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    Default Is this Mitutoyo height gage a counterfeit?

    So the first hint is the price $99 and it was on ebay.

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    There are a few rough grinding marks on the top of the base, but otherwise the quality doesn't seam bad at all.

    What really makes me think it might be fake is the scribe that it came with doesn't reach the surface it's on, unless I'm doing something wrong. It doesn't seam like Mitutoyo to include the wrong scribe, but the scribe has a carbide tip and it, as well as the base came with a plastic like wax protective coating which seams like a weird bit of attention to detail for a fake.

    I can't find a reference to a 520 series of height gages.

    There are some listed for $400-$600 or a bit more, and that I get, and I'd be upset if I had paid that for a fake, but at $99 I don't understand why anyone would bother. The seller was selling multiple of them. It's quite a bit of metal, bigger and sturdier than I expected, and a vernier height gage seams like a really niche market to fake. There couldn't be any profit at that price.

    If it's not fake I'd like to find the right scribe for it, not that I really plan to use it, but I'd like to have it.
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    I looked at your link and the price I saw was much more that your $99. Shipment alone cost $140 and the price for the height gauge $404.

    What you show I don't think is fake but there will be a reason it's so cheap.

    Never forget CAVEAT EMPTOR - especially when used.

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    You saw the $400 one because the $99 was sold, if it is a fake then someone will likely complain about it.

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    I agree with Gordon that it's probably not a fake. I can't imagine there's a huge market for vernier height gages, so there would be no point in coming up with a fake. Maybe a close-up picture of the scribe and clamp might help us help you figure out what your issue is. Mitutoyo uses different clamps and scribes on their electronic digital, dial height gage with digital counter, and vernier height gages. I have a Mitutoyo vernier height gage, and it's scriber will not fit a Mitutoyo dial height gage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SexieWASD View Post
    If it's not fake I'd like to find the right scribe for it, not that I really plan to use it, but I'd like to have it.
    Rather than a scribe I'd mount it with something like this:

    vip-kopi.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon B. Clarke View Post
    Rather than a scribe I'd mount it with something like this:

    vip-kopi.jpg
    Yabut it is soo hard to scribe a good line when the tip keeps moving!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1974 View Post
    Yabut it is soo hard to scribe a good line when the tip keeps moving!
    Sounds like you've tried it.

    Getting serious again I doubt very much the scribe the OP received was the original one.

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    Here are a couple icloud (Apple) links to higher resolution photos

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    Yeah, that scribe does not look original to that one, too. I have both a vernier one and dial one and they both have similar scribes, but are not interchangeable with each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SexieWASD View Post
    Here are a couple icloud (Apple) links to higher resolution photos

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    An afterthought

    Maybe the best and easiest option would be making another clamp that enables the scribe to be fastened lower down? The "new" clamp doesn't even need to have a rectangular hole. A "slot" would suffice.

    clamp1.jpg

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    I'm not concerned enough to actually make an adapter. I've already picked up a 1um dti to use with it, and am looking for a .01mm. The scribe would only be used for quick rough measurement as my indicators live in their boxes when they aren't in use. I was mostly concerned with the gauge being a knock off. It was sold as new, not used and didn't look like the box had been opened before, so the wrong scribe is concerning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SexieWASD View Post
    I'm not concerned enough to actually make an adapter. I've already picked up a 1um dti to use with it, and am looking for a .01mm. The scribe would only be used for quick rough measurement as my indicators live in their boxes when they aren't in use. I was mostly concerned with the gauge being a knock off. It was sold as new, not used and didn't look like the box had been opened before, so the wrong scribe is concerning.
    Naive can be charming but it's not the word I'm thinking if you thought you were getting "new" for $99.

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    I do think I got new, Used is an easy thing to judge. I don't think I got Mitutoyo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SexieWASD View Post
    I do think I got new, Used is an easy thing to judge. I don't think I got Mitutoyo.
    A NEW Chinese 600mm height gauge would cost more than $99.

    Here $160 (minimum) + delivery.

    Make a clamp and problem solved.

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    Judging half-blind by the potato quality pictures I'd say it's a genuine Mitutoyo.

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    Last seen in the 300 catalog, circa 1992.
    520-150 VERNIER HEIGHT GAGE $1,920.00 list at the time.
    Seems legit, just old and no parts available.

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