From KnifePlanet: 34 traditional Italian pocket knives

“Traditional Italian blades” by Italian tattoo artist Valerio Lello. via KnifePlanet

The modern Italian nation is a federation of what for most of recorded history consisted of independent city-states. Like the amazing variety of cooking styles under the catch-all term “Italian”, their knives show similar regional variation. This piece is an excellent overview of 34 regional styles of pocket knives.

This piece does not lend itself too well to block quoting, there is a considerable amount of interactive clicking possible. You are better off checking the whole thing out for yourself. That said, here is one example.

From KnifePlanet: “Trip to Italy: The 34 Traditional Italian Pocket Knives”:

Zuava Di Scarperia

 The Zuava is a traditional knife from Scarperia. The name  comes from the french military regiment Zouaves, that were equipped with a similar blade. Handmade from the end of the 19th century, it’s a traditional knife from Scarperia (Tuscany). Even today, the Zuava is a functional pocket knife, not a self defense weapon.

The shape is very similar to the Fiorentinobut it’s different because there’s a metal layer inside handle making this knife very durable.

It was an indispensable tool to cut, eat, work and hunt, men wouldn’t go around without it. It was considered a very personal tool, jealously guarded, maintained and sharpened until completely unusable.

It remained unchanged throughout the years, and it is still forged following the traditional techniques.

There are examples from regions you have almost certainly heard of like Sicily, Tuscany, Lombardi, and many from some that I at least was not at all familiar.

A great read. Check it out.




  1. Chase M. says:

    Knife Planet’s site is down so the link isn’t working. I’ll have to check out the full article later.
    I have wanted to try out an italian Pattada pattern knife after seeing one online a few years back. It looks like (fourth knife down on the left of the first image) those knives can take a very keen edge with the relatively thin blade and the full flat grind they have.

    1. Roberto @ KnifePlanet says:

      Back up now. Sorry for the issue!
      Thanks for re-posting this. I hope you guys like it!

      1. Chase M. says:

        That is one comprehensive overview. The knife pics were excellent as well as the historical information about those patterns.

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