The Knives Featured in
The Newsletter

Scroll Down to View Complete Index

 

Volume 1 Number 1
Ballistic/Spetznatz
Black Knife, Original Miller/Ochs
Boker #715
Bonsa OTF
Eikhorn Paratroopers Gravity
Hoskins, John - Mother of pearl
Hoskins, John, Color Custom Gallery
Hubertus "Slimline"
Hubertus 14cm
Klaas, Robert, "Kissing Crane"
Othello OTF

Volume 1 Number 2
Aerial/Jaeger Bros.
Mar, Al/Benchmade GPA
Mar, Al/Benchrnade GPA, customized finish/scales
Medici, Italian folding guard
Safari, Italian lever
Vallotton, Butch-Persian, C.I.A. Trap Door

Volume 1 Number 3
Bonsa OTF Stainless
Fox Cutlery OTF
NATO Military
Othello OTF
Remington Steele OTF
Spike, original

Volume 1 Number 4
Boker #712, Color Custom Gallery
Harris, Dewey, Color Custom Gallery
Hubertus Slimline custom w/ironwood, filework
Hubertus, Color Custom Gallery
Hucks coil
Mar, Al/Benchrnade GPA, Color Gallery
Miller/Ochs prototype
Polish Demolition Knife
Spikes, Color Custom Gallery

Volume 2 Number 1
Boker #712, customize full mother of pearl
Case Zipper buIdog c. 1920 - 1940
Dake, Charlie/Bayou Custom Cutlery
Flylock/Challenge Knife Co. c.1919-1926
Henckles, J.A. c. 1928
J.W. dbl. ender, c. 1904
Puma/Bogus
Remington "Master Blade" c. 1920-1940
Remingtons, single bId. c. 1920 - 1939
Schrade dbl. ender jigged bone tip bolsters
Schrade dbl. ender sterling "office knife"
Schrade dbl. ender tortise c. 1940-1956
Shur-Snap/Colonial c. 1948-1950

Volume 2 Number 2
Bazar, Springer/Knife-Pistol, c.1900
Cubic Shot, scale-release
Griffm, Rendon customs
Hubertus, scale-release
Hucks, coil/Combat models
Huntsman, Knife-Pistol, c.1920s
Marti/Knife-Pistol c. 1870
Peavey/Knife-Pistol c. 1866
Russian OTF
Serven, Jim/custom Knife-Pistol

Volume 2 Number 3
Boker #712
Boker, c. 1921
Boker, etched blade/folding guard/Italian contract
Boker, Krushke style tab release c.1921
Case Zipper
Defender/Louis Rogers c. 1916
Florinox , coil
GPA/Combat oversize
NATO OTF Korean, customized
Sanders, A.A. Customs
Schrade, fishtails c. 1940 - 1956
Wristwatch switchblade

Volume 2 Number 4
Dake, Charlie/Gold lip, Color Custom Gallery
Fox, Paul/Custom Electric switchblade
Griffin, Rendon/mop Color Custom Gallery
Harris, Dewey/Titanium, Color Custom Gallery
Hoskins, John/ w/abalone Color Custom Gallery
Hubertus 9cm customized Color Gallery
Hubertus, abalone scales, Color Custom Gallery
Hubertus/fishing-camper model
Hucks, coils
Italian OTF c.1950s
J.W. dbl. ender, c. 1904 - Color Custom Gallery
Kabar, Union Cut. Co., lever
Miller/Ochs prototype
Queen Cutlery
Steigerwalt, Ken/scale-release - Color Gallery
Stewart, Chuck/mop insert trap Color Gallery

Volume 3 Number 1
EIG, Italian
Italian, "ring pull" fishtail
Italian, button close
Italian, fulcrum
Korn's Patent c.1884
Latama, Italian picklock flatguard
Needle, The
Puma, Genuine
Steigerwalt, Ken/custom scale-release, abalone
Tenmil, custom
Venzia, Italian, transition picklock

Volume 3 Number 2
French OTF c.1950s
Hoskins , John/Ron Skaggs engraved
Italian OTF c.l 950s
Italian, kit
Logan/Smyth paratrooper
McHenry, BilI/McHenry Forge, customs
Russian, AK model, exterior kick spring
Sanders, A.A. customs
Steigerwalt, Ken/custom mop scale-release
Vallotton, Butch/custom "Pocket Rocket"

