Since The Middles Ages, the Tuscan town of Scarperia has been a famed center of knives and cutlery production. Coltelleria Saladini in Scarperia is one of only four workshops left still producing knives. Based on historical patterns and materials, the Saladini collection is immediately distinguished by a stylistic renewal of forms with a particular attention to detail and the whole production process.
The history of lovers’ knives is deeply rooted in popular traditions of certain areas in central and southern Italy, dating back to the 18th century, when this type of knife was given as a token of love. The blades were engraved with a few dedicated words which told of mysterious tales and secret loves. The handles had white bone inlays which looked like eyes (known as dice eyes); according to tradition they were there to ward off the jealous gaze of anyone looking at your lover. Lovers’ knives are highly decorated pieces and consequently they are very complicated to make, although they still hold the same ancient charm as they did in times gone by.
Handle: plates AISI 304 stainless steel with studs
Blade: carbon steel engraved etching, hand-decorated spring latch
Handle: black buffalo horn with bone and silver inlays and silver tie
Comes in a wooden box.
Total length: 22 cm | 8,66 ”
Blade length: 10 cm | 3,94 “
Colors may vary. Colors in photograph are close but may not represent true colors.
Preorder from Italy.
Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
In stock items will ship immediately from our warehouse in the US.