Walt Disney used to paint camouflage-patterns on German helmets in his spare time in France...True story!
It is not the size of a Collection in History that matters......Its the size of your Passion for it!! - Larry C
One never knows what tree roots push to the surface of what laid buried before the tree was planted - Larry C
“The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” - Winston Churchill
Get rid of them all you want they will always be around have been since I was a kid collector early 60's and I see more of them today than ever lost cause. FB and others said it best just know what you are looking at and it can help. timothy
The fakers are not going anywhere. It is clear they are becoming much more clever. They are more than likely reading this very thread. The access to such experienced, qualified and generous persons as found only here and a personal commitment are all that is needed. As with anything in life effort brings reward. I often feel fortunate to participate in the conversation with the members here.
I have given away many fake items, mainly SS cloth, to younger collectors so they could study them.
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After years of collecting in a completely different hobby (also somewhat prone to fakes) I bought a punch set and assemble a small punch that stamps a small "Repro". I have only used it once in this hobby to stamp a wound badge. From there I usually sell them to reenactors. I see no need to destroy fakes or repros when there are a whole slew of reenactors that will buy them up. Small punch sets can be purchased from places like Harbor Freight.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
On a personal and lighter note I enjoy the challenge and education in identifying fakes. It is one of my big draws to this hobby as I find thrill in the chase! Great risk at times yields defeat, but there is nothing like the reward of picking out the one authentic piece in a pile of fakes using nothing but know how