Volume 3 Number 3
Aitor, Spain/levers & OTFs
Barnes, G.L. "Four Speed Auto" custom
Cristando, Frank/custom miniature 24kt gold
Hammer Brand, toothpick c.1950s
Hoskins, John/custom w/engraving
Latama, picklock restoration
Matador, Spain/product ion switch
McHenry, Bill/custom OKCA winning entry
Vallotton, Butch/custom VIPER
Viper/Butch Vallotton custom

Volume 3 Number 4
Argentina, ring-pull, lever action
Explorer, conversion
French OTF, cocking lever
Hoskins, John/dagger-grind, Ron Skaggs engraved
Indiana Cutlery, torsion kickspring
Kissing Crane, Robert Klaas Italian-style coils
Klaas, Robert, Kissing Crane Italian-style coils
Magic Knife, mini-kit
Summers, James A./customs
Vallotton, Butch/AI Mar, S.E.R.E.
York Cutlery, Italian dagger-grind

Volume 4 Number 1
Flylock, The Flylock Knife Co.
lndiania Cutlery Co., multi-blade camper
Matador, Spain
Pull-Ball, Schrade
Russian, AK-47 model , cover knives
Schrade, Pull-Ball
Tenmil OTF
Toledo, Spain

Volume 4 Number 2
Herder, c.1925 - 1960
Hubertus, after-market customized
Indiana, Italy, torsion kickspring
Latama, 33cm square button restoration
Medici, Italian, folding guards
Microtech, Halo OTF
Microtech, mini-seals, MS-1
Russian, custom coil
Soviet, prison made

Volume 4 Number 3
Boentgen & Sabin, Bonsa
Boker, Speed Lock coil
Bonsa, all stainless lever w/folding guard
Italian transition models
Micor, Japan
Paratrooper model, China
Rizzuto - Estileto, Italy, folding guard
Speed Lock, Boker
Svoboda, B. Germany -
Unwin & Rogers switchblade knife-pistol
Vallotton, Butch/Viper
Viper/ Butch Vallotton

Volume 4 Number 4
Campolin, Italy, six-foot display knife
Dalton, Robbie/Halo knock-offs
Eclau, France, coil kickspring c. 1960
Edgemaster, counter card sold
Hubertus, customized scale-release
Microtech, UDT
Tonerini, Scarperia, c.1920s presentation, Italy
UDT, Microtech

Volume 5 Number 1
Boker, Top Lock conversion
Broch Nachf, Walter/Solingen c.l940-1950
Campolin, A. six foot display Italian
Case, lever 5161L restoration
Comb figural switchblade, Asian
Gottage, Judy/custom, Cover
Grizzly/Kabar w.celluliod scales
Ibberson, G. c.1880s Sheffield
Kabar, Grizzly
McHenry, Bill/ custom, Cover
Rados, Jerry/custom, Cover scale-release
Rados, Jerry/customs
Schrade, Pull-Ballsterling model w/Masonic
Serven , Jim/custom, Cover
Steigerwalt, Ken/custom, Cover scale-release
Stewart, Chuck/custom, Cover
Warenski, Buster/custom, Cover
Williams, Jason/custom bolster release

Volume 5 Number 2
Bunting & Son, R. /Sheffield, c.1837-1868
Chameleon, Butch Vallotton
Halo, Microtech CFO model
Hunter's Pride, Schrade w/folding guard
Latama, Square Buttons
Latama, square-button Italians
Prison-made switchblade, Florida
Schrade, Hunter's Pride w/folding guard
Shapleigh Hardware Co., dbl. ender

Volume 5 Number 3
Boker, Speed Lock II
Czechoslovakia/Mikov
Herder, F. c.1900
Hubertus, Falconer slim line
Japan, lever action/toreador motif, c.1950s
Kruschke, Rudolph C., c.1891
Latama, fish-shaped
Mexico, picklock
Mikov/Czechoslovakia
Sheer, David/South Africa coil
Speed Lock II, Boker

Volume 5 Number 4
A.C. Mfg. Co./Aerial
Bazar knife-pistol c.1900
Chameleon , Microtech
Defender, knife-pistol c.1916
Dogshead, KabarlUnion Cut. Co.
Grizzly/Kabar w.celluloid
Halo, mini
Hoskins custom Knife-Pistol
Huntsman, Knife-Pistol, c.1920s
Microtech, Mirage/USSOCOM
Pryor/Sheffiel d c.1820-1845
Serven custom Knife-Pistol
Shur-Snap Master Fish Knife c.1940s
Union Cut. Co. Dogs head

