F Beltrame Switch'-generation model

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F Beltrame Switch'-generation model

Postby arlen » Sat May 26, 2018 2:16 pm

Here is something that I find interesting: The Switch' Generation model (manuf. 2005?)made by Frank Beltrame. The scales are attached with screws. The scales are ABS instead of acrylic. The bolsters are zinc alloy instead of SS or titanium.
The different scales offered in these models (21 & 23cm) would seem to make this model very collectible.
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Re: F Beltrame Switch' model

Postby JulesVane » Sat May 26, 2018 2:27 pm

Here's a couple examples of recently sold. Not sure if the same, but they have the screwed in scales...

http://www.sharperdeals.net/index.php?m ... or-1-price
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Re: F Beltrame Switch'-generation model

Postby john » Sat May 26, 2018 5:31 pm

Those were originally sold as kits. Not long ago they sold for about $40. To $50.00
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Re: F Beltrame Switch'-generation model

Postby TRYKER » Sat May 26, 2018 11:28 pm

i belive these were the lower end of franks line.
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Re: F Beltrame Switch'-generation model

Postby Fishtail Picklock » Sun May 27, 2018 1:05 am

They were considered the "base" model from Frank Beltrame. That doesn't mean that they were of poor construction, they were their "no frills" model.
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Re: F Beltrame Switch'-generation model

Postby Bill DeShivs » Sun May 27, 2018 4:10 am

The liners/bolsters are cast of Zamak zinc alloy and then plated. The mechanical construction differs considerably from the regular stilettos.
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Re: F Beltrame Switch'-generation model

Postby arlen » Sun May 27, 2018 1:05 pm

Well, this input has convinced me that this model is not a collectible item. The zinc alloy concerns me more than anything. I like to collect quality items and avoid "example" items such as China made, etc. To me, the Switch'-generation model would fall into the "example" category.
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Re: F Beltrame Switch'-generation model

Postby john » Sun May 27, 2018 1:22 pm

They are similar to the key chain kits, but much larger.
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Re: F Beltrame Switch'-generation model

Postby leighdog » Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:43 pm

Its mostly a starter knife for those just getting into the hobby.


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