11" Exiled Cutlery Company Purple Heart Wood Bayonet Picklock Automatic Stiletto Switchblade Flick Knife by Rubens Blades
Custom USA Made by Rubens Blades
The Only Automatic Stiletto Switchblade Knife For The American Wiseguy In You.
440 Stainless Steel Bayonet Blade
Blade Is Etched: ECC (with Cutlass Jolly Roger)
Stainless Steel Liners and Bolsters
Authentic Purple Heart Wood Handle Scales
Push Button with slide safety
Exiled Cutlery Stilettos Are The Only True Sicilian Made Stiletto Knives Built In America.
Each Piece Is Hand Crafted & Hand Assembled Washington State in the USA.
Hand Made Works of Art From An Italian-American Artisan
The Stiletto is a blade style first developed in Italy and dates from the late 1400s.
It is thought to be a development of the rondel dagger or misericordia, a needle-pointed weapon with a narrow blade designed primarily for thrusting, though possessing cutting edges.
The Italian word "stiletto" comes from the Latin stilus, the thin pointed Roman writing instrument used to engrave wax or clay tablets in ancient times.
The stiletto began to gain fame during the late Middle Ages, when it was the secondary weapon of knights.
Originally designed as a purely offensive weapon, the stiletto was used to finish off a fallen or severely wounded heavily armored opponent.
The needle-like blade could easily penetrate most mail or find its way through gaps in a knight's plate armor, and was narrow enough to pass through the eye slits of the helmeted knight.
A severely wounded opponent, who was not expected to survive, would be given a "mercy strike".
The Italian stiletto, originally a purely offensive weapon used to kill an unsuspecting or wounded adversary, was later embraced throughout Italy as a fighting knife for close combat confrontations.
The popularity of the stiletto in the Kingdom of Sicily resulted in the development of the scherma di stiletto siciliano (Sicilian school of stiletto fighting).
The stiletto was purely a thrusting or stabbing weapon, and the scherma di stiletto siciliano accordingly taught fighting movements designed to avoid the tip of the opponent's blade (scanso).
Techniques characteristic of the scherma di stiletto siciliano include sbasso (bending to ground), in quarto tagliata (tacking to left or right), and the balzo (leap to evade the enemy’s blade).
A person skilled in the use of a stiletto would thrust the knife deep into the victim, then twist the blade sharply in various directions before retracting it, causing the sharp point to inflict severe internal damage not readily apparent when examining the entrance wound.
During the 1950s, large numbers of folding switchblade or automatic opening knives with locking blades were imported from Italy to the United States.
These Italian switchblades were commonly and popularly referred to as stilettos, since most incorporated a long, slender blade tapering to a needle-like point, together with a slim-profile handle and vestigial cross-guard.
The majority of these Italian stiletto switchblade knives used a now-iconic bayonet-style blade with a single sabre-grind edge (often unsharpened) and a long opposing false edge.
As with the medieval stiletto, the stiletto switchblade was designed primarily as an offensive weapon, optimized for thrusting rather than cutting.
Most of these knives were designed with a locking device which locked the blade in the open position, and this lock, combined with the stiletto blade profile, enabled the knife to be used as an effective thrusting or stabbing weapon (unlike most U.S. switchblade designs of the day).
- 1950's Style Picklock Release Stiletto.
- Stainless Steel Bolsters
- Authentic Purple Heart Wood Handle Scales
- 440 Stainless Steel Bayonet Blade
- Overall Length: 10 3/4"
- Closed Length: 6"
- Blade Length: 4 3/4"
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