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Old 02-20-2012, 09:02 AM
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How do the Chinese manufactured knives from Taylor Brands, LLC which are labeled "Official Licensee of Smith & Wesson" fit into the whole scheme of things? I got a "S&W SS Shooter Knife, Non-Serrated" from one of the big distributors. It appears to be all stainless except for the golden colored S&W logo, about like a pistol grip monogram which is affixed to one side near the hinge. There are Smith & Wesson logos all over the box, the warrenty/ instruction sheet and the knife itself, so I assume they must have been at least approved by S&W, but what is the real connection?

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The "whole scheme of things' is that Taylor is a S&W licensee to produce knives with the S&W logo, etc. However this effort has resulted in a flood of such knives in the market, some of which were not selected by S&W management for official S&W distribution, although they carry the S&W markings. Taylor submits multiple knife styles to S&W for selection of approved knives. Many of the knives not selected, then make their way to the aftermarket distributors. A serious collector of S&W approved knives faces a real challenge in ferreting out "real" S&W knives from the many variations on the market, as frequent personnel changes in the licensing unit at S&W over the last few years ,with no emphasis on record keeping, leaves authentication as a perilous exercise. Ed.
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I got a "S&W SS Shooter Knife
Me too!!



I bought it off the S&W web site several years ago, just before they were discontinued.

I've carried it daily ever since. Mine has a small S&W log on the pocket clip along with Stewart A. Taylor and Sons. The blade is marked Smith & Wesson U.S.A.

One of the most usefull knives I've ever owed.
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Mine looks just like that, JH, but it has no pocket clip nor provision for one. It rides in my briefcase.

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