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Is this Scientist authentic? 630

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Is this Scientist authentic?
« on: March 08, 2020, 09:58:58 PM »
The threads concerning fake SAKs have been interesting, and made me realize how vulnerable a lot of us are (me) in buying SAKs online, such as the big auction site.  I bought this Scientist on the site last year for what seemed like a reasonable price.  Is there a way to tell if it is authentic?  What about if it is a mod?  If I pulled the scales off, I would be able to tell if it was a mod, but I don't want to do that if it is authentic, as it will harm it value-wise.  Hmmmmm.  I would appreciate any comments from anyone more knowledgeable than I am.  Here are some photos of it.  You can click on these photos to see a larger size photo.
No Life Club Posts: 1,395
Re: Is this Scientist authentic?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2020, 10:15:43 PM »
This is authentic  :tu: Enjoy four find!  :hatsoff:
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Re: Is this Scientist authentic?
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2020, 10:19:38 PM »
I’d say it’s just a very clean, original Scientist.  :like:

Any old, dry oil present? Is the snap ‘soft’ like some NOS gets from gummy oil? How’s the blade wiggle? Amateur modders (myself included) often get the tightness wrong after peening.

Take a loupe and inspect the edge where the Cellidor and outer scales meet. Are there gaps? Are there any knocks or scratches that don’t line up across both, as you’d expect with an original old SAK?

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Re: Is this Scientist authentic?
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2020, 10:46:59 PM »
Thanks for the replies so far ddogu and Max.  Max, regarding dry oil, I don't remember, as I always clean and lube any new knife right away.  The snap is excellent on all the tools.  No blade wiggle.  No gaps between the outer liners and the Cellidor scales.  No knocks or scratches that are significant.  I guess I got pretty lucky!
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Re: Is this Scientist authentic?
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2020, 11:17:35 PM »
Enjoy! I’ll have to make my own...  :whistle:

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No Life Club Posts: 2,357
Re: Is this Scientist authentic?
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2020, 04:47:50 PM »
I don’t see any details that suggest a fake. I’d have to have the knife in hand or very very detailed pics to spot any tells of a good build/mod.

Odds are that it’s real. Since the parts look clean, I don’t see how any modder could make money by building fake scientists. Mint donors required for s build aren’t cheap. So I suggest you don’t worry about it and enjoy the knife you have.

For anybody who wants to guarantee a real one, the only ones to buy are MIB with the correct label. They’re still available and not really that rare IMO. I don’t own one and haven’t built any and have no plans to do either.

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Re: Is this Scientist authentic?
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2020, 07:05:21 PM »
Thanks Kamakiri.  I agree that it would be tough to mod a new looking one and make money at the price I paid.  I was actually thinking of modding one when I ran across this one for sale.  A quick calculation showed me that I'd be better off buying this one than doing a mod with mint donors, even if it was going to be a user.  (Once I got it, however, I decided not to use it as I saw other scientists going for a lot more money... still trying to figure that one out.)
No Life Club Posts: 1,687
Re: Is this Scientist authentic?
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2020, 02:28:00 AM »
Looks completely legit to me too, jph.  I have four of these and can't spot any irregularities.  Yours looks to be one of the later productions as it has the straight pin scales. 

Congrats on your find!

Edit to add a link to the Scientist Club thread, which you should now definitely join!        :)

https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,77658.0.html

Edit to my edit: I see you're already a member with this very knife!  Double congrats!
« Last Edit: March 10, 2020, 02:46:40 AM by Myron »
Full Member Posts: 113
Re: Is this Scientist authentic?
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2020, 06:38:53 PM »
Thanks for the feedback, Myron.   :salute:
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Re: Is this Scientist authentic?
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2020, 01:39:54 AM »
I don’t see any details that suggest a fake. I’d have to have the knife in hand or very very detailed pics to spot any tells of a good build/mod.

 :iagree:

 

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