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Veronica W.





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PostPosted: Sun 16 Sep, 2007 12:04 pm    Post subject: oldest instance of stiletto with spring blade?         Reply with quote

Hello everyone,

Could someone please tell me when the earliest instance of a stiletto with a spring blade mechanism might have been?

I'm writing a novel based in 17th century Scotland and am in search of a weapon that would have originated sometime between 1650-1700. In my understanding, the Italian stiletto didn't become widespread until after about 1650. I've also gotten the impression that some "trick" blades, or spring-loaded blades, might have also been in use. Is it feasible that a spring-loaded stiletto would have existed?

I don't need hard proof -- well-educated flights of fancy are perfectly acceptable. Wink

Thanks much!

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PostPosted: Sun 16 Sep, 2007 12:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

"Spring-loaded" weapons were found in the context of "Combination Weapons".

You can see many examples here:


Spotlight: Combination Weapons

An article by Chad Arnow

When you speak of a spring-loaded stiletto, I'm uncertain what the mechanism would be accomplishing. Are you imagining a blade that shoots out or something? I've never seen any such thing.

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Veronica W.





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PostPosted: Sun 16 Sep, 2007 12:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Nathan,

I suppose I was imagining that...something along the lines of a modern-day switchblade.

That article gave me a lot to chew on, though. Thanks!

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PostPosted: Sun 16 Sep, 2007 6:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Veronica W. wrote:
Hi Nathan,

I suppose I was imagining that...something along the lines of a modern-day switchblade.

That article gave me a lot to chew on, though. Thanks!

Veronica


It depends on what you mean by stiletto ? The 1950 types of Italian made stilettos switchblades that were called " stilettos " I imagine because the blades were narrow and sort of reminded some people of " classical " stilettos.

Renaissance stilettos would be very narrow bladed dagger of triangular, diamond or square section blades but wouldn't be of the folding knife kind.

I could be wrong but I am wondering if you were assuming that all stilettos were of the switchblade type ?

How early would folding knives occur ? I think the Romans had some kind of folding knives of the friction type and some early " pen knives " might have been in use as early as the 17th or 18th centuries ? So a very early switchblade is a possibility but I'm not sure.

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PostPosted: Mon 17 Sep, 2007 12:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you, Jean! I think I was confusing the two types of "stiletto"...
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