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Mini Rizzutos

Post by gunner » Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:16 pm

The recent attention to the tiny 6 1/4" swing guards from Italy got me thinking about the little Japanese copycats. I love these, haven't seen one for sale or trade in years. Here's some pics of the only 3 I acquired back in the day. The only one with a story is the yellowish, off white one. It was found inside a house wall being torn down for renovations...in London!

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Re: Mini Rizzutos

Post by Jackalope » Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:13 pm

Those are soooooooooooo cool. and in such nice condition.

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Re: Mini Rizzutos

Post by boblees812 » Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:53 pm

Wow. Those are killer

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Re: Mini Rizzutos

Post by Chris51P » Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:02 pm

Those mini Rizzy's are fantastic! I've been collecting REM's for several years and didn't know that there was such a thing. Do you happen to have an REM with the lockback blade release to close the knife? Not the traditional BO/BC. Again, very nice knives.

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Re: Mini Rizzutos

Post by JulesVane » Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:59 pm

Beautiful! There’s just something about the minis that are beyond cool!
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Re: Mini Rizzutos

Post by gunner » Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:54 pm

Thanks guys! I'm glad you like them.
Chris51P, yes I've owned 4 or 5 of the lockback Rizzutos in different sizes, 7", 10" & 11". I only have 1 left, a very nice 11" with white scales. Those seem to have dried up as well. Haven't seen those available in a long time.
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Re: Mini Rizzutos

Post by BrianK » Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:15 pm

Those are cool !!!!

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Re: Mini Rizzutos

Post by Chris51P » Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:34 am

gunner wrote:
Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:54 pm
Thanks guys! I'm glad you like them.
Chris51P, yes I've owned 4 or 5 of the lockback Rizzutos in different sizes, 7", 10" & 11". I only have 1 left, a very nice 11" with white scales. Those seem to have dried up as well. Haven't seen those available in a long time.
If possible, please post a pic. Those are so different... love seeing them.

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Re: Mini Rizzutos

Post by gunner » Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:44 am

Sure, here's a link to an old post of mine right here on talkblade

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Re: Mini Rizzutos

Post by TRYKER » Tue Apr 14, 2020 3:27 pm

nice to see you posting again GUNNER
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Re: Mini Rizzutos

Post by picklocksrock » Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:02 pm

😯 Wow I love those things! Lucky you, they are Beautiful!
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Re: Mini Rizzutos

Post by Tom19176 » Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:56 pm

My friend had one of the small blade handle ones in the 1970s. Cute little knife

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Re: Mini Rizzutos

Post by JimBrown257 » Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:50 am

Gunner! How's it going? Nice to see you around again.

I have some of those 6" Rizzutos. The step-bolster Batwing seems to be the most rare of the 6"s. Based on what I have seen, the 6" is the second most rare size. The 8" is the most rare. 8.5" is the most common.
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Re: Mini Rizzutos

Post by gunner » Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:30 pm

Hello JimBrown & Tryker! It's great to be posting and seeing you two, too! So that's where all the mini rizzutos have gone! Awesome collection, I've never seen that many at once. I've only run into one single 8" rizzuto style and it's a weird one. A penguin in a circle tang stamp and reddish brown jigged bone patterned, plastic scales. Similar in looks, but higher quality than what's seen on the vintage Japan switchcombs. It's cool to see a gap filler between the 7 & 9 size. Come to think of it, I've only seen one 8" manual Italian swing guard in the classic stiletto pattern also.
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Re: Mini Rizzutos

Post by JimBrown257 » Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:13 am

Yeah, I have one of those 8" fake jigged bone ones. Mine has a Rostfrei stamp (which I have only seen on the unusual Rizzuto models). Another collector here had a 9" and an 11" of those ones, one of which had the Penguin stamp. The fake jigged is one of those notably higher quality ones with the flat top bolsters and non-decorative bails.
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