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Counterfeit SOG Knives

03.29.2007 / By SOG Marketing / In SOG News

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.


  • Mark Sandretto - 04 . 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 - 04 . 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 - 04 . 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 - 04 . 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 - 04 . 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 - 04 . 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 - 04 . 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 - 09 . 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 - 09 . 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 - 09 . 28 . 2010

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

  • Michael Zollman - 01 . 05 . 2015

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

  • #TakePoint - 01 . 05 . 2015

    There's no link.

  • Andrew Sebastian - 01 . 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 - 01 . 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 - 02 . 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 - 02 . 19 . 2015

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

  • Nick T. - 03 . 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 - 04 . 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 - 07 . 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 - 08 . 07 . 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 - 09 . 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 - 10 . 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)

  • Neil - 12 . 04 . 2015

    I just wanted to say that some knives that look fake aren't necessarily. I bought a SOG Twitch II from Walmart that said it had the following specs, so I contacted and was told that it was not counterfeit but made specially for Walmart.

    This is the Walmart item #: 553894414

    Here is the info from the box:
    SOG Twitch II LT
    Model# TWI18BX-4053
    Blade steel 420HC
    Made in Taiwan

    Blade has the following etched on it:
    Left side: SOG Twitch II
    Right side: Pat. 6,941,661
    Right near pivot: 4034

  • Neil - 12 . 04 . 2015

    Sorry if I posted twice, was not sure if it went through or not.

    I just wanted to say that some knives that look fake aren't necessarily. I bought a SOG Twitch II from Walmart that said it had the following specs, so I contacted and was told that it was not counterfeit but made specially for Walmart.

    This is the Walmart item #: 553894414

    Here is the info from the box:
    SOG Twitch II LT
    Model# TWI18BX-4053
    Blade steel 420HC
    Made in Taiwan

    Blade has the following etched on it:
    Left side: SOG Twitch II
    Right side: Pat. 6,941,661
    Right near pivot: 4034

  • Timothy Tayior - 12 . 30 . 2015

    I am looking at a Sog Blink Spectrum at . I was hoping that you could tell me if these guys are in your corner. I want to be sure that I am getting the quality of SOG that I know and appreciate. Thanks

  • Michael A. Ebinger - 01 . 02 . 2016

    I had what I thought was a SOG knife that I picked up at an auction and was it selling on E-Bay. I described the knife and sheath in detail. Someone alerted me to it so I immediately took it off. It is a polished Dagger with a 6.5 inch blade. Well I just found a duplicate of this knife on Amazon. It's am MTech that is polished instead of black. I know China has no copywrite and patent laws of protection. In matter of fact if you open up a business there, they can seize it at any time for any made up infraction and throw you out. They do it all the time.

  • Michael A. Ebinger - 01 . 02 . 2016

    Found the bootleg that I bought. It's an MTech MT225 that is polished instead of black. It's a $15 knife. I'm pissed!!

  • fabien - 02 . 03 . 2016

    I just purchased a Arcitech Damascus on Ebay and i'm wondering if it is an authentic??
    I paid $200 for it ,i received the knife in a single SOG box without documents, what catch my attention is the damascus blade who looks like to be a printed damascus design. The SOG sign on the blade is black and not engraved. Do you have any way to determine authenticity ??
    Thanks in advance.

  • CaveDog - 07 . 17 . 2016

    I have several SOG knives and must say even at full retail they are a bargain. I shop pawn shops, flea markets and even eBay, always searching for that great price but... quality comes at a price and you guys are a quality company selling a quality product at a very fair price. For anyone not understanding what a deal is you deserve a counterfeit knife everyone else enjoy your SOG knives.

  • Kenneth Matsumoto - 07 . 27 . 2016

    Hello All,
    I bought a SOG Flash Tanto FA05 on EBay for just under $10 along with econo shipping which came out to just under $15 from a seller named "atomic_video" if that is forum allowed? He or she was stating that the knife was made in Japan so I researched it for a bit and found out that there are a LOT of counterfeit SOG knives out there and I just happened to have bought one. Mine did not come with any box so it could have been someone wanting to unload their misfortune on someone else? I am not sure, but do not really care. I had a good feeling the "FA05" wasn't from Japan and I needed a cheap knife to use anyway so I bought it regardless of its background. Then, after reading the posts on this SOG site I felt I needed to inform folks so they won't get burnt if they go to EBay and buy what they think is a SOG knife when it is not. In other words, if you are on EBay, then be sure to do some "leg work" and research the product before buying it. I didn't care so I got what I paid for and am okay with it. There is a list of authentic SOG knives if you take the time to look and make your wise and informed choices then. People have the right to know what they are buying and not be misinformed and mislead by greedy folks and/or countries ready to pounce on folks looking for value and good prices. Be careful and as the old saying goes, "Buyer beware!"


  • Paul - 07 . 29 . 2016

    Dear sog , have you changed any of you steel or quality from 2012 -2016 on your power assist I am awaiting mine in the mail and scared to use it or just resell it I've read more bad than good reviews on bent Phillips screwdriver to breaking on barely put pressure on it , I own 7 multitool a mainly leather man and one gerber and on victorinox , and I use them everyday as a elevator mechanic , first I'm scared it's made in China and lots of reviews that quality has gone downhill , please tell me something more reassuring than all the Amazon and Internet reviews

  • WILLIAM DIAZ PONCE - 09 . 20 . 2016

    I have purchase a twitch II at a big outdoor store and the package was very different than the one I have seen over the internet. It looked like a plastic hanging type with green details. It had all the instructions and everything a real SOG would have. Also, the color of it is a little different. It tends to look like it is a little "greenish" kind of gray. I don't want to think that I've bought a knock off from a big outdoor store. Please help.

  • Azila - 11 . 12 . 2016

    OG Key Folding Knife KEY-101 - 1.5" Blade, Black Stainless Steel Handle

    I found this key knife flagged as a #1 best seller on Amazon sold by Aliguo. There are a couple of reviewers claiming these are fake reportedly made in Taiwan. Shipping will take more than a month, so I'm guessing it's shipping from Asia. Could you advise if this Amazon listing is fake ? And do all the black key knives have a black blade? Where are SOG key knives made?

  • Tyler - 01 . 16 . 2017

    Are SOG knives on amazon legit? I am looking at one from the SOG Specialty Knives store. Specifically SOG Fielder Assisted Folding Knife FF3002-CP - Satin Polished 3.5" Blade, G10 & Aluminum Handle

  • Matthew Thacker - 01 . 31 . 2017

    If you have to look real real hard to tell a fake, then the fake might be just as good as the original. Remember a lot of the brand name production knives are made in the very factories the clones are with the same materials. I have a couple that just as nice as the original and tough as nails. Everybody says you get what you pay for but I don't want to pay for more than I get. In this day when the American dream is dead, I have to save every dime I can.

  • Bradley Udziela - 02 . 13 . 2017

    I bought a pack of three SOG throwing knives. They just have "SOG" stamped in the handles.
    Are they real SOGs? I can't find them in your website.

  • Paul - 02 . 23 . 2017

    Bought a seal pup m37n-cp from Amazon said seller was sog. The sheath has plastic snaps with sog skull instead of the plain aluminum ones that are shown in your website. There is also no made in mark on the blade. Is it take it is it just a mishap?