Volume 6 Number 1
Flylock 3-3/8in. dbl. ender, 14K gold
Flylock 3-3/8in. dbl. ender, Gold filled
Fox, Paul "The Gorgon " exotic custom
Herbertz, C. Jul, Coil kicksprings
Latama, lever-action, "BREVETT" on lever
Marshes & Shepherd, Pond Works, Sheffield c.1828
Masterpiece, Microtech OTF w/folding guard
Microtech, Halo-style OTF w/folding guard
Mikov, Czech Republic, lever action
Schrade 2-7/8sin. dbl. ender, molasses
Schrade 3-3/8in. dbl. ender, asst. w/tip bolsters
Schrade 3-3/8in. dbl. ender, molasses
Schrade 3-3/8in. dbl. ender, mother of pearl
Schrade 3-3/8in. dbl. ender, Rogers bone
Schrade 3-3/8in. dbl. ender, sterling silver
Schrade 4in. dbl. ender, spey bld., elephant ivory
Tenmil, 3in. front opener

Volume 6 Number 2
Dirk, unmarked w/coil kickspring c.1880s
Edwin Jay, Picklock
Flylock 3-3/8in. dbl. enders
Flylock/stainless fisherman
Hubertus Rescue Tool
Hubertus Z-2000
McHenry, Wm J. 7- 1/8in. Custom w/tortoise scales
Mella, Picklock
Press Button "One Arm" fork/knife
Smith & Wesson switch

Volume 6 Number 3
BAZAR knife-pistol 9mm Federal c.1895
French "squeeze" action
French c.1880s w/corkscrew & pen blade
Henckels, J.A. lever action c.1920s
Hubertus Lingard-type action
Latama miniature 2-3/8in o/a
Latama/Macy's display c.1950
LaVesca, large display model c.1950
Tenmil percussion knife-pistol

Volume 6 Number 4
3 Monkey tang stamp on picklock
Courroux, G.F., rear cam release, c.1926
Dake, C.M. "Bayou Custom Cutlery" several styles
Dragonslayer, Microtech Halo-action
Edwin Jay w/original Hoffritz sheath
Halo/large display Microtech
Microtech Dragonslayer, Halo-action
Microtech Halo/large display
Raimondo picklocks
Rogers & Son, J./Sheffield c.1915 boatman' s
Shapleigh Hardware heavy duty dbl. ender

Volume 7 Number 1
G.T. Knives, high-tech coil
Keychain figurals, Hong Kong
Klaas, Robt. Germany, Bonsa-type OTF
Klaas, Robt. Germany, lever- action models
Korn's Patent, w/gutta percha scene scales c.1890s
KORNS-PATENT, c.1880s presentation
Polish Demolition Knife, military issue
Utica Cutlery Co., Japan c.1950s

Volume 7 Number 2
Buck 110 conversion
Knife-pistol, 2bbl. Chuck Stewart custom
Microtech mini-UDT
Stewart, Chuck 2bbl. custom knife-pistol
Stewart, Chuck 2bbl. custom knife-pistol
Stewart, Chuck 2bbl. custom w/watch
Wragg, S.C., Sheffield, Lingard-type action, c.1830
York Cutlery Co., Italian-style w/coil kickspring

Volume 7 Number 3
Case #6061L lever-action c.I920s
Finenburg, J., unfolding action c.1910
Gebruder Krusius , Solingen 19-3/4in. display model
Graefenberg, large French display c.1800s
H.K.&S., Germany, rear knob release c.1930s
Latama picklocks, flat-guards.
Leatherbrand, Germany, rear knob release c.1930s

Volume 7 Number 4
Front-opener, Italian lever cocking c.1950
G.T. Knives, high-tech coil
Keychain, Hong Kong assorted figurals
Medici-style swing guard Italians
Pro Tech Knives, high-tech coil -
Rados, Jerry custom scale-release, abalone scales
Red Rose 12cm picklock
Rogers Sheffield, Lingard-type action c.1830
Solingen, Cutlery, Germany, posterelease
Swing-guard Italians, assorted

