LATAMA Switchblade Knives

The legend began… when, LATAMA, the shortened term for the Latin America Import Export Company, was founded by Jacob (Jack) Polincovsky shortly after the end of WWII. At that time Jack Polincovsky had connections in the garment business and went to Milan Italy to purchase silk and other material. French and the British buyers purchased all the material available. As a result, Jack Polincovsky attended another auction and purchased British surplus knives, English single carbon blade locking knives with plastic checkered handles.
During his trip, Jack Polincovsky learned that the cutlery industry was re-emerging in Maniago, Italy and explored the idea of manufacturing cutlery. Unknowingly, Mr. Polincovsky was unconsciously establishing the foundation of what was to become the greatest of all switchblade-manufacturing consortiums. While there was never really a LATAMA “factory,” the home of Patriizio Pasquale (Master Craftsman) who was known for his Golden Hands, served as home base. There, Sam worked with Abraham Abramovits who played a key role in overseeing the production of LATAMA cutlery in Maniago.
In 1947, Sam (Polincovsky) Polk, was given the responsibility of running the company as CEO and traveling salesman for LATAMA. Beginning on Broadway in New York, Sam Polk sold his knives from coast to coast creating the legend that we know today. While LATAMA is primarily known for its switchblades, by 1950 the company had expanded into the promotional products business that included what is reverently and fondly referred to today as Gentlemen Knives.

Screech Jailed on Christmas for Brandishing an Automatic Switchblade Knife

It wasn’t a very jolly Christmas for Saved By The Bell alum Dustin Diamond.

On Thursday the actor – who played Screech on the popular nineties series – was arrested on charges of endangering someone’s life after brandishing a switchblade, reckless endangerment and carrying a concealed weapon during a bar fight, TMZ reported. 

The 37-year-old was taken into custody in the early hours in Wisconsin. 

According to the website, the actor was involved in a bar fight.

The Celebrity Fit Club alum and his wife allegedly got into a dispute with another couple at the bar because they were being photographed, the website reported.

After the couple exited the establishment, things escalated when Dustin’s wife reportedly pushed the woman, TMZ added. That is when the actor pulled out a knife, it was claimed.

The couple who Dustin argued with then fled before authorities arrived, according to the report.

He has not paid his $1,000 bond for release from a Ozaukee County jail, it was revealed by the site.

According to state regulations, owning a switchblade or any ‘blade which opens by pressing a button, spring or other device in the handle’ is against the law.

The star looked exhausted in his mug shot.

Diamond is a former child actor who got his start on Saved By The Bell.

The ensemble – that aired from 1989 to 1993 – was a massive success with the teen audience and also starred Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez, Lark Voorhies and Tiffani Thiessen. Leah Remini and Tori Spelling also appeared on the series.

He also appeared on the spinoff Saved By The Bell: The College Years, which was canceled after one season.

In 2006 he released the sex tape Screeched – Saved By The Smell. Later he told Oprah that he used a stunt double for the tape.

Dustin has been working in reality TV more recently.

He made an appearance in Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling in 2000, Celebrity Fit Club in 2007 and Celebrity Big Brother in 2013.

In 2009, Diamond published an inside story of the show’s cast and crew, from his point of view, titled Behind the Bell.

Diamond revealed in a 2012 interview that he has been married since 2009. He resides in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

In November he looked to be in good spirits as he co-hosted the Saved By The XIV party at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

On Tuesday, Diamond made a return to Bayside High School in a parody segment for truTV’s Friends Of The People, where the actor performed the role of a high school principal.

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Note To Santa: There’s A 95-Year-Old Florida Guy Who Needs A Switchblade This Christmas

Complaining that a 95-year-old neighbor has been harassing him, a 75-year-old Florida man called police Monday to report that the nonagenarian twice pulled a pocket knife on him–but that the older man did not have the strength or dexterity to actually open the weapon.

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Panama City police reported that the dispute between Charles Woolard and Joe Taylor dates back three years, when Taylor accused Woolard of stealing his walking cane. Since then, Woolard told a cop, Taylor has taken swings at him, but he has succeeded in blocking the blows.

The police report, which is excerpted here, mistakenly adds two years to Taylor’s age. He turns 96 in April.

Woolard, who denied stealing the cane, said that Taylor, “pulled a closed pocket knife on him twice,” adding that the older man “tries to open the knife but can’t.” Woolard remarked that, while he is not afraid of Taylor, he is “concerned he might have to act if he actually get the knife open.”

Police made no arrests in connection with the pensioners’s dispute

How to Chose a Knife

How to Chose a Knife

What Type of Steel Do I Need?

Probable the #1 question that is asked and one that is very important because:

  1. You want your knife to stay sharp for a long time, and there is no better indicator of the edge retention than the name/type of steel.
  2. You want to make sure that it’s a “named” stainless steel, if the make of your knife tells you that “it’s stainless” they are certainly not telling you much.

There are a variety of steel compositions, some are used to keep designs affordable, while others are used because they are the best steels available anywhere.

Common types of steel used in knife making include 440C, ASU-8, 154CM, VG-10, CPM-S30V as well as various Damascus steels.

Other factors in choosing a knife include the following:

How Will Your Knife Be Used?

