Frank Centofante Stag Slip Joint, Lock-Back Folding Knife (SOLD)
Frank Centofante was one of the pioneers of the custom knife industry. Sadly, he passed away in September, 2009. He began making knives in 1969. He was a co-author of the book "How To Make Folding Knives". Frank served on the Board of Directors of the Knifemakers' Guild for 20 years, 9 of those years as President. He received numerous awards both nationally and internationally, and was granted a U.S. Patent for "Folding Knife With Secondary Locking Mechanism". He was inducted into the Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame and was a recipient of the Knifemakers' Guild Red Watson Memorial Friendship Award, which is the only award voted on by members of the Knifemakers' Guild.
This custom slip-joint folder with a lock-back demonstrates Frank's skill as an artisan and craftsman. It is an early piece, as you can tell from his Tampa, Florida mark on the blade. We are not certain of the blade steel, but it clearly has a beautiful hand rubbed finish. The scales are nicely matched stag, and we believe the front and rear bolsters to be stainless. The construction of this knife is near perfect - you cannot feel any of the seams between the bolsters and scales, or the blade and backspacer. There is a long nail nick. The blade opens smoothly, and locks open with a "click". The lock depresses easily, and the blade closes with a "snap". The fit and finish on this folder is amazing. And there is what appears to be a reddish brown material (possibly Micarta) between the rear bolsters. The blade locks up tight with no play, and sits well-centered in the liners when closed. There is no half stop on this one.
This knife came from the collection of the original owner. It has been well cared for, stored properly, and is in excellent, unused condition. The blade is perfect, as are the stag scales. The bolsters have some barely perceptible rubs from storage and / or handling, that could easily be polished or buffed out. There is no evidence of use, sharpening, or carry. Comes with a padded zippered case.
Condition: Previously owned
Never used, carried or sharpened
- Overall length: 5 7/8"
- Blade length: 2 5/8"
- Closed length: 3 1/4"