Volume 8 Number 1
ASTOR, ITALY 37-1/2in. displaypicklock
Bunting, R., Sheffield, c.1800s
Dake, Charlie/ lavishly embellished custom
French, swing-guard, mother of pearl c.1800s
G.T. Knives, mini-high-tech coil
Halo, mini, Microtech
Microtech mini-Halo
Microtecb "Nemesis" OTF
Microtech, SOCOM high-tech coil
Nemesis, Microtech OTF
ProTech Knives, mini high- tech coil
Raimondo, 28cm picklock
SOCOM, Microtech
UDT, Microtech, mid- sized
Vallotton, Butch custom OTF

Volume 8 Number 2
Gondola figural keychain c.1960s
Gutman Cutlery Co., Germany/Springer
Latama picklock 12cm w/cracked ice celluloid
McHenry, Wm J. custom traditional Italian flavor
Pakistan, "No.6 Sheffield" lever-action
Picklock, 28cm w/Venetian gondola tang stamp
PressButton dbl. ender, salesman' s sample
PUMA "Booster", high-tech coil
Puma/springer, " Purna-Werk, Germany" c. 1960s
Ruibys, Vaidotas, Lithuania, asst. customs
Venetian, "De Bin Venezia" mother of pearl c. 1940s
Zoppis cam per model

Volume 8 Number 3
Bonsa "trap-door" OTF all stainless body
Butcher, James/Sheffield, c.1800s -
Dynamic Designs, high-tech coil for southpaws
Italian, "trap door" OTF c.1950s
Latama, 33cm picklock
Maniago, "Premiata, Societa, Coop, Maniago" 33cm picklock c.1920s
Maniago, "RANA/Colt.Riun,Maniago"
McHenry, William J. twin blade custom
ProTecb Knives, "Runt , high-tech coil
RANA/Maniago, c.1940s picklock
Ruibys, Vaidotas customs, Lithuania
Runt, ProTech Knives, High-tech coil
Toledo/Spain, OTF c.1940s
Vallotton, Butch "S.O.F." c.1995

Volume 8 Number 4
Astor 12cm picklock
Buck 110 conversion
Cumberland Mountain Knife
Dynamic Design, OTF
Gun-shaped picklocks c.1950s
Latama, gun-shaped picklock handle
Maniago 38cm picklock c.1925
Paragon, "Cobra" high-tech coils -
PressButton, Sterling silver c.1890s
PUMA Booster, high-tech coil
Richter, R. J. 14cm picklock
Wragg, Samuel C., Sheffield c.1840s

Volume 9 Number 1
Borger "BLIZZARD" cnc-milled coil
GT Knives "Divotmaster" cnc-milled coil
Hubertus "Guardian" prototype- "Muster"
Kious, Joe custom w/Rados Damascus
Kruschke-type
Mar, Al mini w/cigar cutter
Picklock w/blacksmith tang stamp 18cm
Piranha Knife Co. cnc-milled coil
Saber, folding "WOLF SCHAFFHAUSEN" c.1880
Schrade 3-3/8in. dbl. ender w/tip bolsters mother pearl
WOLF Schaffhausen, folding saber c.1880

Volume 9 Number 2
Arnould, Namur, Belgium folding saber c.1900
Hubertus, multi-blade model w/Lingard-type release
KA-BAR, lever action c.1910s
Latama picklock 16cm flatguard
Mappin Bros., Joseph, Sheffield c.1850s
McHenry, Wm J. "Doppleganger" w/Axis action
ProTech "Duke" asst. titanium, Damascus, etc.
Saber, folding "ARNOULD, NAMUR" Belgium c.1900
Sheffield "MAPPIN, BROTHERS," c.1850s
Wright, Richard, left-hand customs, Damascus

Volume 9 Number 3
Boker #715, traditional "springer", lever-action
Colt, trap-door release mechanism
Frosolone, Italian w/weight scale c.1800s
Hubertus "Guardian" model w/swing guard
Italian "FROSOLONE" w/built-in scale c.1800s
Mar, A."Auto S.E.A.R" w/presentation case
Mar, Al "S.E.R.T." cnc-milled coil
Masters of Defense, "CQD" model, cnc-milled coil
Paragon, "ATKO" Model 10, cnc-milled OTF
Richter, John C. customs, embellishment/Damascus
Smith & Wesson, "Twist-Release" action

Volume 9 Number 4
China, asst. copies of popular designs
Delta Z Mini high-tech coil
G.T. Knives, Mini high-tech coil
Italian, w/cleaver "overblade" -sheath, c.1810
Knife-lighter, nato-type OTF
Latama picklocks, various styles
Paragon, Harley-D avid son logos
ProTech "Mini O.T.F."
S.W.A.T. front-opener w/charging handle

