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Switchblades of Italy Rare Leather-Bound First Edition

About the Authors:

Tim Zinser, Dan Fuller, and Neal Punchard, are all long-time knife enthusiasts as well as collectors. Each has a passion for the study of knives, continually searching for information about knives which they have collected. All three have published a variety of works.
Full-color dust jacket, 128 pages, 8 1/2" x 11"


This book starts the reader on a journey through time, with a short history of folding knives, leading to the evolution of the first switchblade. Progressing through time, wonderful photos illustrate the descriptions of switchblades. Throughout the book, highlighted sections showcase specific details that will be most helpful to collectors. Also included are facts about knife maker’s styles, patterns, tang stamps, and a complete illustrated glossary.

Contents Include:

  • The first-ever comprehensive publication about Italian switchblade knives, featuring knives and history from the late 1700s to the 1970s.
  • Pictured within this hardbound book are nearly 200 beautiful photos and ephemera of the most unique and rarest Italian switchblades.
  • Actual-size photos span more than two centuries of knifemaking history. Also pictured are catalog pages and advertisements, as well as historical photos.

Extensive research has gone into this book to present never-before-published information which clears up and dispels many myths. Entire sections are dedicated to the most sought-after knife making companies, such as LATAMA, Coricama, and Mauro Mario.