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Old 06-20-2020, 02:53 PM   #1
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Hand made Italian knife.

I recently got a new switchblade, and on the ricasso it is marked:

STILETTO
ITALY


I check it out to make sure it was the real deal. Yup, it was hand made by Sicilian craftsman.

For example, the spine of the knife has the traditional drilled tab which locks onto the circular pin just in front of the ricasso. The spine and the tab are crooked.

The stamp on the ricasso is not correct. The overall design is "bayonet," not "stiletto."

Not all of the brass pins are the same size, nor are they uniformly tapped into the grips.

The left side hilt will not "mate" with the right side one.

The tip of the blade is "pointy," but the edge is only 'factory sharp.'

The grips are not uniform in thickness--and I mean by a mile!

For the American market, the ricasso is stamped "Italy," not the correct vintage of 'Sicily.'

The activation spring is the only element hand assembled and pre-set.

Oh, I am thrilled to the max! All of these defects and shortcomings prove beyond a doubt that this switchblade stiletto is the real-deal, and carefully hand assembled by elite Sicilian craftsmen! In fact, the tab of the spine spring is even ground crooked! The left side is proud and the right side is thin!

The activation is sharp and crisp. Hitting the go-button makes that two-tone snapping noise (siss-siss, tack) that every blade head will recognize.

I find these knives have an elegance about them I cannot describe. The man who made this knife wanted me to survive. I've popped a few open in my youth, but never bloodied one. I consider that a job well done.

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In regard to those Italian stiletto's, I sold my entire collection of them, about eight or so after I received my first US made auto.

Once I examined a "quality" auto made in the USA, those loosey-goosey I-tie offerings seemed like junk when compared to a MicroTech, Benchmade or Gerber auto.

I suppose they are popular with the street punk crowd who don't know the difference, just gloming onto the 'wicked look' of the silly things. The blade steel of the ones I examined were of very low quality also, not to mention loose lockup and questionable "safety" that is 'sometimes' effective. Even outfits like BladeHQ clearly state that these things are really just for looks for collections, and not for actual use for anything serious.

Do they look 'cool'? Yes. Are they useful/practical? Guess it depends on who you are.
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When you met Aunt Jemima, did she mention using an Italian stiletto to slice her pancakes?
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Originally Posted by ChattanoogaPhil View Post
When you met Aunt Jemima, did she mention using an Italian stiletto to slice her pancakes?
Him meeting Aunt Jemima was a real miracle since she died in a car accident in September 1923.
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Originally Posted by Rick in Oregon View Post
In regard to those Italian stiletto's, I sold my entire collection of them, about eight or so after I received my first US made auto.

Once I examined a "quality" auto made in the USA, those loosey-goosey I-tie offerings seemed like junk when compared to a MicroTech, Benchmade or Gerber auto.

I suppose they are popular with the street punk crowd who don't know the difference, just gloming onto the 'wicked look' of the silly things. The blade steel of the ones I examined were of very low quality also, not to mention loose lockup and questionable "safety" that is 'sometimes' effective. Even outfits like BladeHQ clearly state that these things are really just for looks for collections, and not for actual use for anything serious.

Do they look 'cool'? Yes. Are they useful/practical? Guess it depends on who you are.


Whoa Rick, he could still use one of those crappy Italian jobs to tear in half his SubWay sandwich...
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No pics... but I do solemnly swear I have an Italian stiletto, really I do. Me and Aunt Jemima are BFF.
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With all those defects and sloppy fit and finish I wonder if they were assembled by EX - Solo craftsmen.
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Are they useful/practical? Guess it depends on who you are.
I find that there's a wide spectrum when it comes to automatic knives. For example, you can find one for 24 bucks.

I have automatic stilettos that are still going strong after 20 years. I keep them clean and lubed, and I store them in the "open position." That way there is less stress on the spring.

Obviously, the knives I carry the most often have levers or buttons near the pivot and open quite quickly with practice. One of my oldest automatic folders is the Boker Automatic Kalashnikov 74, and it activates just as snappy as new.

Lots of folks rant on stilettos. However, in trying to defend yourself you are more apt to stab than slash.
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Those Boker AK-74's are a great value. Got one for me, and their mini for my wife. Both still going strong.

As for stiletto's, here's one on sale right now at BHQ for $99; no experience with this one, but it sure looks like a decent offering. And CRKT is a recognized brand.



For the price, may just have to snag one of these, 'just 'cause'.
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