Volume 10 Number 1
Ackermannchen, Italian w/torsion bar kickspring
Al Mar mini "S.E.R.T." cnc-milled coil
Dalton, Robbie, "Arc Angel" cnc-milled
Dalton, Robbie, "Militia Guardian" cnc-milled
Dalton, Robbie , scale-release cnc-milled
Flersheim Reinganum & Co., Sheffield c.1850s
Kit-Pop, toy combination switch
Microtech "Kestrel Hawk", cnc-milled coil
Microtech "LLC" bolster-release
ProTecb "W.R.Clark" model, coil
Sheffield c.1850s dbl. action mechanism

Volume 10 Number 2
A.A.Marks PressButton c.1900
Dalton, Robbie "FTW" model
Dalton, Robbie "SOF" model
Dalton, Robbie "Waco" model
Omega, "Crane Ice Cream" gun figural c.1900s
Pickocks, assorted Italians
Piranha Knife Co. cnc-milled coil
PressButton "Folding knife & fork " c.1900
PressButton rare pro totype w/safety, tortoise
Ruger "All Weather Knife"
S.W.A.T. "Centurion" compact OTF cnc-milled

Volume 10 Number 3
Black Beauty picklock, 23cm Italian
Dalton, Robbie "ASP", cocking OTF, cnc-milled
Dalton, Robbie "Cupid" cocking OTF, cnc-milled
Diamondback, nato-style OTF action, cnc-rnilled
Maniago, "Maserin & DeNardo" shotshell bolster
Maserin & DeNardo, Maniago shotshell bolster
Miller Bros. c.1884 gravity OTF
ProTech "Sidekick", mini cnc-rnilled coil
Vintage, "barrel"-shape novel. Ori gin unknown

Volume 10 Number 4
BURN, Paul Panak, Italian-styled customs
Fishtail, Italian c.1950s 33cm, unique design
Italian, 14cm lockback w/coil kickspring
Kom's Patent, c.1880s , mother of pearl
Panak, Paul "BURN", Italian-style customs
ProTecb, "Godfatber" , cnc-milled coil
Voros & Schatz, Germany, novel mechanism

 

Articles Featured in
The Newsletter

Scroll Down to View Articles

 
 

Volume 1 Number 1
Automatic Knife Resource Guide and Newsletter introduction
Switchblades - The Contemporary Scene
Switchblade dealer guide
The "Spetztatz" ballistic knife

Volume 1 Number 2
Volume 1 Number 2
UPDATE: Switchblades - The Contemporary Scene
Q & A with David Parker
Custom automatic knives at their best!
The "COMBAT" knife

Volume 1 Number 3
Out The Front: Front-Opener Switchblades
Hibbard, C., dirk, c.1866, patent drawings
McGovern, Bernard OTF, c.1884 patent drawings
NATO OTF, detailed schematics

Volume 1 Number 4
Bauer, AX, coil kickspring c.1896, patent drawings
Pull-Ball , Schrade c.1944 , patent drawings
THE LAW - State by State
Profile in Precision: John Hoskins

Volume 2 Number 1
Origins of the Switchblade Knife Act
Will Hanna's PORTFOLIO OF PATENTS
THE LAW - Part Two
COILS: A Kick from the Past

Volume 2 Number 2
Kaufman , E c.1904 , patent drawings
Combat Automatics - Harry S. Oliver
"Lookin' for Switchblades In All the Right Places" - Jeffery King
Ones Man's Quest: A Switchblade Tale - J. Gus Field

Volume 2 Number 3
Hubertus, Factory visit
Rogers, L.U Defender Knife-Pistol c.1916, patent drawings
Rarest Case Switchblade - THE ZIPPER!
The 18th annual OKCA Show in review.

