AKC Italian Swinguard Stiletto

AKC Italian Swinguard Stiletto

I have a fondness for swinguards. They're more complex than the fixed guard design and are, therefore, more expensive, but I think they're a lot cooler (and easier to carry). This is typical of a mid-priced knife of this type, with a marbled plastic handle and the traditional release and safety. Since the guards swing out, these knives can't use a bolster release for the blade. But the back lock works just fine and the blade locks up firmly. Like my other classic stiletto, the spring action is sharp and powerful. I like this knife a lot.

  • MFG: AKC
  • MODEL: Unknown
  • TYPE: Automatic
  • ACTION: Side-opening
  • MECHANISM: Leaf spring
  • CLOSED LENGTH: 4.5"
  • BLADE LENGTH: 3.75"
  • PROS: Neat swinguard mechanism, strong opening spring, blade locks very tight, blade is above average in quality, relatively inexpensive
  • CONS: Finish on scales is a bit rough (needs to be radiused).
  • VALUE: Good value for money, especially when compared to the cheaper stilettos out there.
  • OVERALL OPINION: Good, classic stiletto for the economy-minded, with the added attraction of swinguards.
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