The switchblade knife is the magician of the cutlery world. It has been ignored, condemned, legislated out of existence, traveled over borders and across the ocean, nearly disappeared, but it has endured. Like the blade itself, it seemingly came out of nowhere, with a flash of steel and the sound of a buggy whip, ready for the task at hand. Inside The Art of the Switchblade are the best known examples from inception to World War II, the golden age of automatic knives. From England, France, Italy, Germany, and the United States of America, these are the crème de la crème, the best of the best.
Art of the Switchblade is a full-color hardbound book which features 160 pages of première switchblades from five countries. No previous book has included switchblades from England, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States along with accompanying ephemera and comprehensive information. All examples shown are from the pre-WWII era and many are from the 1800s. It is only through the contributions from several collections and historians from around the world that this grand book project came to be. Art of the Switchblade will inform and delight not just switchblade collectors, but all knife enthusiasts.
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