Volume 2 Number 4
Erickson, E.C./Queen Cutlery c.1948, patent drawings
From Prototype to Production
Halloween Heirloom - J. Katrenick

Volume 3 Number 1
First switchblades
PUMA! The Real Deal!
ITALIANS, ITALIANS, ITALIANS

Volume 3 Number 2
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE or Cough up some of that hard currency, Comrade!
"Pocket Knife-Snap Blade" - U.S. Government Issue
Rhode Island Goldsmith & Cutler - William James McHenry

Volume 3 Number 3
Knock-offs/Quality - Prof. Dan Fuller
The 19th Annual OKCA Show
Forget "The Needle" folks, THE VIPER is here!
Spring Steel Olé - Spanish Spring Steel

Volume 3 Number 4
Switchblades/weapons? - Prof. Dan Fuller
VALLOTTON + MAR = S.E.R.E.
Book Reviews: KNIVES OF THE WORLD - Jean-Noel Mouret, KNIFE ALBUM - Col. Robert Mayes

Volume 4 Number 1
Movie switchblades - Prof. Dan Fuller
Schrade, G.M./Pull-Ball c.1944 patent drawings
Schrade, G/Pull-Ball variation c.1936, patent drawings
Whitehouse, W.T., coil kickspring c.1878, patent drawings

Volume 4 Number 2
Movie switchblades - Prof. Dan Fuller
Diamond Edge "Safety Press Button Knife" ad c. 1908
Before and After - Reese Torrit

Volume 4 Number 3
Switchblade Sisters review - Prof. Dan Fuller
Unwin & Rogers c.1790 - Dr. Pete McMickle
Switches of History

Volume 4 Number 4
Origin of word "Switchblade" - Prof. Dan Fuller
French c.1770-1790 - Dr. Pete McMickle
Rockin' a Hard Place - Bill McHenry

Volume 5 Number 1
Jack Benny with Peter Lorre 1950s - Prof. Dan Fuller
lbberson & Co., George c.1850-1875 - Dr. Pete McMickle
Jerry Rados - steel weaver

Volume 5 Number 2
Ken's interview - Prof. Dan Fuller
Bunting & Son, R. c.1837-1868 - Dr. Pete McMickle
Latama - The Golden Age of Switchblades

Volume 5 Number 3
"Switch-Flicks" - Prof. Dan Fuller
Kruschke c.1890 - Dr. Pete McMickle
Kruschke , R.C./w/button c.1891 , patent drawings

Volume 5 Number 4
Switchblades in movies - Prof. Dan Fuller
Pryor - c.1820-1845 - Dr. Pete McMickle
Early American - American Spring Steel from the 1940's

Volume 6 Number 1
The "Golden Age" of switchblades - Various types of collecting - Prof. Dan Fuller
Marshes & Shepard, Pond Works, Sheffield c.1840s - Dr. Pete McMickle
Switchblade lapel pins by Jason Williams

Volume 6 Number 2
Switchblades and the law - Possibility of switchblade show/meeting/convention - Prof. Dan Fuller
Unmarked, most unusual style/embellishments 19th century and coil fired - Dr. Pete McMickle
Sewing thimble w/coil fired blade c.1940

Volume 6 Number 3
First mention of "Switchblade Sisters" to rent - Bogus switchblades to watchout for - Prof. Dan Fuller
French sommelier's knife w/addl. penblade and corkscrew c.1880s - Dr. Pete McMickle
The BIG and Small of it! Italian display switches.

Volume 6 Number 4
Background on the makers of "Switchblade Sisters " - Entomology of the word switchblade - Prof. Dan Fuller
Rodgers & Sons, Sheffield, seaman's knife w/marlin spike - Dr. Pete McMickle
DRAGONSLAYER - MicroTech's new front-opener.

Volume 7 Number 1
Switch blades at shows - A talk with a fellow switchblade fan - Prof. Dan Fuller
Korn's Patent w/engraved, sculpted gutta percha scales, presentation knife - Dr. Pete McMickle
The Rumble, "Hot Time in a Cool Town"

Volume 7 Number 2
Switchblades and the internet - Several switch releated websites - Prof. Dan Fuller
Sheffield knifemaking tools, pommel molds c.1800s - Dr. Pete McMickle
Handmade Knives by Chuck Stewart

Volume 7 Number 3
Switchblades in movies - A look at the movie, "The Cross and the Switchblade" - Prof. Dan Fuller
Graefenberg, Navaja display knife - Dr. Pete McMickle
The Rumble, "Interview with The Viper"

Volume 7 Number 4
Searching for switchblades in the 60s - Looking for books on switchblades - Prof. Dan Fuller
Rogers, Sheffield w/high relief figural scales, mother of pearl spacers, Lingard-type action c.1830s - Dr. Pete McMickle
Jerry Rados - Master of the Forge

