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Not a genuine Hario
on April 14, 2014
My order was filled by Update Products International. While it looks like a decent copy, it IS a copy. There is not one single marking on the entire product to indicate that it's a Hario. Every picture I've seen of these show Hario stamped all over the product. There are many key differences from what is pictured and what was sent to me. The top nut is shaped differently, the key that locks the adjustment gear in place only has one leg instead of 2, there is no hopper cover, the glass grind catcher doesn't have ribs on it, the burrs are white and have chips taken out of them. This was supposed to be a new item... To see what this item should look like, go check it out at Sweet Marias. It's $12 more there, but most likely you would get what you paid for. I'm uploading some pictures of what I got as a warning to future buyers.
EDIT: ON 1/15/16 I ORDERED ANOTHER ONE FROM AMAZON. I MADE SURE TO CHOOSE A SELLER WHO WAS AMAZON AND FULFILLED BY AMAZON. I GOT EXACTLY WHAT I EXPECTED. A GENUINE HARIO SKERTON WITH ALL ACCESSORIES. I'M VERY PLEASED NOW. FOR EVERYONE READING THIS REVIEW - MAKE SURE TO ORDER FROM THE AMAZON SELLER/FULFILLED BY AMAZON. As for the grinder itself. I will definitely be modding the lower bearing, as there is a ton of wobble/play in the shaft as you grind, causing inconsistencies. I'll order from Orphan Espresso since there is only one other bearing kit sold on amazon and it doesn't include the washer replacement and OE went through the trouble of creating a very good tutorial video on the mod.