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Anyone heard of Antonini knives?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Dan57, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Dan57

    Dan57

    Apr 8, 2012
    They're one of the only manufacturers of traditional Italian knives, (the Pattada pattern specifically,) who's products are readily available in the States. And, aside from a few mentions of one of their Sodbusters, they don't seem to have ever been discussed here. Is there anyone in this subforum who's ever owned one of their knives? And, if so, what was the quality like?

    Here's their website.
     
  2. Etidorhpa

    Etidorhpa

    29
    Mar 16, 2013
    No but thanks for bringing the company to attention. The NARMADA_TACT looks interesting.
     
  3. whetrock

    whetrock

    Nov 13, 2010
    The Maniaghese, looks an awful lot like my Robert Klaas "Brown Mule" Sodbuster that I enjoy so much and also bears Italy trademarks. Coincidence........
     
  4. puukkoman

    puukkoman

    Sep 30, 2004
    Cool, thanks for the resource. :)
     
  5. Harry Seaward

    Harry Seaward

    13
    Jun 30, 2012
    The 861 classic looks a lot like the Robert Klaas black angus large sodbuster (made in italy)
     
  6. Phil NuMex

    Phil NuMex

    1
    May 11, 2013
    Until recently Antonini (A. E. Coltellerie snc) had only limited availability in the US. A. E. Coltellerie snc is still a family-owned company and manufacture all of their knives at their facility just outside Maniago, a town and region rich in tool and knife-making history. They now have a US importer distributor with a US website, Non-BF vendor link removed. Please feel free to visit Antonini's home site or ours, or contact us with any questions you may have.
     
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  7. wouldestous

    wouldestous

    Jul 8, 2012
    ive seen the brand here while 'window shopping' online but i do not have any experience with the brand.
     
  8. trevytrev

    trevytrev

    May 4, 2010
    Whetrock is right about how similar they are to each other. I have the Robert Klass brown mule sodbusters that are made in italy and I also have a few of the Antonini sodbusters, they are identical to each other with exception to the writing on the blades. My guess is that Antonini knives made the Brown mule sodbusters for Robert Klass until recently, now the new Brown Mules are made in China:( I bought a coupe of their other knives as well, pretty good quality for the price. I'll try to post some pics tomorrow.
     
  9. whetrock

    whetrock

    Nov 13, 2010
    Dang, I didn't here that. Nothing against chinese stuff, it's just that I really enjoy the patina on my Brown Mule, and the fact that it's made somewhere, that isn't notorious for mass produced goods. They were reasonably priced, and sported typical Sodbuster F&F, kinda rough, but more than serviceable. I'm gonna hang onto mine. Hopefully Antonini will find some sort presence here, stateside.
     
  10. trey999

    trey999

    869
    Apr 22, 2011
    Another regional knife I have to get. I have an Eka, a Douk Douk, a Higonokami, a Mercator, an Aitor Castor on the way and now I want this.
    The one with the spear blade and the saw blade looks cool and under twenty bucks. Darn you enablers!
     
  11. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    I was given a 'Robert Klaas' Black Angus for my birthday a few months back. It was sold by a UK distributer as being made from 'High carbon Solingen steel', so when I saw it was marked 'Inox' and 'Made in Italy', I contacted him. Unfortunately, the man was so clueless he thought that 'Inox' wasn't stainless, but Uncle Andi kindly contacted Robert Klass to enquire about the steel. It seems that the Brown Mule and Black Angus knives, while carrying a Robert Klaas tang stamp have little if anything to do with the company (or with Solingen). They are licensed to an American company, who currently gets the knives made in Italy. Looks like they get them made by Antonini. Be interesting to see how the Antonini and 'Robert Klaas' knives compare price wise.

    Edit - Just to add, according to an e-mail between the American distributor and UK retailer I had sight of, both the Black Angus and Brown Mule are currently only being produced in stainless.
     
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  12. CJZ

    CJZ

    Dec 18, 2012
    Is it at least a decent knife?

     
  13. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    It's a very basic design, ABS handle, no liner, a fairly straight cllipped blade. I'm sure it's a handy enough little blade, but having expected it to be made of carbon steel I was disappointed when it turned out to be stainless (420 I think), and would have returned it if the dealer hadn't been such a pain in the backside to deal with. The knife's saving grace for me is that it was an inexpensive way of finding out I should shop elsewhere in future. It depends what you want really, it's OK, but not a patch on the Case Sodbuster in CV which Woodrow recently sent me.
     
  14. trey999

    trey999

    869
    Apr 22, 2011
    I just ordered their version of a TL29. Carbon steel blades, looks good in pictures. We'll see.
     
  15. trey999

    trey999

    869
    Apr 22, 2011
    I had to order this. I like it quite it a bit. Fast shipping, too. I ordered it on the evening of the 14th and it was in the mailbox on the 17th.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. whetrock

    whetrock

    Nov 13, 2010
    Looks useful. It screams utilitarian. An old school multi tool for sure. I like it.
     
  17. wouldestous

    wouldestous

    Jul 8, 2012
    ahhh, an antonini-made electricians knife. i asked about that one in the 'what are you totin' thread. its a nice-looking item.
     
  18. untamed

    untamed

    Jan 7, 2003
    Just had to bump this. An excellent assortment of both traditional and modern styles. I like how they added a lanyard loop to the pattada (I always attached a lanyard to my old SAK).
     
  19. Eric N. Peterson

    Eric N. Peterson

    13
    Nov 2, 2013
    I got one recently from Antonini. Nice service, came in a few days. Slight imperfection such as the blade isn't completely centered when closed, not a big issue as I do enjoy this knife. I eventually bought it since no other "Resolza" knife is't available through U.S. distributors other than Antonini. I've got the mid size 80mm, great for a light pocket knife with classy European look to it. Scales are ox horn and a stainless blade (came nice and sharp) with a great bay leaf contour. Nice looking knife. Excellent for what it's intended to do, cut sausage, cheese, bread and does great prep work for dinner (meat, veg etc..) Someday, I'd love to have a higher end Resolza actually from Sardinia (Antonini's are in Maniago) but for know, I'm really enjoying this one and I've been carrying it everyday since it arrived.
     

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