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Old 08-12-2005, 08:44 AM   #1
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Italian Stilletos

Well, I was thinking about getting an authentic switchblade.

Where is a good place to look?

Anyone have any advice on picking one?
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Old 08-12-2005, 12:32 PM   #2
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Switchblade knives are illegal in many juridictions. If yours is one that allows it, then I'd be looking at the automatics (today's PC name) from Benchmade, Microtech, Kershaw, and other major brands. Be leery of the cheaper brands, as many are more novelty than tool. Poor steel, unsafe mechanism, and lousy construction abound.
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Old 08-13-2005, 07:11 PM   #3
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Switchblade knives are illegal in many juridictions. If yours is one that allows it, then I'd be looking at the automatics (today's PC name) from Benchmade, Microtech, Kershaw, and other major brands. Be leery of the cheaper brands, as many are more novelty than tool. Poor steel, unsafe mechanism, and lousy construction abound.
I am tracking on the modern autos- own several.

What I am looking for is something retro. Original looking.

Pure gangster- if you know what I mean
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Old 09-03-2005, 07:32 PM   #4
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try .wwwknifeshop.com i think that's it if not let me know
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Old 09-03-2005, 09:00 PM   #5
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AFAIK automatic knives, including switchblades, are not illegal to own in Texas, but only illegal to carry. I saw a bunch of spring loaded knives at the gunshow last time I went, and my buddy bought a fixed blade knife (benchmade) from a seller, who claimed to be an LEO, and told my buddy that there wasnt anything wrong with owning a switchblade, just dont carry it around if you arent an LEO - at least here in Tx. Check your local rules before you buy! Despite them being for sale at the gunshow, I have noticed that many mail order catalogs will not ship automatic knives to Texas without an LEO ID.
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Old 09-15-2005, 07:26 AM   #6
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He has some Italian retro knives ( authentic and Korean copies).


http://www.bladeplay.com/cat--Home--82
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Old 10-26-2005, 05:29 AM   #7
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switchblade

Try bladeauction. Just about anything you can imagine.
Check the minimum bids for the pre ban Italians. You won't beleive what collectors of those things are willing to pay for them.
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:51 AM   #8
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Their made in Northern Italy and have buffalo horn scales. Other scale options are stag, micarta. Don't settle for plastic!

I found one, 11" open, classic style. The hilt pivots to release the blade lock.

The older classics had a stud on the back of the blade which locked into a hole in a flat extension of the mainspring the extended beyond the hilt out over the end bolster. This is called a "picklock."

I think I paid about $50 for mine, 6 yrs ago at a gun show. They're designed as "stabbers" not cutters. They aren't very rugged or robust, and the blade/pivot would fail if torqued to the side. But they're classic, and a potent poker/stabber.

Here's a link:

http://www.theswitchblade.com

Search the site for "Italian Stiletto" -- They're all listed at $9,999,95. I think that's just a stock form to fill up the price java box. So, no prices listed, evidently.


Google "Italian Stiletto" gets 35,000 images, all linked to sites, most of which want to sell them.
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:57 AM   #9
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"They're" -- what the hell is the rationale behind limiting editing to thirty minutes? When I posted it was about 3 AM.

I don't think I've ever encountered a forum that didn't have a lot of off-the-wall, "control freak," arbitrary rules.
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:53 PM   #10
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Re: Italian Stilletos

Federal law prohibits transfer of switchblades in interstate commerce. Illinois law prohibits manufacture, sale and possession(sigh). Other states have varying rules. Why is it that Hollywood only uses Italian-style switchblades? I think German-style, and old-time American switchblades are more interesting.
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:30 AM   #11
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Re: Italian Stilletos

I had a nice Italian stiletto when I was a kid. My Grandfather took it away from me one day and I never saw it again. Upon his death it still wasn't found in his possessions. I'm sure he did the right thing being they are illegal here in NY.
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:10 AM   #12
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Re: Italian Stilletos

Consider the Cold Steel Ti-lite. I've been carrying one everyday for 3 years now. Deployment is selective, and instant if you want it to be. If you just pull it out of your pocket it remains closed, but with a little backward pressure, and a raking motion, what comes out is a deployed, locked knife. It is that easy. The function is truly one-handed. In the fantasy-combat world, you could use it as a hand load only, and by raking across any surface, deploy the blade.
I'm not sure why you would first feel the need to beat the hell out of someone then get to stabbing on 'em, but hey...you never know.
Great knife, stows well, looks a helluva lot better than goofy HSLD tactical blades.
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