Classic Swinguard Stiletto

Classic Swinguard Stiletto

I've had this knife for over 35 years. It cost about $3.50 originally and has held up pretty well. The scales are hard black plastic and the remaining parts are stainless steel. The knife was made in Japan. Although it is neither assisted-opening nor automatic, I had to include it simply for the sake of nostalgia. If a JD couldn't afford a switchblade, he got one of these. The blade is actually of pretty good quality and I've used the knife for work purposes now and again. The blade locks in place using a classic back-lock mechanism.

  • MFG: Unknown (Japan)
  • MODEL: Unknown
  • TYPE: Manual
  • ACTION: Side-opening
  • MECHANISM: None
  • CLOSED LENGTH: 4.5"
  • BLADE LENGTH: 3.75"
  • PROS: Still tight and smooth after all these years, blade is slightly above-average in quality, swinguards are cool.
  • CONS: Back-lock tab sticks up a bit further than I'd like.
  • VALUE: Anything that costs less than $5 and lasts more than 35 years is probably of good value.
  • OVERALL OPINION: Sentiment and nostalgia make this a favorite of mine.
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