Historic Avigliano Crossbow Knife

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Historic Avigliano Crossbow Knife

The historic Balestra di Avigliano knife is made with fine buffalo horn and silver and brass finishes; the brushed blade is in c70 steel and finely worked with engraved motifs and the traditional closure is a simple spring-loaded movement.


The historic knife of Avigliano

Avigliano's historic knife, commonly known as the "balestra" or corssbow knife, symbolised the proud and resolute character of Avigliano's townspeople throughout the 19th and part of the 20th century. In the 19th century, the "crossbow" was already considered a valuable item: knives adorned with brass and silver were produced and traded at fairs. We therefore assume that its level of refinement, in terms of both precision of operation and decoration, did not take place until the last decades of the 18th century, in some blacksmith's or gunsmith's workshop. This can basically be deduced from tradition, which presents the "crossbow" as an object of the people, ready to be used, depending on the circumstances, by both men and women. The latter received it as an engagement present from their betrothed to better defend their honour, perpetuating a custom that was very much alive at least until the first decades of the 20th century. In the 20th century, the "crossbow" was already on its way to becoming an object renowned for its elegant lines and decorative appearance, suitable for an important gift or to be jealously treasured for oneself. By this time, the passionate nature of the people of Avigliano had changed considerably, partly as a result of strict legislative measures, especially during the twenty-year Fascist period.

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From the encounter between the raw material and the skilful hand of the man, high quality masterpieces are born, synonymous with creativity and elegance. The raw materials are carefully selected and modeled in a workmanlike way, the removal of the material, the forging of the blade and the cutting of the horn are still carried out according to traditional methods, guaranteeing the quality of manufacturing. Small imperfections and shapes that are never exactly the same as those shown in the photographs, testify to the artisan essence of the products, born to be beautiful to look at and to last over time, perfectly embodying the ideal of luxury of the unique handmade piece.


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*Deliveries in Italy are always free of charge (excluding major and minor islands), as is collection from the premises. Deliveries are made on working days, from Monday to Friday.

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