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Gold Flylock

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Nice old Sheffield

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Got Schrades????

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Switchblades are not only for guys.

Started by Alex K.. Last reply by Terry Ray Jan 24. 10 Replies


Started by Wes Hanson. Last reply by Lee Saunders Oct 28, 2013. 7 Replies

vintage Switch repair

Started by Jemal Hamilton. Last reply by Bill DeShivs Aug 10, 2013. 19 Replies

Friends of FAMARS

Started by Jan Carter Apr 26, 2013. 0 Replies

Robert Klaas (Kissing Crane) Leverlocks

Started by Brewster Moseley. Last reply by Brewster Moseley Apr 8, 2013. 2 Replies

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Comment by peter force on July 26, 2014 at 21:02

the ones i do own are all from the 1980s ,,fat fitted stag ectect...,,but lockbacks.

Comment by Bill DeShivs on July 26, 2014 at 17:34

KC had the knives made in Maniago, before they had them made in China. No "stilettos" were made in Germany.

Common practice when making the older knives was to peen the pin heads and then buff them smooth.

Comment by peter force on July 26, 2014 at 16:13

sorry about my previous post..the links should have been pics and so forth..it was a mess..so i deleted iot.. i was trying to delete it BILL before you responded so i apologize..i couldnt..i had to sign out of CHROME and into COMETBIRD to delete it.it just looked like a mess and you couldnt click the links even.

sorry BILL as you did reply to it-and im always trying to learn. THANK YOU..BUT I HAVE FEW MORE ??s-IF YOU DONT MIND..OF COURSE ANYBODY CAN JUMP IN!

BILL,when you say KC made none of these..do you mean the ones with the buttons as i have about 12 -15 lockbacks that are KC?..same era...i just looked over them..the pins on the stag scales..like Japan 1980 -BEAR CREEK and such brands ,had tese types of pins-..they look peened in and then just clipped off-not the pre-rounded i have seen them-- these knives have no rounded head at all..{THATS ON THE STAG SCALES} on the rest of the knives though both the pivot pins and the rear bolster pins are spun.

 if you blow the first pic up of the knife below you will see {might have to blow it up}.. anyway you will see that the pivot pin is peened without a doubt,100%. the rear bolster pin though is spun..UNLESS- they peened the pin and then buffed them up?-which i could see- but then why wouldnt they do that for both pins-also te PIVOT pin in knife below is pended but not well

..THANX FOR THE HELP!!..very appreciated!

oh and i just looked at what i wrote because i didnt think i would say common[that's not something i would assume]-i dont like to assume..i like to learn and know.

-i said that for me,the blade switches out pretty easy for me. not always the purdest when im done but i can still use it well.. . BILL THANK YOU.. . if you do look at the pic below and blow it up please take a look at the bolster Pins. thank you SO MUCH FOR HELPING again!  my motto is -

i would rather be shown where im wrong  and learn then assume im just right and learn nothing.i read,study,ask,red more,write,compile,ectectect...


Comment by Bill DeShivs on July 26, 2014 at 15:15

Robert Klaas (Kissing Cranes) never made these knives. Similar manual stilettos and automatics were made in Maniago, Italy for Klaas. This is not one of them. Swapping blades in these is not common at all. None of the rivets on these knives are spun. Most are peened by hand. Later versions used brads with pre-formed heads on the scale pins only. The pivot, backspring and rear bolster pins are peened. This is a generic Maniago 1960-1970 era knife. They were sold all over Germany.

Comment by Jan Carter on July 26, 2014 at 13:28

Comment by Robert Burris on February 3, 2014 

That is a fine looking knife there, John. Does the tang have a brand name stamped on it or do you know the brand name of the knife?

Comment by John Marienski on February 3, 2014

Thanks for the comment Bob. The name located on the base of the blade is Rostfrei. See the third photo. John Marienski

Comment by Jean-François on February 3, 2014 

Hi, John, "Rostfrei" is just the German word for "stainless" (or French "inox", "inoxydable"). That's all I can say about this knife.

Comment by Jan Carter on July 26, 2014 at 13:25

Comment by John Marienski on February 3, 2014

Can anyone give me information and values of this knife? I think it was purchased in Germany in the late 1960s. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

John Marienski 

Comment by Jan Carter on July 12, 2014 at 13:36

Uploaded on Dec 12, 2009

Interview with Tom Marino at Parkers Knife Show. Tom is an enthusiastic collector of the Press Button Knife and all the history related to it and its inventor, Mr. George Schrade.

Comment by John Marienski on February 18, 2014 at 6:10

Thanks for the info, Clint and JJ.

Comment by Clint Thompson on February 17, 2014 at 16:19

It is Italian.  Look closely to the lock hole in the blade.  It is worn which causes the point of the blade to creep out.  Keep this hole greased with some kind of lube like graphite or even Vaseline.  When releasing the blade you can depress the blade then push the button or push the button very quickly and firmly so the pin does not creep out and wear on the lock hole.  Nice looking knife.

Comment by JJ on February 17, 2014 at 9:56

looks to be Italian not German and I would agree 1960s .... Cool knife , I like that style of blade. worth a little more than a modern knife similar .


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