It Turned Out To Be Fake!
Yep …I got scammed again.
Truthfully, I knew what I was getting myself into.
And, even more truthfully, I knew it was fake before I bought it.
I’m talking about this:
Yes, you got it, I managed to get my hands on a fake HangKey (you can, of course, buy the genuine one here).
I’m sure you can tell which on is fake in the above photo, right?
In case you can’t…
It’s the one at the back that has no beveling, no machining of the outside, a raw-look and a poor finish on the flat surfaces …oh, and it might not even be Grade 5 Titanium – it feels a lot more “bendy” than it should. And, predictably, this fake version was way cheaper than the real HangKey.
In fact, I can’t even produce my own original HangKey for less than the fake one is being sold for.
Now, I’m not having a rant or anything. Nope. There is a reason I’m showing you this.
And here’s why:
By comparing my own HangKey to this “wannabe” HangKey it’s a fantastic opportunity to show you what it takes to make a HangKey.
The best part about this fake HangKey is that they got the shape right. Good job on their part. Because, if there is a part they needed to get right, it’s the shape (because I spent a LOT of time developing that shape).
However, even though they got the shape right, it all kind of went downhill from there. They seem to have just given up.
…they left raw cutting marks and never CNC machined around the outside (so it looks damn rough!)
…they never did any beveling (which means it’s going to wear away the edge of your pocket!)
…they never prepared the surface of the titanium before cutting (the surface has a rough, sanded feel to it!)
…it’s around 20% larger than the original (this is weird because I provide the exact dimensions on my website!)
And this is the most frustrating part:
They did a poor job of ripping me off.
I’d much prefer if they had put more effort into it (yeah, I know, that probably sounds weird).
But here’s “the big secret”…
All the parts of production they missed out were the most difficult and most expensive (wow, what a coincidence! :-P).
The titanium itself is not the most expensive part …and the cutting is relatively cheap too.
But the preparation of the titanium sheet, the cnc-machining, the beveling and the tumbling …this is what separates the “wannabes” from people who do it right.
All these additional processes involved in the production of a genuine HangKey is where the hidden efforts and hidden costs are.
In other words…
It’s only possible for these people to sell their fake HangKey for such a cheap price because they only do the cheap and easy parts of the production process. It’s the only way they can sell it for such a low-ball price.
These people know, for sure, if they even attempted to produce an exact copy of the HangKey (including cnc-machining, beveling, etc.) …then it would cost them 5x …or 10x …or even more than what it currently does with their minimal efforts.
I feel sorry for people who manage to discover the fake HangKey before finding the genuine thing. They’re getting an inferior product. And that bothers me.
On the plus side… once they eventually discover the real HangKey …they’ll hopefully realise the value in investing in the genuine article. 🙂
Oh, one last thing…
A big THANK YOU to those of you who emailed me to highlight the fake HangKey (I received a number of emails within a period of a few days).