Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Counterfeit COC Grippers?

A seller on Facebook Marketplace posted a beginner gripper for $5.  At first glance it appeared to be a Captains of Crush (COC) with a unique "P" stamp on the bottom.  I poked around on several forums, but could not find any information.  I went ahead and picked it up, but it felt off in a way I could not describe.

I engaged the grip board and was quickly ridiculed for purchasing a fake gripper.  This was not even a good fake as several others are stamped with actual models produced by IronMind.

Upon closer inspection this fake has the "P" stamp that was never part of the IronMind line up, it is taller than genuine COC, the spring is shiny and the knurling is very different.

It turns out there was a host of knockoffs that were being distributed on eBay and even Amazon.  Now I know what to look for if I purchase any grippers from anybody except IronMind.  There were threads that I discovered on Gripboard, IronMind forum, Reddit and even Facebook.

On a final note, the stiffness is just a little heavier than my Sport gripper and would make a decent tool to keep in the car or at my desk at work.

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