Volume 8 Number 1
The "AK-47" Russian-made switchblade-s-Covert switchblades - Prof. Dan Fuller
Bunting, Sheffield - Dr. Pete McMickle
Folding guard, mother of pearl scales, no markings - Dr. Pete McMickle
The Rumble, interview w/Charlie Dake

Volume 8 Number 2
Switchblade knife and the "Little Rascals" - Criminal use of a switchblade - Prof. Dan Fuller
PressButton salesmans sample-Unusual model - Dr. Pete McMickle
The Rumble, "The Magna Cutter"

Volume 8 Number 3
First switchblade - Friends and switchblades - Prof. Dan Fuller
Butcher's Superior Cutlery, Sheffield c.1800s - Dr. Pete McMickle
The Rumble, "Why Trash Paradise"

Volume 8 Number 4
Switchblade finds at knife shows - "Transition" switches - Prof. Dan Fuller
Samuel C. Wraggs Celebrated Dirk Knife c.1840s - Dr. Pete McMickle
The Rumble, S.O.C. (*Stream of Consiousness)

Volume 9 Number 1
Switchblades on ebay and blade auction - Switchblades in "Rebel Without a Cause" - Prof. Dan Fuller
Wolf, Schaffhausen, D-handled saber switch almost two feet o/a - Dr. Pete McMickle
The Rumble, Rizzuto Estileto

Volume 9 Number 2
Switchblades and pop culture - Switchblades in movies and song - Prof. Dan Fuller
Mappin, Brothers, Sheffield c.1850s figural pommel - Dr. Pete McMickle
The Rumble, "Brave New World"

Volume 9 Number 3
Research use of word "switchblade" - Vintage switchblade prose - Prof. Dan Fuller
Frosolone, c.1800s w/weight scale built into rear pommel - Dr. Pete McMickle
The Rumble, "The Mechanism"

Volume 9 Number 4
Tang stamp hunt begins - Knife repair/restorer interview - Prof. Dan Fuller
Frosolone w/cleaver "overblade" sheath c.1810 - Dr. Pete McMickle
The Rumble w/Knife glossary

Volume 10 Number 1
Tang stamp hunt continues - "Automatic Knives: A classification" - Prof. Dan Fuller
Flershiem Reinganum & Co. Sheffield dirk c.1850 - Dr. Pete McMickle
The Rumble , S.O.C.*

Volume 10 Number 2
About collecting - Tang stamp hunt continues on - Prof. Dan Fuller
PressButton dbl. ender prototype w/sliding safety, tortoise scales - Dr. Pete McMickle
PressButton Folding knife & fork w/ "A.A. Marks, New York" etched - Dr. Pete McMickle
The Rumble , Knifemaker's Guild & such

Volume 10 Number 3
"Blade Show in Atlanta - Tang stamps added to list - Prof. Dan Fuller
Dalton Front-Openers
MANIAGO - Maserin & De Nardo

Volume 10 Number 4
A friend's passing away - Profile of collector - Prof. Dan Fuller
Kom's Patent, "Criterion Quality", mother of pearl scales - Dr. Pete McMickle
The Rumble, S.O.C.*

Volume 11 Number 1
"Dealing in the Dark: Collecting Switchblades in Post-Ban America" - Prof. Dan Fuller
The First Picklocks From Maniago in Over 40 Years
A new "S.W.A.T." from Advanced Technologies

Volume 11 Number 2
Frosolone, Italy
The Wilzin Automatic Knife - Dr. Pete McMickle
Weidmannsheil "Magnum #26" Display Knife

Volume 11 Number 3
2002 Blade Show recap - Prof. Dan Fuller
Maniago á Trois - Tim, Dan, and Brad in Italy
Air-Tight Double-Action Autos

Volume 11 Number 4
Black Beauty Switchblades - Prof. Dan Fuller
FOREIGN SPRING STEEL - Vincent Federico: A new switchblade book you must have!
Latama BIG TIME!

Volume 12 Number 1
Interview with Mark Erickson, author of Antique American Switchblades - Prof. Dan Fuller
Spring Steel Most Elegant
Southpaw Spring Steel

 
     
 
 
Click here to buy
The Newsletter
Complete Set
All 45 historical and priceless issues!
 
