Italian tourist knife

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Panzerfaust
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Italian tourist knife

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Okay, guys, you want to see a cheap knife? It doesn't get any cheaper than this, a 1970s Italian "tourist knife" that cost me almost 85 bucks. Why did I pay that much? Well, 30 years ago, someone gave me one of these, and it was my second SB. Unfortunately, the spring broke, and I took the knife apart to try to repair it. I was somewhat successful and soldered the knife back together, but unfortunately, the homemade spring I installed also wore out and I tore the knife apart again and never got around to trying to put it back together. I still have some of the parts in an old tool box. I would never tear apart a knife today, but I was a teenager, and the knife was only several years old at that time. I saw one at a gun show several years ago and was ready to buy it until the seller told me the price was a $150. These knives are shown on page 102 of "Switchblades of Italy."
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Re: Italian tourist knife

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I have a few, and like them...better than a Rizzy :lol:

Now I'll be on BTB0923's chit list....lol
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whippersnapper wrote:I have a few, and like them...better than a Rizzy :lol:

Now I'll be on BTB0923's chit list....lol
:lol:
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I think Horizonod has them for $70 on his site.
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whippersnapper wrote:I have a few, and like them...better than a Rizzy :lol:

Now I'll be on BTB0923's chit list....lol
BLASPHEMY! HOW DARE YOU SIR! :lol:

Didn't Wild Zebra upgrade the scales on one of those recently?
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In the 70s in Italy, I saw this model in a store and thought it was a fake button like they were selling in the US at the time. I asked to see it and to my surprise it was a switchblade! Not a good one, but a switchblade...lol...I actually think the Japan made Rizzy are better then this....
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Cheapie or not, still very nice!
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Panzerfaust wrote:Okay, guys, you want to see a cheap knife? It doesn't get any cheaper than this, a 1970s Italian "tourist knife"
Mr. Panzerfaust,

I agree with your assessment. Here is my take on them twice times years agoness...
JerrBear May 9, 2009 wrote: I have a set (4) of those and I think they're junk! The handles are shell wrapped and the quality is poor. To me, they appear to be made from olde beer cans by a worker who personally emptied them.

Many people LOVE them!
I believe I paid $125 buck dollars for the set...
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yep btb it was a bugger I want to do another
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I won't start a peeing contest on which are better rizzy or these, but mine was a POS that's why I took it apart and gave it an upgrade. It rarely locked open and the "scales" are just plastic wrap that started to tear (as JerrBear stated). I think it's the luck of the draw. I got two and the other is a lot better. I'm not sure if the ones that are at Stu's or were floating around a ways back are vintage. Mine sure looked like a current production. Even NOS have signs of wear. Stu has a bunch of "bargain bin" ones I thought about converting to fishtails. Need to do another one to get the hang of it, all that aside cool knives for what they are I like the pattern.

See there are even vintage Italian crappy made switches out there!!!! Rizzy and Super Auto meet your new friend... the Vintage Italian Tourist knife
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These are of same quality :wink:
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Nice Imperials Missaman! My Italian knife reminds me of some of the cheaper vintage American knives.
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Nice tourist knife, I have one just like it. There is one like this on BladeBid for a quite LARGE amount of $ with a gondola boat scene on it...
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I agree, they are pretty cheap, but a must in all collections. :lol:
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Panzerfaust wrote:Okay, guys, you want to see a cheap knife? It doesn't get any cheaper than this, a 1970s Italian "tourist knife" that cost me almost 85 bucks. Why did I pay that much? Well, 30 years ago, someone gave me one of these, and it was my second SB. Unfortunately, the spring broke, and I took the knife apart to try to repair it. I was somewhat successful and soldered the knife back together, but unfortunately, the homemade spring I installed also wore out and I tore the knife apart again and never got around to trying to put it back together. I still have some of the parts in an old tool box. I would never tear apart a knife today, but I was a teenager, and the knife was only several years old at that time. I saw one at a gun show several years ago and was ready to buy it until the seller told me the price was a $150. These knives are shown on page 102 of "Switchblades of Italy."
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HDC wrote:
i have two sets of all the colors stashed some where in this mess haaaa i like them...
Mr. HDC.

Don't feel like the "Lone Stranger!" I moved into my house about 1-1/2 years ago and I haven't seen my set since - (Anna LOT of other stuff tooness is MIA)... :P HO! HO! :P
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