By way of definition, a counterfeit Cold Steel product is a cheaply produced, poorly manufactured copy that is being sold as the genuine article. These products are, naturally, not covered by the Cold Steel warranty.
These are sub-standard knock-offs and they damage Cold Steel's reputation immeasurably!
These products are not only illegal, but they are very dangerous! For example, when you purchase a counterfeit backpack, it may fall to pieces because of shoddy workmanship - leaving you, the consumer, footing the bill. However, if a knife fails because of poor workmanship, you could end up being terribly injured or - at worse - dead, if you were relying on it for self defense!
Be especially wary, because these items are being sold in fake Cold Steel boxes and are stamped or etched with fake Cold Steel brand logos.
(photos; Cold Steel)
The counterfeit Cold Steel AK-47 lacks the full knurling found on the genuine AK-47 handle, and has a recessed grove under the AK-47 branding that is not on the genuine AK-47.
Note the counterfeit Cold Steel branded box.
Comparison of the reverse side of counterfeit Cold Steel AK-47 knife and the authentic AK-47.
The differences are quite apparent. The fake lacks knurling on the handle, and Cold Steel branding on the clip.
Counterfeit Cold Steel AK-47 knife with Cold Steel branding and counterfeit box.