WWII Italian Switchblades

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Re: WWII Italian Switchblades

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WS is correct, the stamps from that time frame are importers stamps. According to SOI A&K was "a Clevelander named Billstein"

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Re: WWII Italian Switchblades

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I have one exactly like the top picture that was given to me from one of my dads friends who was a U.S. tank driver in North Africa. The bone handles are white/black/greyish but identical knife. He said he "found " it in North Africa before his tank was blown up and and he was severely injured.
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Post a picture of your knife, please.
These were not made with bone handles-they were usually cow horn, deer stag, or wood.
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JKT replicated my father's Fishtail Picklock. All I know is that dad carried his Sicilian automatic on his belt in a leather sheath he made for it. This knife holds a special place in my heart. He used the knife as a deck implement and kept it "razor-sharp". The "one-handed operation" of this knife saved his arm and life in a nearly fatal incident at the Bremerton Washington Naval Shipyards.

This wasn't a "battle/fighting" knife, but a deck knife that daddy carried constantly. It was both convenient and useful.
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Re: WWII Italian Switchblades

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A rigger's knife. . . . . . sounds interesting. . . .
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A & K . . . tang stamp
A "bring home " from italy would be like a Raimondo. Springer.
Which is not an importers / country of origin post war stamp.

the transition to newer tang stamps is often specially problematic. . .with more obscure Tangs.

If you figure out who "A-n-K" is, where they were located (like New York)
then you would have a time frame when "A-n-K" knives appeared, if they ever did.

and you could refute, or justify, any story of a "Bring-Back" . . . .

It could be argued that . . . .not saying "made in Italy" . . .or "A&K" "italy"
would / might . . .place it earlier in the post war attempts at economic rebuild.
Then some occupying force GIJoe grabbed it / them up.
before tang logo rules were settled.
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Re: WWII Italian Switchblades

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jerryk25 wrote: Wed Nov 03, 2021 1:31 am A rigger's knife. . . . . . sounds interesting. . . .
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I don't know where dad bought his "deck knife" but it had a Carbon Steel blade. When Jeremey Kreis built the knife it was a true replica. Dad carried a knife for "deck" use. When I was a kid, I accidentally cut myself with the old girl. She held a great edge. (I can only imagine that it was 1095 Carbon Steel because it had a "Carbon Steel Patina" on it before my older brother either lost it or had it confiscated.

This is what made me fall in love with the "useful" auto knife. (One that holds an edge and has a place in history because of its true purpose). Daddy was a "Deck Ape" (Boatswain's Mate, First Class). He had been "passed, but not advanced" to Chief Petty Officer thirteen times. (There weren't any open billets to be filled). The UDT/NRT (Underwater Demolition Team/Navy Rifle Team) members were very special. (Today they call them SEAL teams).

I believe the old blade was a Latama, but I can't swear to it. Alongside the knife (carried tip-up) Dad carried a Marlinspike with an adjustable end wrench silver-soldered onto it. These were the tools needed to perform most of the on-deck duties. When dad was a young man, he worked as a saddlemaker. This is why his "dual-duty" sheath form-fitted to both the auto and the marlinspike.

These were the "deck tools' of "The Greatest Generation".
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