Interesting, I didn't know about the extra characters.jayinhk wrote: Very often the knockoffs have the extra characters along with the Yixing China stamp. They try to fake higher value pots. Apparently some of the knockoff F1 duanni pots are actually made with good clay as they sell at quite the premium on the mainland market!
Yixing 'imitation' has been going on for centuries. Imitating F1 is the natural next step in that progression, especially in a place where intellectual property rights have just caught on.
There's fake pots and then there's replicas right? For example, I have a 90's hong ni shuiping that's a commissioned replica of a 70's pot and sold as that (from a reputable vendor.) But what if it was sold as from the 70's?