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gonzoman
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IMCO knife

Post by gonzoman » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:17 pm

i have a switchblade that looks like a Latama pick-lock and red dot safety.11" long with horn handle stalleto blade reads IMCO-Italy.Does anyone what i have.

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Re: IMCO knife

Post by morrissey » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:16 pm

What you have is a very valuable early 1950's pick-lock, which was made by the same cutlers who made the Co.Ri.Ca.Ma knives. The craftsmanship on the IMCOs is superior to other pick-locks...I know, as have two 11" IMCOs. If you can post photos, we will have a better idea as to value. But bottom line- assuming the blade is full and the knife is in working condition, with nice cow horn scales...you have a rare and highly sought after vintage Italian stiletto on your hands. (Ps- if you haven't already, pick up a copy of the Switchblades Of Italy book....it is the authority on vintage pick-locks.)

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Re: IMCO knife

Post by thom » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:14 pm

Pictures please.

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Re: IMCO knife

Post by gonzoman » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:31 pm

i am having problems sending pics.help

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Re: IMCO knife

Post by gonzoman » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:43 pm

thom wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:14 pm
Pictures please.
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Re: IMCO knife

Post by thom » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:51 pm

Thanks, very cool

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Re: IMCO knife

Post by gonzoman » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:15 pm

whats it worth?

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Re: IMCO knife

Post by JulesVane » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:43 pm

Very nice indeed!
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Re: IMCO knife

Post by Jackalope » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:36 am

It has some blade wear but is still probably worth $400+/-

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Re: IMCO knife

Post by fastr19 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:52 am

Nice deep stamp!

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Re: IMCO knife

Post by Henry Jones Jr. » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:05 am

IMCos are great and have a very important part of History regarding the banning of switchblades in the USA.

Unfortunately it looks like someone tried to grind the button flat.

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Re: IMCO knife

Post by morrissey » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:26 am

Based upon the condition, I agree with the $400+ estimate. If you are looking to sell, your best bet would be www.sharperdeals.net.

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Re: IMCO knife

Post by morrissey » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:31 am

Henry Jones Jr. wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:05 am
IMCos are great and have a very important part of History regarding the banning of switchblades in the USA.

Unfortunately it looks like someone tried to grind the button flat.
I have heard that the IMCOs were imported to NY before the 1954 New York switchblade ban. I have read they were being imported around 1953. Do you have any more information on how they played a role in ban?

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Re: IMCO knife

Post by Henry Jones Jr. » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:44 am

morrissey wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:31 am
Henry Jones Jr. wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:05 am
IMCos are great and have a very important part of History regarding the banning of switchblades in the USA.

Unfortunately it looks like someone tried to grind the button flat.
I have heard that the IMCOs were imported to NY before the 1954 New York switchblade ban. I have read they were being imported around 1953. Do you have any more information on how they played a role in ban?
I’ll check my source. Where did you hear/read this info?
Thanks amigo

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Re: IMCO knife

Post by morrissey » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:55 am

@ Henry Jones- I recall a lot of this info coming from Charles Cioffero....our resident switchblade historian.

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