  • Everyday: Are you opening boxes or cutting twine?
  • Outdoor Activities: Backpacking, Climbing, Hiking, Camping?
  • Hunting/Fishing: Are you field dressing game or cleaning/filleting fish?
  • Tactical/Survival: Do you need a heavy-duty knife that won’t fail?
  • Limited Edition/Custom: Are you a collector? 

    What Knife Features Do You Require?

  • Fixed Blade: Always ready for use and dependable.
  • Folding Blade: Compact, safer to carry and improved dependability with locking blade.
  • One-Handed opening: Has a thumb stud, blade hole or other feature to facilitate one hand opening of the blade. Some models are one-handed opening and closing.
  • Gutting/Skinning Blade: For field dressing game.
  • Thick Blade: For heavy duty tasks.
  • Lightweight: Use of composite or other materials to minimize weight.
  • Saw edge: For cutting wood or bone.
  • Sharpness: Stay sharp and is easy to sharpen. 

    What Type of Materials Do You Want in a Knife?

    Blade Materials
    A good blade combines good edge retention, ease of re-sharpening and rust resistance.

    • S30V is the best blade steel available. It is a high vanadium stainless steel with even higher edge retention.
    • 154CM and BG-42 are two custom steels with much higher carbon content, giving them higher hardness ratings and dramatically higher edge retention.
    • 420HC and 440C are stainless steels that provides excellent rust resistance, is easy to re-sharpen and have good edge retention.

    Handle Materials
    A good handle should feel solid and well constructed when you hold it. We suggest you consider a handle style and material that meets your needs and suits your preferences.

    • An ergonomic design provides comfort.
    • A rubber or textured handle provides a sure grip in wet conditions.
    • A wooden or stag handle adds beauty to the knife.
    • Plastic/Composite handles are durable under extreme conditions.

    By going through the above questions, you will be able to choose a knife that not only fits your needs, but one that you’ll be happy to carry and possible show off to your friends


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    Schrade Paratrooper Knife by BK Brooks

    This is a short quick guide on the M 2 WW II Schrade Paratrooper knife.

    1. If the Tang mark says Schrade Walden N.Y. USA versus Schrade Cut Co. Walden N Y the knife was made after World War II. Schrade Walden did make a paratrooper knife for the Army, it is not a M-2 but designated as a MIL-K-10043 and called it a parachutist’s snap blade knife. They always had a bail and a plastic handle that mimiced a stagged bone.The Schrade Walden tang mark was not used until 1946 and WW II ended in 1945.

    2. Look for,

    Schrade Cut Co. Walden NY on one side the tang and three patent dates on the other with jigged bone handles and very rarely walnut handles with a bail.The knives must have a bail to be Military Spec. It has just been determined that “PERHAPS” 1020 of the Schrade Cut Co. with bail M-2 were shipped to the Pacific right around June 14 1944 using a jigged plastic/celluliod handle. Or they could have been made for a cancelled order of 5000 in 1944. This makes them very rare- remember do not confuse them with plastic handled MIL-K-10043 made by Schrade Walden which has a slightly smaller frame. Whether the plastic handled model was ever issued to the troops is up in the air at this time, but it appears they were made to be issued. No documents have been found to date to show a celluloid handled Schrade Cut Co with bail were actually issued to the troops, but they were made before Schrade Cut Co was sold and became Schrade Walden in 1946.

    The knife should have a bail to be proper military issue. No metal jigged handles for Schrade Cut Co.. Frank Trzaska in Knife Worlds Nov 2006 “Military Edge” reveals that the National Archives documents show Schrade Cut Co. was the first model tested and used by the Army as the M-2.

    The other military issued M-2 is marked Geo. Schrade Knife Co. BPT CONN on one side of the tang and Presto usually with a 1940 patent date on the other. The knife should have a bail to be proper Military Spec issue. Jigged bone handle, black plastic handle, and metal handle painted black and made to look like jigged bone are kosher. Hawkbill blade is a rare one.Clip blade common. Metal handled model comes in 2 sizes.

    Also beware as WW2

    3. Schrade Walden, Camillus and Logan Smyth all made a orange plastic jigged handled air crewmans knife with a clip blade and hook blade. Schrade Walden made the first in 1957 then Camillus then Logan Symth. They are Military issue but are not WW II or Korean War.

    4. Schade Walden made a knife with a smooth bright reddish orange plastic handle. They were never military.

    5. Colonial Shur Snap knives are not military and made after WW II.

    6. Cole was right in his suspicions the Pronto knife was not military nor was the Edgemaster.

    7. Schrade Cut Co. or George Schrade’s Swing Guard, Forest King and Derby Hat Bolster Knives were not military issue. A soldier could have bought them in a hardware store during a war but they are not military issue.

    I have been asked if Schrade Cut Co. or George Schrade knives without a bail, lanyard staple whatever the terminolgy being used are M-2’s? To be a Military Specification officially issued by the army it must have a bail. There is oral history out there to the contrary, but knives were bought outside of military channels, there was a “Save a Life with a Knife” program funneling civilian knives to soldiers, but to be Mil Spec issued the M-2 knife must have a bail.

    Hope this helps. Your best defense is knowledge.