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Question on traditional Italian stiletto switch-blades

DrZero May 24, 2019

  1. DrZero

    DrZero Little member

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    I was visiting a friend who had a very nice, Italian made stiletto on his desk as sort of an ornament. It was a large knife, the blade was about 5" and had the traditional bayonet blade shape to it. Very much the classic old-school knife that you think of when someone says "a switchblade".

    He's the sort of guy who researches everything, and so it had the maker's name on it, it was not a generic product.

    What I found odd about it was that the blade had a false edge, not a sharpened one. My friend told me that this was the original traditional design for this type of knife.

    Can anyone confirm this, it's something I've never heard before. I wonder if the guy selling these knifes was just bullshitting my friend.

    This is a picture a snagged off the picture thread, of generically the sort of knife I'm talking about. It was
    a larger knife, like the one on top, but had the bayonet grind like the botttom one pictured below.

    I have a copule of these I ordered from Italy 20 years ago, and they are not nearly as nicely made as his was, but they do have sharp blades, not unsharpened ones.

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  2. DrZero

    DrZero Little member

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  3. BowtownBlade

    BowtownBlade Brigade Member Brigade Member

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    I have a few Italian knives, all mine have the false edge.
     
  4. BennytheBlade

    BennytheBlade Fate is Inexorable JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    these style of knives were based on the stiletto
    they were stabbing weapons and not intended for slashing.
     
  5. Samb

    Samb Average Member

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    A latama is worth some money. Make a post and some pictures on talk blade.info and you're going to get schooled.
     
  6. fastr19

    fastr19 Brigade Member Brigade Member

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    These are all Latamas from the late 40's to early 50's. Walter Halucha obtained the rights to the name and now is making contemporary versions of the knife. His are quality as are the originals.
    latama drawer.JPG
     
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  7. piksto

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    sorry wrong thread
     
    Last edited: May 30, 2019
  8. crogers

    crogers Magnus advocatus diaboli Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    All I'm seeing is broken pic links. If I click on it, it wants me to sign in to AOL. I haven't had a password to them for over 20 years. :bwah:
     
  9. piksto

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    yeah sorry I posted those in the wrong thread
     

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