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 Post subject: Genuine or Fake TB ALC?
PostPosted: 18 Aug 2020, 06:23 
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Hi All,

I've got a second-hand Timo Boll ALC, whose genuinity I've started doubting. If I compare it with my genuine Timo Boll Spirit, there are a few differences:

1) The ALC layers in TB ALC are considerably thicker.
2) The outer Koto layers in TB ALC seem to be of uneven thickness - one is thicker than the other.
3) The silver tag in TB ALC has rougher grain.
4) The TB ALC has a more orange-ish tint and feels softer. The TB Spirit (and also another Zhang Jike ALC I have) seems harder and has a lighter tint.

Also please see attached the photos of both. What do you think? Is the TB ALC genuine or fake?


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PostPosted: 18 Aug 2020, 12:25 
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Could be different "generations".. Then again fake Butterfly blades are very, very common in China.

At least you didn't get one that says "Butefly" on the handle end... :lol:

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The only thing that gives me pause is the serial number font on the bottom right. It looks so correct otherwise.


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It looks genuine to me as well. It can be hard to judge the thickness of plies from the edge, as the cutting & sanding process can affect it.

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Based on the build quality, it looks genuine to me.

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Hi Roll.

Assuming it's the blade you bought from me I can assure you it's genuine [FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY][FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY][FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY] and probably quite an early one. It's had a few local owners-I owned it twice- but I know who the original one was, and he was an agent for one of the major UK retailers.

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thanks, devo. that's reassuring, I wasn't entirely sure though as I own a few other newer generation ALC blades and they all look different


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