counterfeit prevention

We take our hard work seriously. Always make sure you are buying authentic Microtech® products.

We encounter dozens of counterfeit products each year. Despite their best efforts, these products are grossly inferior to the standards of quality you receive from an authentic Microtech® product. We take pride in the craftsmanship behind every product that leaves our facility, and that means much more than simply making good knives.

Microtech® Knives is a family-owned and operated business. We manufacture and assemble almost every component of our knives in-house, here in the United States. When you purchase authentic Microtech® products, you’re purchasing handcrafted, American-Made tools created by people working in safe, regulated, and clean environments. Our employees receive fair living wages and benefits, enabling them to support themselves and their families.

Counterfeit products offer no such guarantees. In many cases, their only aim is to offer the cheapest product possible. By doing so, not only do you sacrifice quality of the tool itself, you sacrifice any guarantee that these products have been ethically produced.

We don’t make knives to make the most or the cheapest knives. We strive to make the best knives. Our promise is that we won’t compromise on quality in the pursuit of quantity.

We work closely with US Customs agents who report dozens of seizures being imported every year. Unfortunately, they aren’t able to recover every counterfeit product that enters our markets. Using some of the tips below, you can help verify for yourself that you’ve received a genuine Microtech® product.

Purchasing your knives from Authorized Microtech® Dealers is the best way to ensure you’re receiving an authentic Microtech® product. Gun shows, online auction websites, and secondhand markets offer no guarantees of authenticity.

Check for Microtech® registered brand marks. Authentic knives have multiple brand marks laser-etched into them. As part of our quality control process, we ensure logos and markings are clearly printed and aligned on your knife. Production model knives are typically etched with a production date and serial number on the blade. Often times we will include the word-mark “USA” along with the type of steel used for the blade. If something is off-centered, etched in poor quality, or looks to be a different marking entirely, this could be an indication of a counterfeit.

Most of our knives use proprietary hardware. Our tri-wing screws are also a good indicator of authenticity.

Always exercise caution unless you are able to verify that a seller is an Authorized Microtech® Dealer.

For more in-depth information, visit our blog on tips for identifying a counterfeit here.