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Issue #8 April 2010 (Update January 2012)
Determining Helmet Authenticity
Okay, I know you guys are wondering what the heck does the picture of me with the Mandolin have to do with Authenticity. Well, nothing but one of my favorite hobbies right behind helmet collecting is playing the Mandolin, Bluegrass style of course. We all live in a crazy fast moving World and you have to have some way of blowing off steam. My favorite way to cut loose is playing Bluegrass music with the fellows and knocking down a couple of my favorite German Pilsner Beers, Warsteiner. Here's a clip of me and the fellows on Youtube.com. Give it a spin. For those of you outside the US and are curious about this genre of music, give it a play. It may as we say here in the South, Edge-u-mah-cate you to the Bluegrass sound.
Determining authenticity of helmets has been a major point of discussion over the last several years. With the ever growing industry of helmet faking, it pays to stay one step ahead of these clowns that produce the various fakes. I wanted to give this one an update. It appears that the XRF technology just has too many holes in it to hold water as we say here in the South. I never endorsed this service nor did I ever feel compelled to have my helmets blessed by the folks at XRF. I did blog about the service as it did seem to offer another tool in the arsenal against the fakes, but at this point, I would recommend looking into advanced magnification. I have spent quite a bit of time using the USB microscope and high magnification is much more reliable than XRF technology.
The USB microscope comes in handy not only for decals, but also for assessing camouflaged helmets and other elements. You can pick up one of these for around $75-100 on Amazon.com and let me tell you, it's the best $75-100 you will ever spend. Now, it's not just about the USB microscope. You have to learn what you are looking at and develop a eye for what you should see. I can tell you that the differences between the real and the fake are night and day at high magnification. Guys, bottom line here, this isn't rocket science. Develop your skills with a good jewelers loupe, the USB microscope, & with general experience.
Until next time, happy hunting!
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