Winchester Stag Copperhead

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Winchester Stag Copperhead

Post by Desert Golfer » Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:43 pm

Mailman brought me this knife today. No model number or manufacture date on tangs. Just Winchester Trademark, Made in USA. Says "Steel" faintly just under USA. This is the only Winchester Stag Copperhead I have ever saw. Is it real or counterfeit?
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Re: Winchester Stag Copperhead

Post by Gunsil » Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:05 pm

I am no expert on the modern "Winchester" knives, but that one just does not look good to me.

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Re: Winchester Stag Copperhead

Post by kootenay joe » Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:39 pm

It looks cold stamped (raised edges around the letters) and the knife looks like it is made in Pakistan or maybe low end of China manufacture. The bone handles on it are never seen on a USA made knife.
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Re: Winchester Stag Copperhead

Post by Mumbleypeg » Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:00 pm

I agree, looks cold stamped (the STEEL stamp looks to me like part of whatever was there previously). There are probably more counterfeit and reproduction Winchesters around than there are honest old ones. Because of that I very rarely spend money on a Winchester. If they look new, they probably are, and the OP knife certainly doesn’t look like an honest old knife, of any brand.

If you like “reproductions” there are a lot of the made-for-Bluegrass Cutlery versions around. Be aware that many of them are not patterns originally made by Winchester. Some folks collect them. And then there are still the counterfeits to watch out for.

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Re: Winchester Stag Copperhead

Post by Desert Golfer » Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:56 pm

Thanks Guys for your expert input. I am returning this knife for a refund. Mike

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Re: Winchester Stag Copperhead

Post by Mumbleypeg » Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:31 am

If you’re going to collect Winchester, I recommend getting some good reference books and study the brand thoroughly. Winchester is a very challenging brand to collect, for reasons already stated above. Can be very rewarding but the field is thick with mines and traps for the unwary. ::nod::

You can become a resident Winchester expert! ::tu::

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Re: Winchester Stag Copperhead

Post by tallguy606 » Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:41 pm

I have a knife exactly like this but with blue scales. Got it at a pawnshop for a few bucks, got home and looked at it closer, says Pakistan. Surprisingly nicely made, hard blade snap.

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