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by Bill DeShivs
Sat Dec 03, 2022 10:50 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: 10” Campolin
Replies: 14
Views: 927

Re: 10” Campolin

Those are some of the nicest modern stilettos made.
by Bill DeShivs
Wed Nov 30, 2022 8:33 am
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: Leverlock ID please
Replies: 18
Views: 461

Re: Leverlock ID please

Older Linders were Italian. Now they are Chinese.
by Bill DeShivs
Wed Nov 30, 2022 5:23 am
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: Leverlock ID please
Replies: 18
Views: 461

Re: Leverlock ID please

They are probably 420, but the blade grind makes them excellent carry/use knives.
by Bill DeShivs
Wed Nov 30, 2022 12:03 am
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: Leverlock ID please
Replies: 18
Views: 461

Re: Leverlock ID please

Earlier Massaro lever locks had a removable kickspring. That's what the second rear bolster pin is for.
Your knife dates from around 2000. It's Italian.
by Bill DeShivs
Thu Nov 24, 2022 6:53 pm
Forum: Deforum with Bill DeShivs
Topic: Picklock with side to side blade play
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: Picklock with side to side blade play

I have never used heat to peen a locking pin. It's a non-issue.
Happy Thanksgiving!
by Bill DeShivs
Wed Nov 23, 2022 7:17 pm
Forum: Deforum with Bill DeShivs
Topic: Picklock with side to side blade play
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: Picklock with side to side blade play

We generally refer to that as "up/down" movement. Replacing the pivot pin with on that is exact size may help. If not, you will have to move metal on either the blade or backspring-depending on how you want the blade to sit. Locking pins can be peened in the direction needed, backsprings can be leng...
by Bill DeShivs
Sat Nov 19, 2022 8:15 pm
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: Rare picklock vintage de 28 cm avec croix maltaise (je l'ai vu sur la couverture de M. Paolo ALDIGHI
Replies: 23
Views: 891

Re: Rare picklock vintage de 28 cm avec croix maltaise (je l'ai vu sur la couverture de M. Paolo ALDIGHI

I'm quite sure you will be getting offers on this knife. There are dealers who watch these posts just to find rare knives. Usually, they won't offer the full value. Be very careful.
by Bill DeShivs
Sat Nov 19, 2022 8:11 pm
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: Latama's New Offerings
Replies: 25
Views: 948

Re: Latama's New Offerings

Walt's custom knives are hand built by Tank Fisher from mostly factory parts, and they should be great knives.
I have built a few for him over the years, but no longer have the time to do so.
by Bill DeShivs
Tue Nov 15, 2022 7:42 pm
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: GARRIDO Toledo ???
Replies: 2
Views: 201

Re: GARRIDO Toledo ???

Toledo tourist knives.
They were made plain or ultra-decorated with etching and gold plating.
by Bill DeShivs
Mon Nov 14, 2022 9:01 pm
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: Help on id a frank b 11 stiletto
Replies: 57
Views: 2256

Re: Help on id a frank b 11 stiletto

We are now in the 3rd or 4th generation of Italian cutlers, and there are very few left. The modern methods of making the knives have necessarily cheapened them. We went through the "don't buy them until quality improves" 20 years ago. Fortunately, quality did improve. Now there fewer buyers and man...
by Bill DeShivs
Mon Nov 14, 2022 7:26 pm
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: Rizzuto picklock
Replies: 14
Views: 424

Re: Rizzuto picklock

The Rizzutos debuted in the late 1950s. Be aware that what you hear about dates is only general information.
As a rule, manual versions of stilettos were concurrent with automatics-for areas where autos were already illegal.
by Bill DeShivs
Sun Nov 13, 2022 11:24 pm
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: Rizzuto picklock
Replies: 14
Views: 424

Re: Rizzuto picklock

I would call that a lock back, rather than a hump back. Hump backs have the lock release in the middle of the nandle.
by Bill DeShivs
Sun Nov 13, 2022 7:35 pm
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: Rizzuto picklock
Replies: 14
Views: 424

Re: Rizzuto picklock

The backsprings on Japanese autos are nickel plated. Unless the extra step of stress relieving is done (it never is!) the plating causes hydrogen embrittlement at the thin part of the spring. This causes micro cracking-thus weakening the backsprings..
by Bill DeShivs
Sat Nov 12, 2022 6:56 pm
Forum: Switchblade knives
Topic: West German GRAVITY knife
Replies: 27
Views: 3512

Re: West German GRAVITY knife

JPD's knife is the post-WW2 version. Cold War era. 1960s.
These are very similar to the WW2 versions.
There were no patents on these. They were made by 3 makers specifically for issue to the German military-to military specs.