and we will let you know if it appears to counterfeit or not.

Be careful out there.

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  • Mark Sandretto
    Mark Sandretto April 13, 2007

    What is the quage of "too good to be true"?. Most of the Buy it Now Distrib utors seem to be able to sell your products for near half of suggested retail New in Box.
    Mark S.

  • SOG Administrator
    SOG Administrator April 13, 2007

    As an example selling a SOG knife or what looks like a SOG for $9.99 from China. That should be a good tip off..

  • Mark Sandretto
    Mark Sandretto April 13, 2007

    Wow! Quick response.
    Coincidentally I was looking at ebay just a minute ago and came up with this one:

    230116776245 ebay auction number.

    If you look in his other items list he has a Flash II I think.

    Thanks, Mark Sandretto

  • Mark Sandretto
    Mark Sandretto April 13, 2007

    Here is another one. ebay url#:

    <em>eBay listing removed by admin </em>

    This guy has sold thousands of items with a 99% + rating, but all the stuff seems to be the kind of hardware store item that a shoplifter can nab easily even in the summer in light clothes. I've been kind of fascinated by these type sites and refer to them as Shylock (after the Dicken's character) sites.

    It's almost like someone has taken the fence concept and made it centralized for crackheads.

    Is there a place to look for a list of SOG deadlers that can be refered to for ebay use?

    Mark Sandretto

  • Mark Sandretto
    Mark Sandretto April 13, 2007


    In referrence too:

    <em>Ebay listing removed by admin</em>

    I'm sorry about wasting your time, but I noticed that the shipping from this fine ebayer is about $20 in the fine print so he's getting close to 26.50 for the knife without any competitive bidding. Assuming $2.50 postage.

    It's not a bad price, so please take a look and see if it is real as far as you can tell. I want to get a good knife for every day of the year, but can't spend too much, because I am in the trail horse business. Horse hoofs, gritty tack and ranch work is not the place for collector's items. Oh yeah, they get lost, also.

  • SOG Administrator
    SOG Administrator April 17, 2007


    Thanks for checking in with us about the authenticity of some knives listed on eBay. I have gone through and removed the link the items you had found. I did this because I do not want to drive any traffic there way from the SOG website. Especially the first link that you posted. I hope that you understand. Also, it looks like the listing have been removed for some reason. If you have questions in the future please email us using the <a href="" rel="nofollow">contact forms</a>.


  • skh.pcola
    skh.pcola April 28, 2007

    I've often wondered what recourse manufacturers have against knock-off sellers. I understand the basics of patent law, but when a Chinese eBayer is involved, that country doesn't exactly have a sterling track record of protecting intellectual property.

    Regardless, those of us who collect and enjoy quality knives won't be taken in by the fakes. Over on knifeforums, there are enough 'experts' to reveal these criminal sellers for what they are.

  • Nathan Davey
    Nathan Davey September 28, 2010

    I bought a flash 2 from this guy and believed it to be real as it was sold in the US but after closer comparison on the SOG website and this guys product pics found out that it's a fake and the knife dosn't even exist with that configuration from SOG.

  • SOG Administrator
    SOG Administrator September 28, 2010

    Yes, this is a big problem and if you are unsure about something feel free to check with us about authenticity.

  • Nathan Davey
    Nathan Davey September 28, 2010

    Did you look at the product listed in the auction to see if it was counder
    feit or not ?

  • Michael Zollman
    Michael Zollman January 5, 2015

    Take a look at this link. Craigslister is stating these are the Flash Tanto? What can you tell me?

  • #TakePoint
    #TakePoint January 5, 2015

    There's no link.

  • Andrew Sebastian
    Andrew Sebastian January 28, 2015

    I have noticed different variations of the SOG logo on some knives on the website. Do you have a standard logo or are the different fonts/spacing of the lettering knife specific? If there is a standard logo and to rule out confusion of what is authentic or not, will you please attach a picture of it? Thank you for your time.

  • #TakePoint
    #TakePoint January 28, 2015

    With Walmart, their SOG stuff is likely legit. You can see our current logo on our website. Our previous logo, which still appears on many products in stores, can be seen here:

  • Brian Baumgarten
    Brian Baumgarten February 13, 2015

    I won a "SOG Flash Tanto" from e-bay for $8.88, free shipping. It did come from China and took 5 weeks to arrive.
    It was definitely not a SOG. I have several SOG knives, and they are well made, high quality, sharp knives.
    The e-bay SOG was OK for a cheap Chinese knife, but in a whole different class than most quality knife brands. The riveting job was poor. It is called "Tanto", and did not have a "Tanto" style blade.
    Task one was to open a Fed-Ex Box. No problem for most knives. The e-bay knife had troubles cutting through the tape.
    The design of the knife does not fit my hand well. I guess this will end up in the box with my other Junk knives... Oh Well, $8.88 down the drain.
    I do not think I will trust my life with this knife.

  • #TakePoint
    #TakePoint February 19, 2015

    We wouldn't use that knife either. Unfortunately, there's only so much we can do to counterfeit knives.

  • Nick T.
    Nick T. March 11, 2015

    I want to thank the staff for coming up with this "counterfeit blog". I almost bot this SOG Knife from ebay where the seller stated it is a real SOG knife for $9.99 (manufactured in China). When i look at his negative feed backs, a majority of his customers said that the SOG knives were fake, and the seller never replied back on their comments. I look on the SOG home page and found out SOG are manufactured in the United States (GOOD FOR YOU SOG!!!). Then I came accross this blog. You now have a loyal customer for life.

    Best Regards,
    Nick T. (California)

  • Carlie
    Carlie April 28, 2015

    I'm assigned to a counterfeiting task force. My job is to seize and destroy the counterfeit product. You can find counterfeit SOG on Ebay, gun shows, flea markets and pawn shops. I did some research and most appear to be coming out of China. How to tell a fake, look at the quality and price, remember you get what you pay for. I compare photos using the SOG website to the knife you are looking to purchase. The ones I've seen have design flaws that are clearly visible, look for the registered trademark symbol and flaws with the letters SOG. I had one seller tell me the SOG letters on the box without the trademark symbol was a production error and the addition of an X inside the letter O was a new design. It was fake if the box didn't tell the story the knife did, its a great feeling when you whip your original SOG out and compare the two then seize his fakes. If your unsure buy from SOG or one of its licensed distributors.

  • Robert Allen
    Robert Allen July 21, 2015

    I bought a Flash off EBay. It came from the U.S. and was in a box that looked just like my other SOG boxes even with the registration web address on it. I threw it in my gift box an didn't realize until recently it could be a fake. No paperwork. No Made in China marking.

  • Mitch Langston
    Mitch Langston August 7, 2015

    I am looking at buying a SOG Arcitech A02 on eBay and noticed that there is no serial number on the knife? I was under the impression that there were only 1000 of these made and they were all numbered? Could it be possible that the knife is just a regular production run with no serial number?

  • Brett LaMar
    Brett LaMar September 20, 2015

    I was shopping for a knife at Big 5 and noticed that it said right on the package that it was made in China. Are some of the blades made in China or could it have been just the packaging?

  • Svarten
    Svarten October 31, 2015

    Might be a counterfeit knife, and it was cheap, and made in china... but I was surprised at the product anyhow, it's a better knife than some of my other "branded" knives that cost 2-3x as much.

    Sure It's bad that they try to sell them as named brands, but all of the copies are not that bad, I count myself lucky, I got a decent product for next to nothing :) They call it K70, since there is nothing like it on the SOG page it's quite obvious it's fake (I didn't check before order though)

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