Originally Posted by Jettison
Passed the fingernail test, but no nose piece engraving. (Can we add these to the lick test/ pinch test/ hermes logo intricacy test.?) Despite wearing glasses every day for 7+ years, not sure what 'quality' glasses feel like. Based of the slight flimsyness I'm erring on the side of fake though.
On all of my Ray Bans (except wayfarers obviously), the nose piece has something similar to this:
Some of mine aren't engraved at the nose bridge, but cheap sunglasses usually have some sort of spiral design where it is crimped to the nose pad.
Another tip off to higher quality/legit glasses are the hinges. Take a look at them on any pair of nice glasses and you'll often see a more complicated hinge mechanism. The cheaper the glasses, the flimsier/softer the hinges.
Whenever I pick up a pair of glasses that are either an unknown maker or suspected fake, I look at the following:
1. Nose pads: As I mentioned, cheap/knock-off glasses often lack a symbol or logo and instead opt for some generic pattern. Normally crimped metal to hold in place on cheap glasses.
2. Hinges: How far does it bend out and pop back in place? If there is a good spring to it, possibly higher quality.
3. Lenses: Knock it with your fingernail. Does it rattle? Is it obviously glass?
4. Weight: How heavy are they? In my experience, heavier glasses reinforce the idea of quality.
5. Added embellishments: Are they glued on or are they real screws that are added?
Of course there are plenty of exceptions to each of these such as titanium or rimless framers, prescription glass lenses in no name frames, etc. In all honesty, if I'm unsure I won't buy them or I'll throw them away. Fakes will sometimes have actual UV protection, but often they're just tinted lenses that allow your eyes to dilate and allow more harmful rays in. Not worth the risk in my opinion for a product that you can often find on sale for reasonable prices.