I wanted to show the Benchmade 950 Rift, one of my favorite knives, and the Ganzo knockoff side-by-side. There are some subtle but important differences between them, including the blade type, steel, scales, design details and overall workmanship. Some of these are visible (blade finish, recessed screws on the Benchmade, thicker blade on the Ganzo).
The Ganzo is slightly thicker and heavier both with the blade and scales. Edges are a bit rougher and lock mechanism has a grittier sound when opening (as with the Benchmade, this will likely disappear with use).
Pricing is of course vastly different. The Ganzo is available for $25. The Benchmade is about $150, if I recall correctly.
This is a bit of dilemma for me. I collect knives not only for their utility, but because I find well-made knives to be incredibly beautiful objects. And though this will likely invite ridicule, there are some knives that I own that will never be used as I would with a less expensive knife. (And to be clear, inexpensive does not equate with poor quality. I throw away or destroy poor quality knives because they are dangerous. )
My beef with Ganzo is they copied the Benchmade. I would be perfectly fine if it were styled differently because it's not a bad knife at all but copying seems like cheating. Kershaw makes some excellent knives and as far as I know, never deliberately cloned someone else's design.