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Frank Beltrame Limited Edition Italian Stiletto 2013 Abalone HumpBack N.077

Started Aug 16, 2013 0 Replies

Made by Master Craftsman Frank Beltrame in Maniago, Italy. Limited Edition Stiletto 2013 Abalone HumpBack N.077 with Swedge BladeOverall Length 27.5 cm/10 7/8"OAL Blade Length 12.5 cm/4 7/8"…Continue

Coming soon in Mid June from Frank Beltrame made in Maniago, Italy.

Started this discussion. Last reply by john6553 Jun 5, 2013. 2 Replies

Hello Everyone,Frank B made only 92 knives for this Limited Edition Italian Classic 28cm Stiletto featuring a Bayonet Damascus blade with MOP, Snakewood, Buffalo Horn, Blonde/Honey Horn, Imitation…Continue

Francesco Beltrame 2013 Limited Edition N.292 Swing Guard Lock Back Stiletto 28 cm

Started May 14, 2013 0 Replies

Hello Everyone,Fresh from Maniago, Italy Designed and Made by Master Craftsman Francesco Beltrame 2013 Limited Edition 28 cm Swing Guard Lock Back Stiletto.13 cm Stainless Steel Swedge Blade the Side…Continue

Francesco Beltrame 2013 Limited Edition N.242 Swing Guard Lock Back Stiletto 28 cm

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Hello Everyone,Fresh from Maniago, Italy Designed and Made by Master Craftsman Francesco Beltrame 2013 Limited Edition 28 cm Swing Guard Lock Back Stiletto.13 cm Stainless Steel Swedge Blade the Side…Continue


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john6553 replied to Bryan OShaughnessy's discussion vintage English soldier's pocketknife in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"They are made that way. All of my sailing knives are not easy open. Nevertheless, they are awesome knives. They're well made. They are one of my most favorite folder styles."
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August 24, 2016 all day
Knife Day is the day to appreciate the knives that folk use on a daily basis. This day is a celebration of this marvellous tool that has been with humans since the dawn of time. The evolution of knives has been a remarkable feat – from knives made of bone, stone and flint, to modern creations using titanium, bronze, iron and steel. Nobody can deny the knife is one of man’s most useful tools – for cooking, eating, fishing, hunting, and not to forget the oh so handy Swiss Army knife. To make the…See More
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Reproduction of the Mid 19th Century Frosolone by Renzo Pascotto

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A group devoted to the Angler and the Angler at Heart. If the topic has anything to do with fishing, this is the place to post.  Tell us your fishing stories, talk about tackle old and new!  What you like and what you don’t like.  Bought some new equipment and want to tell us about?  We want to hear about it. Thinking about buying a new pole and want to know it if it is worth the money?  Ask up!Do you collect fishing tackle?  Show it off with pride! Any type of angler with any skill level is…See More
Jun 9, 2015
john6553 replied to Tobias Gibson's discussion Does anyone want to talk fishing?
"Go for it! There are tons of nautical knives for us to talk about. Plus think about all of those awesome stories about the one that got away."
Jun 9, 2015
john6553 replied to D ale's discussion 6" leverletto clean-up for EDC in the group Knife Repair, Modification, Restoration & Improvement
"That knife it's not a leverletto. Your knife is a Hubertus leverlock. The Leverletto was designed by Bill DeShivs and made by AKC in Italy. You can purchase a 6 inch lever lock with no "S" at 3knives.com. You can go to BillDeShivs.com…"
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""opinion pole: the metal on this except the blade, is silver. it has an even tarnish on it now. would you polish it lightly with never dull, or leave it alone. at the moment im on the fence leaning toward a light polish to bring up the silver…"
Dec 18, 2014
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"Hello Michael, Your grandfather left you a beautiful knife something more than just memories to remember him by. It's lovely I wish I had something like that from my grandfather. Thank you for sharing, John"
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A group dedicated to knives and equipment used by Scouts, Hikers, Fishers, Sailors and all the other outdoor adventurers.  A place to show off everything from  the knife in your bug-out bag to your tackle box. Or the knife you take on a day hike or climbing the Matterhorn.A - Z Index, knives of the great outdoorsSee More
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Nov 28, 2014
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"Hello Everyone, One of my early childhood memories is of my mom's keychain knives. She had two one was red and the other was yellow. They were no more than two inches long open. I recall her letting me open and admiring them. I was hooked. John"
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3- 5 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
Italian Stiletto
About Me
I am an active member of Talkblade and Sharperdeals Knife forums.
Knife collecting, I collect new and vintage Italian switchblade knives, classic rock, out door activities, reading and my most favorite thing to do above anything else is spending time with my wonderful loving wife, my darling daughter and super son

