So I’m super bummed cause it turns out the A-RT Grail I received recently turned out to be fake. Thing is, it’s super hard to tell without having an authentic one to compare it to. I was throwing it and something about it seemed a lil off, but I couldn’t quite place what exactly it was. So, I grabbed my authentic Grail and compared it side by side, and found a couple differences that everyone should be aware of so they know what to look out for. As you can see in the pictures I’ve taken below, here is how to spot a fake one (the gold one on the left is the authentic one): the diameter is ever so slightly smaller, the rim edges are sharper and less rounded, and the undercut in the gap is sharper and more pronounced. The other major difference is that the finish is not the typical pyramatte finish found on authentic Grails.
I reached out to Jensen on Instagram and he confirmed that the one I received is fake, and even made a PSA on the A-RT Insta about it using the photos I provided.
Tried doing some research on this and couldn’t find anything, so I figured I would make a PSA to let others know to be SUPER careful when purchasing Grails in the wild from here on out. Ask for very detailed pics and make sure none of the aforementioned features of a fake are present. It honestly is really hard to tell when buying online, when all you have are pictures, especially when the differences between authentic and non-authentic are so subtle. I genuinely don’t believe the guy who sold it to me even knew it wasn’t real. If I ended up with a fake one, I know there are others out there. Stay safe out there kids.