Since 2017-10-04, Fällkniven uses HiddenTag® hologram labels to enable our customers to ensure that they have purchased a genuine Fällkniven product. The label is placed on the outside of all our knife boxes. (Not on sharpeners and other accessories)
This means that during a transitional period both the new and the old label will be in circulation. Due to security risks, it is not possible to send out loose labels to the old boxes. The boxes that are already in stock at, for example, resellers and distributors, will not have these new labels.
Each HiddenTag® hologram label acts as a digital code that can be scanned using a smart device, for example a smartphone with the HiddenTag® app. The label contains a variety of unique hidden information that ensures the knife’s authenticity and is extremely difficult to copy.
View the instructions below for how to use the HiddenTag app:
- Download HiddenTag® from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) by clicking the links below or by searching the app in your current app store and start the HiddenTag® app.
- Click on “HiddenTag Scan”
- Enter type of label at the bottom of the screen. Choose “Wide type” (rectangular). Hold the smart device over the label and fit it into the box that appears on the screen. The app automatically scans the label when it is in focus.
- That’s it! Now the label is scanned and you will be forwarded to a page where you will be assured that you have purchased a genuine product from Fällkniven.
Problem with scanning the label?
Then maybe you are holding the smart device either too close or too far from the code. Try to bring your smart device closer or farther away from the label for better results.
What do I do if the app says that the product is a possible counterfeit?
If you scan a HiddenTag label and it tells you that there is a suspicion that the product is a counterfeit, please contact CK & B (HiddenTag) or Fällkniven AB for further information.
Chinese made copies of the original Fällkniven models
How can you tell the difference between an original Fällkniven knife and a chinese copy? Below you will find a series of pictures that explains the differences between an original and a copy. These are the four original Fällkniven models that unfortunately are out on the market as counterfeit copies; F1, A1, WM1 and TK3.
F1 (click on the photos to enlarge):
TK3 (click on the photos to enlarge):
For an untrained eye at a non-experienced customer, it is pretty difficult to understand if you are buying an original or a Chinese made counterfeit. When the knife copies are sold in boxes which are copied exactly to the final detail, then it should be almost impossible for a customer to tell what’s right or wrong.
However, since Summer 2013 and up to October 2017, some of our boxes have got a holographic label put on the front of the box, a grey label which look alike our logo but with a background text in holographic technique which says “Original”. This label is NOT available on Chinese made boxes. The boxes that have the holographic label are: F1z, F1L, F1zLeft, F1z3G, F1L3G, F1z3GLeft, A1z, A1zLeft, WM1z, WM1L, WM1z3G och WM1L3G.
Please note! These holographic labels have now been replaced with the HiddenTag labels that are mentioned at the top of this page.
Light brown inside
Our boxes for these three knives are light brown inside while the Chinese boxes are just as white as the outside. Note that the “white inside trick” does not cover the NL-series nor the A1 with leather sheath as they have white inside. But till this date we have never seen other copies than F1L, F1z, A1z and very few WM1z.
All our boxes are today labeled with an EAN label, according to EAN specifications. Either printed or a sticker. This applies to products purchased from us, or our distributors and agents. EAN labels must be applied to retail products in such a way that the bar-code symbol can be read by a scanner.
Too low price -> warning bell
Another sign for fraud is the price, these copies (F1, A1 and WM1) are usually sold at a fraction of the original price and so should a warning bell ring if the price is extremely attractive. What might make it more complicated is if the selling deceiver raise the price to the level of the original or very close to that, since that won’t bring any warning bell to ring. Yesterday we received such a case from a sorry, cheated US customer who had paid USD 136.00 for an F1 when the Chinese quote is USD 12.00, free freight all around the world.
Flat ground vs convex ground
All counterfeit knives are flat ground and the edge is a traditional secondary, so called factory edge. The original knives are all convex ground but this is a technical term which the average buyer might not know about. See the picture above which will easily inform about the difference between a flat ground and a convex ground blade.
All our knives are made in clad (laminate) steel, with no problem you are able to see the lamination line close to the edge. Some illegal Chinese knife manufacturers – but not everyone – have tried to imitate that by etching such a line along the edge and that might be difficult for the inexperienced to understand.
Low quality steel
We have controlled the steel in two F1 and one A1 knife made in China, this test is made by a large Swedish, by SWEDAC accredited test laboratory, the LKAB/MetLab. The conclusion from this examination is that the Chinese copies are made in a poor or fairly poor stainless steel and far away from the original models with regards to toughness and edge retention.
Never buy from private persons, always from well known sources like hunting stores and well established internet dealers.
Actions taken against counterfeit sellers and importers
A police action with participation of a detective working on behalf of Fallkniven took place on October 21st 2020 in the south of Poland. The action was aimed at one of the military stores in the city that was selling counterfeit Fallkniven knives. During the police search, counterfeit knives were secured. It is currently being determined how many counterfeit knives may have been sold earlier. The shop owner is threatened with severe financial penalties and even imprisonment; it all depends on his cooperation with the police. Selling counterfeit products in most countries of the world is a crime. It is also cheating unaware customers.
The selling of counterfeit products is a global problem that causes huge financial losses for companies around the world every year. Both in sales and in the expensive processes of working against these counterfeit producers. Before making a purchase, do your research and think one extra time. Especially if the price appears to be too good to be true.
Long story short, don’t gamble with counterfeit knives!