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At 23:07 on September 24, 2013, Clay Strong said…

John, I wish more Italian style stiletto bush-buttons had pocket clips. Any suggestions for sources? I have a few autos (flippers and thumb studs) with clips. But, I haven't found a legal length, Italian style push-button stiletto, with a pocket clip, for my wife to more readily deploy, if needed. I've considered purchasing an aftermarket clip to add on. 

You know, being able to conceal carry is fine if you can cover the knife. But otherwise, a blade is not always so quick to get in hand as one that is right there on a pocket clip. 

At 22:26 on September 24, 2013, Clay Strong said…

John, I appreciate your interest. It's one thing to have a lot of info on a subject and another to "legally" share it. With that in mind, I will share what I can as time allows. Too many websites to work on and not enough time.

At 19:31 on September 24, 2013, Clay Strong said…

Thanks for the friend, John. I spend a lot of time reviewing knife related websites to find links for my website, so I read a lot of great info provided by the internet. Of course, I subscribe to some pubs too. I have a substantial collection of documents about knife making and knife history. My knife collection has been for the most part eclectic. I still buy the occasional "gotta have it", but I'm getting better.

Now that I have more knives than I can use, or possibly justify, I try to concentrate on a scandi collection. To answer your question about  searching for gold, I have found dust. But, no prospector will admit how much. lol  My claims are in Idaho. I work them and camp there about half the year. It gives me a home base for roaming the mountains working other areas. My claims have been producing since the 1860's and the creeks and rivers through them are pristine. So, if I never strike it rich, I will still enjoy the hunt. 

At 12:14 on August 14, 2013, Paul Krings said…
Hello John
Thanks for the kind words and yes you can never have too many friends. I have several other pictures to post I the near future of knives and boxes.
I travel for a living, so when time allows I hit shops and flea markets for a treasure. Anyway, happy collecting.
At 13:24 on August 11, 2013, Barry McDonald said…
Took a look at some of your pics. Noticed you're a fan of Frank B. my new-purchased stilettos are all from Frank. Took some pics with iPad, but am not familiar enough with the forum to figure out how to post them. When I get time, I'll try to figure it out. I thought I saw one widow that had an "add file" button. But this one doesn't??? I'll go explore a little. I've got a couple Of Frank's limited edition pick locks from 2002 and a blonde horn Walt's Flatguard picklock I'd like to show you.
At 3:17 on August 9, 2013, Ron Cooper said…

Congratulations on having a photo of your beautiful Double Stiletto featured! I hope everyone who sees it will take the time to look at all of the pictures you have posted of this knife, as well as read the very detailed description of this amazing knife. And, it truly is amazing! 

At 12:56 on July 26, 2013, john6553 said…
Hi Richard,
It's a common name because you have a really really big extended family. :)
At 10:02 on July 26, 2013, Richard Swoboda said…
My Dad always said we were German. But that was when Germany was huge(end of 19th century. But I met a Svoboda at a photographers conference once. He told me there are as many Swobodas in the Prague phone book as there are Smiths in US. Kinda deflating!!
Dick S
At 14:43 on March 18, 2013,
J. Mutz Knives

Hi John. Thanks for all the kind words. Please post those pics of your work. I know I among many others would love to see them. If you post them please shoot me a message so I can be sure to look for them. Jeff

At 12:02 on March 17, 2013,
J. Mutz Knives

Wow. You've got some real beauties there.


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