The exclusive UK distributor of Global Knives has reiterated calls from the brand’s owner to be wary of counterfeit knives circulating the market.
I.Grunwerg Ltd, the Sheffield light equipment supplier that acts as Global’s sole distribution agent in the UK, stressed that if any Global stockiest or dealer was concerned about the legitimacy of a knife then it would do its outmost to support them and help verify if it is a genuine product or not.
“Our message to chefs and end-users is to only buy their Global and other branded knives from reputable and authorised dealers – if in doubt, to check with us, so that we can verify them,” said the company’s marketing manager Hannah Lane.
As reported on Catering Insight last week, a recent feature on the BBC’s Fake Britain programme drew attention to the sale of replica Global knives in the UK market.
The popularity of the Japanese knife brand among consumers in addition to professionals – it is sold by a number of leading retailers – is thought to have made it more attractive for counterfeiters to target the UK.
Global’s manufacturer, Yoshikin, said fraudsters were using sophisticated techniques to pass the item off as the real thing, even reproducing its Dot Pattern trademarks on the handles.
Grunwerg’s Lane says the catering industry needs to take counterfeiting seriously and anybody with suspicions that a product is not genuine should alert the authorities.
“Our message to all our customers is not to touch any suspect supplies of knives and not to trade in counterfeit ones, and if they know of any such activities, to report them immediately to local police or trading standards offices,” she said.