Historic Corsican Vendetta Knife

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Historic Corsican Vendetta Knife

The Vendetta Corsa is a typical historical folding knife of the island of Corsica, which closely resembles the Genoese knives. It is a folding fighting knife, the scale construction handle is made with fine deer antler, the blade is in c70 steel and is fitted with a traditional spring-lock movement.

The Corsican fighting knife

In the Corsican language, Corsù, there are three names for the instrument that has been the treasured companion of that freedom-loving island people for centuries: "Stilettu", "Spainu", "Pulsetta". More commonly known as the "Vendetta Corsa", the Corsican Vendetta Knife is a typical fighting weapon used in Corsica since the island belonged to the Republic of Genoa. Indeed, it bears an evident similarity with the Genoese fixed blades and the oldest Piedmontese knives. This knife, which could reach up to 30 cm in length, has everything it takes to be a lethal weapon. It is very sturdy and is mounted on iron liners; its spring lock is typical of certain French models, and it features a "forefinger guard" that prevents the hand from slipping towards the blade when striking. The handle was usually made of animal bone and featured a Moor's head motif, while the words "may my wound be mortal" and "Corsican revenge" were engraved in the blade with somewhat sinister foreboding. Few objects can so intensely symbolise the aspiration for freedom and independence, the sense of life and death that are part of the Corsican spirit. In this context, the 'stilettu' also had strong protective connotations: held between the teeth with the tip pointing forward, it warded off the procession of death, the dreaded nocturnal encounter that could grasp the unfortunate traveller.

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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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