buddyie22 wrote:Need edumacated. What is a cold stamp,and what other stamps are there,and what is the difference between stamps?
A cold stamp is done by clamping the blade in a fixture and apply in the stamp while the metal is cold. The resulting marking will generally have some metal extruded (slightly raised area) around the letters or markings. This is caused by the metal not being heated when the stamp was applied, hence the name "cold" stamp. Some counterfeiters will file or buff to try to remove the extruded area. Also, on a cold stamp the stamp's color will appear uniform, like the OP knife example. A normal legitimate stamp typically appears black inside the stamp. Some counterfeiters will apply paint inside the letters in an attempt to make the marks look black. Which of course wears off with time.
As for differences between stamps, you can go to the tang stamps section here and look at the various Keen Kutter examples. You could also find examples by doing a search for Keen Kutter to see the knives on AAPK.
Edit: sorry, looks like ther aren't any Keen Kutter examples in the tang stamps section. Should have looked before I jumped out there!
I'll see what I can find, and post them.