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A day late, and
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School me on Italian switchblades.

What with switchblades legal in Michigan now I am feeling the itch for an Italian auto.

What are the differences (if any) between Armando Beltrane knives and Frank Beltrane knives?


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Well, they're competing brothers in Italy.
Armondo's seem more like assembled kit knives where Frank's feel more hand made.





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Do the FB models take a very sharp edge? I guess what I'm wondering is, is the blade steel good?


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440 stainless

You're paying for the neat factor, they are a poor design, fit by hand with moderate attention. Frank B makes the perfect quality level for a neat knife that you keep on your desk to open letters and fiddle with. Nobody in their right mind would ask more from them.
 
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440 stainless

You're paying for the neat factor, they are a poor design, fit by hand with moderate attention. Frank B makes the perfect quality level for a neat knife that you keep on your desk to open letters and fiddle with. Nobody in their right mind would ask more from them.

Thank you, that's about what I was expecting, given the price of his blades.


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I had an Armondo. It was unremarkable at best.
It worked but was nothing to get excited about.
I can build a kit knife the same quality.
Now if you want a REALLY food stiletto,
Look at Omereta with solid bolsters.





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Originally posted by ScreamingCockatoo:
I had an Armondo. It was unremarkable at best.
It worked but was nothing to get excited about.
I can build a kit knife the same quality.
Now if you want a REALLY food stiletto,
Look at Omereta with solid bolsters.

Tastes REALLY good? Wink


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There's nothing wrong with getting a Frank B if you want an Italian switchblade, but a Benchmade or Microtech auto are much more useful daily use knives.
 
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I like the look of the old switchblades.
But if I wanted a similar look on a hard-firing auto with superior steel, I’d look to the Pro-Tech “The Don” or “Large Don”.

The Don ...

I’ve got a Godfather and Godson, and will own a Don when the stars align.



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I have a AGA Campolin 11" picklock Italian stiletto switchblade with dark horn handle. It is a wonderful handmade knife made of quality materials. I do believe that it is the best brand of switchblade in the world.
The traditional switchblade has a bayonet blade and is for stabbing, not cutting.


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Originally posted by Voshterkoff:
There's nothing wrong with getting a Frank B if you want an Italian switchblade, but a Benchmade or Microtech auto are much more useful daily use knives.

I've got a Benchmade auto for EDC, but I'm thinking about an Italian for style, they just look cool as hell, in a West Side Story way. Cool


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Originally posted by Voshterkoff:
440 stainless

You're paying for the neat factor, they are a poor design, fit by hand with moderate attention. Frank B makes the perfect quality level for a neat knife that you keep on your desk to open letters and fiddle with. Nobody in their right mind would ask more from them.


Yep, I have one with the buffalo horn which cracks over time but it still works fine and opens all the letters you could want to......


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My Due Buoi Classic Italian Stiletto 9" had a propensity to open in my pants pocket.

Mika shipped me a nice pocket knife case. Now I bleed less often.



https://mikaspocketholsters.co...t/pocket-knife-case/


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My Due Buoi Classic Italian Stiletto 9" had a propensity to open in my pants pocket.

Mika shipped me a nice pocket knife case. Now I bleed less often.





Years ago we had a guy at work who had one. It wasn't too annoying until the day he bumped into something and it opened. Stuck him enough to cause some bleeding. Thereafter he was known as the Gay Blade. You don't get to pick your own nickname.


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