Is this a real winchester or a knockoff?

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Is this a real winchester or a knockoff?

Post by Vinball » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:45 am

Hello there! New member here and i’m just getting into knives.
Recently picked this knife up from a car swap meet.
Thought it looked interesting and it felt sturdy and very well made, no play in any of the Moving parts. Then when i came home i thought id do some research on the knife but i cant seem to find any picture or thread or anything about this knife.
So my Question is, did i buy a ”good quality” (or good feel) knockoff, or did a buy a somewhat rare winchester, oooor, am i just really bad at finding stuff on Google?
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Re: Is this a real winchester or a knockoff?

Post by Gunsil » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:09 am

That would depend on what you call a "real Winchester" The "real" Winchester Cutlery Co to many was only in existence from 1919-1942 and those are the only ones actually made by Winchester in their own factory. Naturally, your knife is not one of those. With the advent of knife collecting and the Winchester name being famous and their original knives being sought after but scarce fakes have been made, usually in Germany. Then there are the Winchester approved knives which are not made by Winchester but made "for" them by other cutlery companies, and then there are the complete "knock-offs" marked Winchester made without company consent. I am sure there are folks here who collect the later "Winchesters" who will be able to tell you whether your knife is an "approved" one or a knockoff.

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Re: Is this a real winchester or a knockoff?

Post by Sharpnshinyknives » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:46 am

Vinball wrote:Hello there! New member here and i’m just getting into knives.
Recently picked this knife up from a car swap meet.
Thought it looked interesting and it felt sturdy and very well made, no play in any of the Moving parts. Then when i came home i thought id do some research on the knife but i cant seem to find any picture or thread or anything about this knife.
So my Question is, did i buy a ”good quality” (or good feel) knockoff, or did a buy a somewhat rare winchester, oooor, am i just really bad at finding stuff on Google?

Welcome to the forum. I am pretty sure that is a Chinese made Winchester. Surprised it doesn’t say China on it somewhere. Maybe they put that on the box.
Check on Ebay for this “Winchester lockback knife”.
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Re: Is this a real winchester or a knockoff?

Post by Vinball » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:10 pm

Well thats a Shame, waste of money. But hey atleast its still sharp, guess it would make a good boxcutter :D

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Re: Is this a real winchester or a knockoff?

Post by doglegg » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:41 pm

Vinball, just put it in your pocket and cut something with it. Treat it like a knife you meant to use and enjoy it. And welcome to AAPK. ::tu::

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Re: Is this a real winchester or a knockoff?

Post by terryl308 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:00 pm

Welcome to aapk and knife collecting. I am not an expert on old Winchester Knives but most of the Chinese made copies did have a "china" etched on them some place on the tang, BUT- it wore off pretty easy and if it was there, you maynot be able to see it. Some of the currently made Chinese knives have pretty good quality, so I would just use it. Personally I don't buy any Winchester knives because there are so many copies, fakes, and etc. and I don't know enough about them to tell what they are. My advise to new collectors of anything, is to buy books and do the research. ::handshake:: Terry
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Re: Is this a real winchester or a knockoff?

Post by Vinball » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:19 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome!
The knife feels good and does seem to hold an edge pretty well, i will use it on a daily basis and who knows, it might outlive me!

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Re: Is this a real winchester or a knockoff?

Post by edge213 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:25 pm

Welcome to AAPK, and that is a Chinese made knife.
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Re: Is this a real winchester or a knockoff?

Post by cody6268 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:37 pm

Definitely constructed of better materials and workmanship than the Carolina Knife and Tool Winchesters you'll see at a lot of stores around Christmas. They're not sharp and neither can you sharpen them--the steel is BAD! Likely predates that by a few years. The Bluegrass Cutlery Winchesters (USA and Chinese) look good as well.

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Re: Is this a real winchester or a knockoff?

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:44 pm

There are many knives which are lightly etched "China" on the blades and the owners polish the etching off in hopes of increasing their value.
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