The Italian Stiletto
, more commonly referred to in the US as a switchblade
, has a history of terrifying people. And by history, I mean back in the 1950's people got scared of "criminals" or "hoodlums" that carried this type of bladed weapon. But in reality, put up against other knives, either fixed blade or folder, the stiletto is not really all that intimidating. The knife just got a bad rap from the movies.
This particular knife I don't exactly remember how, when, or why I acquired it, but needless to say, it's a part of my collection. In my opinion, it's not really suited for "everyday carry". Sure it's great for stabbing and slicing, or maybe even getting the little chunks of BBQ out of your teeth from lunch, but it's really just a glorified letter opener. This knife sits on my desk and that's exactly what I use it for. Also, there are varying laws, state to state, regarding "assisted opening" knives (and this one definitely qualifies as that seeing as how it's spring loaded and the blade deploys with the push of a button) so you're better off safe than sorry with this one. Leave it on the desk, not in your pocket.
Handle length is just under 5 inches, blade length is right at 3.5 inches, making the whole thing 8.5 inches while open. The blade is 440 stainless steel, and judging from the imprint on the blade, the knife was manufactured in Milano, Italy. I have no idea what the handles are made of and due to the mystery surrounding acquisition, the above specifications are being made simply from looking at the knife.
Just a cool little piece of an eclectic collection.
BOKER PLUS CLB KARAMBIT
Another knife from the fine folks at Boker, designed by Chad Los Banos (just like the Boker Trance, posted earlier).
This was a Christmas gift from Santa last year. Cool design, hefty knife, but doubtful that it will ever be utilized as an "everyday carry" type of knife.
Can't really give much of a review as it has only been carried a handful of times, and not really used for much as of yet. Comfortable carry, sharp, and intimidating looking.Chad goes Karambit! This Chad Los Banos design has it all - framelock mechanism, G-10 handle offering remarkable carrying comfort, and a spring-assisted carabiner. The blade is made of 440C stainless steel, titanium coated, and provides outstanding cutting performance with its recurved tanto style shape. Blade length: 2 7/8". Overall length: 7 3/4". Weight: 5 oz.