What’s your stance on knockoff tools?
Shown above are fake NWS pliers by “SMU.” The way NWS styles their brand name, “SMU” is a near-perfect representation of NWS flipped upside down.
Features of the knock-off pliers include “plum blossom hole clamping nut and other parts,” and “eccentric and labor-saving design.”
Personally, I avoid fake and knockoff tools. If I cannot afford a premium design, I buy something else or I save up.
The Viking Arm has been copied by many online marketplace brands. There are dozens of knock-offs for sale on Amazon, most for a fraction of the price. Are they any good? Most of the real people I’ve heard from said the knockoffs most certainly were not worth it and only incentivized them to buy the real thing.
I often hear about poor quality, poor functionality, non-existent customer service, and complaints about how online images of knockoff tools don’t accurately represent what will actually ship.
Woodpeckers’ 3″ pocket square is $50, and a knockoff on Amazon is $22. Looking at user reviews for the lookalike copy, there are complaints about markings not being accurate, and the heel not being square. Some reviewers mention a different design which has adjustment screws whereas the listing is for a one-piece tool similar to Woodpeckers’.
Some SMU pliers copy the look and colors of NWS and others’ electrically-insulated pliers, but they don’t appear to advertise any high voltage protection. That could be dangerous. Who do you ask when the knockoff brand has no website or customer service?
Knockoff tools are a headache. I steer clear.
What’s your take on fake or knockoff tools?