Sfarziglia Della Camorra Knife

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Sfarziglia Della Camorra Knife

The Sfarziglia is a historic Neapolitan camorra knife which, when opened, is between 30 cm and 50 cm long. The handle butt is shaped like a shoe, while the brushed steel blade is elongated and pointed, highlighting the knife's offensive purpose.

The traditional Neapolitan dueling knife.

The Sfarziglia is a historic fighting knife with Neapolitan origins. It was often used as a duelling weapon, in the dialect "a 'zumpata". The Zumpata (different from the 'declaration') was a sort of rustic duel with a knife (in the 17th century, known as 'smagliature' and in the 19th century 'sfarziglia') of which the 'tirata', or baptism of blood, of the camorristi was a sort of enactment. The Camorristi, after all, had already adopted the 'declaration', with the intent of imitating the chivalric rituals of the aristocracy. Using the knife rather than the sword, they endeavoured to prove their "worth" in this sort of fight. The zumpata required the contenders to have a profound knowledge of fencing, cat-like agility, extremely rapid movement, a dancer's lightness and the sharp eye that could only be achieved after long and arduous training. A zumpata was like a ballet. Two small, wiry opponents would crouch down on themselves, 'ramassés', offering their opponent the smallest possible target; then they would jump around on the tips of their toes ('zumpanno'), eying each other's movements. The lunge had to be like the dart of a cat's paw, quick like the snap of a spring.Returning to the knife, some had the handle butt shaped like a shoe, while others were rounded, and the release was embedded in the butt quillon. They were very thin in order to enable them to be carried in special pockets sewn into the inside of clothes and made entirely of iron, with the heel of the blade not touching the spring to make opening easier and faster.Unfortunately, with the custom of hiding them under the ground or under the floor, few original specimens have survived in good condition.

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