 
     
 

Click to sample
memorable articles from
THENEWSLETTERARCHIVES
 
Volume 10, No. 3
Black Beauty
 
Volume 10 No. 1
KitPop, Vol.10 #1

 
Volume 7, No. 3
Graefenberg Display Knife
 
Volume 7, No. 3
Gebruder Krusius Knife
 
Volume 8, No.3
How to tweek a 33cm Latama

 
Volume 6, No.3
Esser Pistol Switchblade c. 1895
 
Volume 6, No.1
MicroTech Masterpiece
 
Volume 11, No.4
Mikov Knives
 

See what the authors
of Switchblades of Italy have to
say about THE NEWSLETTER


 


"I’m just a guy
with a passion
for knowledge
on any subject
that captures
my imagination...

 
 
 

In early 1992, spring steel became an object of my fascination. For the record however, this was not a novel fascination. As a kid in the 1950’s, I’d been seduced by the colorful counter displays at local hardware stores offering an array of Sure-Snaps and Schrade double-enders along with the Imperial push-buttons that were as ubiquitous as leaders and weights in our fishing tackle boxes.

Unfortunately however, the intervening years had demonized such a simple concept, an incredibly useful tool that could be utilized by one hand while the other was perhaps holding a piece of rope, cardboard or errant thread, was now seen by many as an iconic weapon — too vile, too dangerous, with no redeeming value in contemporary society. After re-discovering a couple older knives from my youth, I was curious to see if there were others who shared my fascination for these mechanical wonders. Well, gad zooks! Not only were the knives themselves as scarce as hen’s teeth, any information on the subject was elusive as well.

After making a couple of finds and diligently backtracking only fueled my interest in learning more. I decided to create my own venue and cast a wide net in the form of display ads in a dozen or so publications I felt would yield the best results. For those of you not looking for spring steel sixteen years ago, here’s what I went up against—Two of the most prominent knife publications at the time refused my ads because I used the word “switchblade” in it. After some negotiations, a third publication let me go with “automatic” instead. It didn’t take long, but the response was most gratifying. I heard from like-minded fans from all over the planet.

THE NEWSLETTER began as a labor of love and remained so. While it provided me with a wealth of information, I gained the most joy from sharing that information and providing a nexus to bring others together. I am so tempted to acknowledge the individuals who were so generous with their time, energy and collections—All of which contributed to the unique resource THE NEWSLETTER became. However, while many wished to share their passion anonymously, others ambivalent and some unabashedly seeking credit—All have earned my deepest respect and gratitude. (Plus after all these years I’d feel terrible if I left anyone out).

So the rest as they say is history, and THE NEWSLETTER is a vibrant collection of switchblade history. For myself however, I am passing torch here—The very mantle that is THE NEWSLETTER and all it has been so that the work of all those years and the many that contributed to making it happen can be both discovered and rediscovered by fans of spring steel.

From your humble editor, Enjoy."

 
  This is probably the most sensational picklock to grace the pages of THE NEWSLETTER...  
 

The origins of the traditional Italian-styled switchblade is one of those elusive, often asked details. THE NEWSLETTER has presented some picklocks over the years where an educated guess provided a prewar origin. Well Dear Readers, the 33cm picklock on this issue's cover is an honest-to-goodness, without a doubt, MOST vintage, pre- WWII, Italian style switchblade.

This beautifully struck, crisp tang stamp, "PREMIA T A, SOCIETA -COOP, MANIAGO" was the designation of a group of knifemakers from Maniago, Italy. A lavishly researched account of Maniago's cutlery manufacturing history refers to the origins of this tang stamp, used by its makers from 1920 to 1923.


 
 

Welcome to a very special place, The Newsletter Archives!
Sources for ALL automatic knives since 1992.

 

The Newsletter is a unique compilation for the Switchblade/Automatic knife fan. Sheldon Levy’s Newsletter was first published in 1992 was a labor of love from its inception and has remained an informative and insightful for each issue of its 11 year run.

It became the central meeting place for collectors and the ONLY source of information for automatics. Sheldon offered a forum and a clubhouse for collectors, devotees, and aficionados to the world of spring steel, as we know it today.

 

Each of the 45 issues contained photographs, informative articles, maintenance and repair tips, the latest trends, and resources of all kinds of automatic knives.

In addition to offering rare vintage knives and new knives for sale, we have added all 45 rare, historical and priceless back issues of “The Newsletter”.

The Newsletter Archives!
Devoted to spring steel since 1992.

 
Save 10% when you buy 4 volumes, 15% for 5 to 11, and 25% for 12 or more.
Buy the complete set, including original and second printings, and save 40%.

Please Wait.....