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Why are Italian Stilettos so dull?

AerialMorpho May 26, 2017

  1. AerialMorpho

    AerialMorpho Little Member

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    This just popped into my head for no good reason. I don't even currently own an Italian stiletto, or any stiletto. I have had dozens of them in the past though. Literally dozens, cause I love the look and feel of them. They have no real practicality about them, but they are fun so I collected them when I was a kid. I had all types. From shitty $20 china-made ones, to $150 real Italian-made ones. They all had one thing in common. They came from the dealer dull as hell. Like butter-knife dull. Pathetically dull. Can barely cut paper dull. What is with that? Has anybody ever gotten an Italian bolster-lock stiletto that was actually sharp from the factory? Have I just had astronomically bad luck?

    -Cole
     
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  2. desmodus

    desmodus Arc Sodium Administrator Lady Devil JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Every one I ever had was tennis ball dull too.
     
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  3. Clydetz

    Clydetz Forever straight and true Brigade Member

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    That's so you don't cut yourself.
     
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  4. AerialMorpho

    AerialMorpho Little Member

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    Hahaha or anything else for that matter!
     
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  5. ratstuph

    ratstuph Hoodoo Operator Super Moderator

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    The good/bad news about them is their blade-steel is often very "soft" so both sharpens and dulls easily.
     
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  6. crogers

    crogers Magnus advocatus diaboli Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Stilettos are designed for poking, not cutting.

    I've sharpened a few, and like rats sez, they won't hold an edge for shit.
     
  7. Gecko

    Gecko The Hessian Brigade Member

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    Those were the spinners of that time...;-)
     
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  8. ratstuph

    ratstuph Hoodoo Operator Super Moderator

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    As Crogers mentioned the stiletto blade shape doesn't sharpen for shit..., like trying to sharpen a brick due to the blade angles. If the OP is including other blade shapes in his original question, then I'm wondering if their dull blades on delivery have anything to do with the "cottage industry" nature of their origins. That is while most of their blades likely have a similar origin, no one really wants to put together their individual pile of parts with a really sharp blade maybe.
     
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  9. gzb

    gzb SUPER Moderator* Super Moderator

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    Somebody mention "spinners"...?
     
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  10. El Gringo

    El Gringo dashing devil

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    They're automatic mail openers ....doubling as paper weights.
    Yet I still like them!
     
  11. begreen61

    begreen61 Deadicated JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    NEVER MEANT TO CUT ONLY STAB ,,I've always called them pig stickers .

    A stiletto (Italian: [stiˈletto]) is a knife or dagger with a long slender blade and needle-like point, primarily intended as a stabbing weapon.[1][2]

    The stiletto blade's narrow cross-section and acuminated tip reduces friction upon entry, allowing the blade to penetrate deeply.[1][3] Some consider the stiletto a form of dagger, but most stilettos are specialized thrusting weapons not designed for cutting or slashing, even with edged examples.[1][4] Over time, the term stiletto has been used as a general descriptive term for a variety of knife blades exhibiting a narrow blade with minimal cutting surfaces and a needle-like point, such as the U.S. V-42 stiletto, while in American English usage, the name stiletto can also refer to a switchblade knife with a stiletto- or bayonet-type blade design
     
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  12. Clydetz

    Clydetz Forever straight and true Brigade Member

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    The average stilettos were mainly developed by the Italians to cut soft spaghetti. The better, sharper bladed stilettos came about because the al dente spaghetti proved to be a tougher strand.
     
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  13. gzb

    gzb SUPER Moderator* Super Moderator

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    Wow! That's exactly what I heard someone say that they read on the internet... :tardrule:
     
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  14. Rio

    Rio Como un angel JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman Brigade Member

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    The stilletos are desing to stab not to cut so the company's that make it don't even bother and never mind about the cheap shit , bueno bonito barato.
     
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  15. stdlrf11

    stdlrf11 A Most Impressive Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    I was told they were as sharp as an Italian's wit. :idunno:
     
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  16. Brian_W204

    Brian_W204 Enormous member

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    Oh, I thought you were asking why are Italian stilettos so boring. :)
     
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  17. piksto

    piksto Down For Life

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    i prefer them on women wearing fishnets
     
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  18. crogers

    crogers Magnus advocatus diaboli Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    THESE I prefer dull...







    fewer scars! :madaddy:
     
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  19. purpledc

    purpledc purple or blue, depends on the strength of your gr Brigade Member

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    Bad geometry. Get a flat ground blade and it can be sharpened fairly well. Bayos and dagger not so much.
     
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  20. coll3ctor

    coll3ctor Average Member

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    no wonder don corleone had such a hard time dragging that knife ....
     

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