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Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by SwitchGear » Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:20 am

If a I were looking for the best quality Italian switchblade , what would I be looking for?

New or old, we’re talking the best.

By quality I’m talking fit, finish, lock up, grinds, materials.

My 1st (Modern) Latama is in the mail as we speak.

I’ve owned most of the main big players AKC- Beltrame-AGA....

I just don’t want to overlook anything.

Thanks

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Re: Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by Corvus » Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:03 am

Short of buying an expensive custom by someone like Pat Havlin, the vintage picklocks of the '40s and '50s have the best build quality in my experience, but unless you're very lucky, you'll pay dearly for one in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. The best modern Italian stilettos are probably the AGA 10" picklocks from around 2012 to 2016. The Walt's Classics are very good too, especially the earlier ones, but I've experienced some hit and miss quality issues with the latter.

Edited to add that the so-called "transitional" swivel bolster stilettos from the early sixties can be right up there with the '50s picklocks in terms of build quality, and they can be had for a somewhat more reasonable price. As with all vintage knives, it's best to 'read the knife' rather than the tang stamp or the seller's story. There are some damn fine old stilettos out there with either a generic inox or rostfrei, (etc.) stamp, or no stamp at all.

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Re: Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by SwitchGear » Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:32 am

Thanks Corvus-
I’ll be keeping my eyes open!

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Re: Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by natcherly » Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:27 am

Corvus wrote:... The best modern Italian stilettos are probably the AGA 10" picklocks from around 2012 to 2016...
Totally agree! They are very well built and have the feel of one from the golden age, post WW2 until the '58 ban. The 10" size is a winner. More heft than the 9" and more handy than the 11". Why this size is not made more often is a mystery to me. These were actually first made by Renzo Pascotto. This is how it worked. He would build a prototype for AGA, and if they liked it, he would either make an entire run for them or provide parts for them to assemble. As part of the deal, Renzo would be permitted to sell some of his knives with his tang stamp rather than that of AGA. This scenario has been used several times by AGA to keep their product line fresh.

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Re: Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by jim d, » Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:10 am

I agree with the previous posts completely. It depends on what you mean by "Italian" There is the purist definition meaning made in Italy, then there is there is the Italian styled switchblade. If you are looking for the best of the best then as described, custom is the way to go.

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Re: Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by dark2023 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:58 pm

Burn makes wonderful stilettos though they aren't Italian.
This is the magic incantation congress uses to constantly violate the 10th Amendment - "...the manufacture, sale, transportation, distribution, possession, or introduction into interstate commerce of such shall be prohibited"

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Re: Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by boblees812 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:13 pm

(By quality I’m talking fit, finish, lock up, grinds, materials) Pat Havlin is the best as far as fit & finish , Lock up , Grinds , & Materials & Very strong SNAP. PLP is the best out there

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Re: Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by Bill DeShivs » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:59 pm

Pat Havlin- the best.
Period.
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Re: Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by Maltese flatguard » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:17 pm

Find yourself a mint 1880s “S Coop, Manaigo” or a
1880s “G. Bet” Maltese flat guard and you’ll throw away all your other knives.

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Re: Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by Bill DeShivs » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:35 pm

Show us pictures!
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Re: Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by jim d, » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:01 pm

Yes, pictures please.

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Re: Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by kugr » Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:01 pm

One day I would love to add a Burn to my collection.... ooooo, so lovely....
Looking for those un-repairable, lost cause stilettos.

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Re: Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by Maltese flatguard » Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:16 pm

Bill DeShivs wrote:Show us pictures!
Did you buy the new Italian book “Antico Coltelli a scatto” by Paolo A? If you did open it up to see all the wonderful treasures inside. :)

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Re: Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by JulesVane » Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:28 pm

Maltese flatguard wrote:
Bill DeShivs wrote:Show us pictures!
Did you buy the new Italian book “Antico Coltelli a scatto” by Paolo A? If you did open it up to see all the wonderful treasures inside. :)
So...you want me to throw away all my other knives and place the book in my display cases? I have the book, but better keep my knives lol. I thought you HAD the knives you mentioned above.
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Re: Best quality Italian switchblade

Post by Maltese flatguard » Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:34 pm

jim d, wrote:Yes, pictures please.

Jim
Do you have Art Of The Switchblade or the new Italian books? Inside those two are phenomenal pieces.

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