Luke_of_Mass wrote:I saw a similar story in the now-gone Fredde10 album on one of the sharperdeal websites ... with a picture! Might have even been a 5 incher! Bet that's worth some real coin. But it appears that Frank is a less-than-materialistic person to not even have a collection after 50+ years in the industry
Yeah, I saw something similar as well in the Frede10 thing too. Back in the olden days 1998-2005, Frank and I corresponded frequently, that was before his daughter Sara took over his correspondence. It was always a hoot due to the language barrier, but even then, I understand Sara was handling translations and maybe even ghost-writing for Frank, as needed.
I always enjoyed my personal dealings with Frank - always very pleasant and congenial.
When I was a dealer, I used "Dirty Gerty" aka my 94 year-old grandmother as an advertising spokesperson for OmegaBlades. Frank thought that was funny as hell (as I intended). One Christmas, he sent her a 28cm damascus/buffalo bayo stiletto as a gift, along with a nice card. Just what we all needed - Grandma with a big ole switch! After her death, the knife was gifted to me, but being hard-up for cash, it was sold.
Say what you will about him, but I just love Frank Beltrame because of little things like that. He was always a real gentleman who cherished friendships and conducted his business the old way, with integrity and honour.