Originating in Calabria, this knife with a straight, pointed blade has a handle in a style which is most typical of Scarperia. It has a trim composed of two round ring nuts, similar to the “Florentine” one, although smaller. It is supposed that a new version of typical Calabrian knives was made in the past by artisans of Scarperia, who, as often happened, adapted them to their own tradition. This is a model in solid horn tip.
In the picture: handle in solid horn tip.
Handles vary in colour from light to caramel through black. Regional knives are artisan knives that recall the most characteristic Italian production, often linked to diverse customs, such as fishing, hunting or farming, but with one thing in common – an intensive use of what was once an indispensable tool.
The production of regional knives in Scarperia has very ancient roots; the wide production of ‘cutting irons’ – the ancient name for all cutting tools, in the centre of Mugello included numerous models of pocket knives destined for different areas of Italy outside Tuscany and which, for this very reason, followed the traditions of those areas.
In time the regional knife acquired a new symbolic and conceptual value, a link to the land and to the close following of traditions. This is why the processes linked both to the production of regional knives and the materials used have become increasingly sophisticated and valuable. What has never changed is the method, which to this day still follows the Fifteenth and Sixteenth century master knife-makers. Consequently the knives are produced by hand by skilled artisans, finely finished one step at a time in every little detail and finally decorated with painstaking engravings and noble materials.
In Scarperia, the most common version, already in use at the beginning of the Eighteenth century, has a wide blade and is probably derived from older models. Equipped with a spring friction locking blade, with a handle in solid horn tip, it is particularly strong and appreciated for purposes other than hunting.
Horn tip is used from the, most extreme part of the horn, the only part which is solid inside. This allows the entire handle to be made from a single piece of horn, in contrast with the normal procedure of assembling the knife with two sides or ‘cheeks’ of horn.
Fewer knife makers continue to use the tip of the horn given the complexity needed to work with solid horn, which requires considerable time and expert craftsmanship. Thus solid horn is exclusively reserved for the creation of knives of high value and worth.
A soft-fabric draw string pouch is included.
In the picture: handle is solid horn tip.
Handles vary in colour from light to caramel through black.
Presented in an attractive presentation box.
9 cm blade made of INOX stainless steel.
Length opened 20.5 cm.
Manufactured in Italy.