|ciao Fred, |
We have seen history of your travel to Italy and I wanted to give you some corrections. My grandfather Rocco Petrunti learned to make knives from his father Leonardo and his uncle Felice Petrunti. My grandfather never made switchblade but at the end of the year 40's helped his eldest son Leonardo Petrunti in realizing the prototypo of the switchblade ( the I showed you in my workshop) .Then my uncle Leonardo made swicthblades marking CAMPOBASSO. IN the shop of my grandfather used to work for him Raimondo & Nicola Di Iorio one the Di Iorio brothers (the other is Felice). Piscitelli never worked for my grandfather, but Gelsomino Piscitelli who made switchblades was a very close friend of my grandfather Rocco Petrunti. One of the Di Iorio brothers founded the FOLGORE together with other partners .Felice Petrunti was never a partner of the Folgore because he was born a lot earlier than these founders.The multi purpose switchblade that you saw in my shop probably commission by the father in law of my cuosin (Member of the Giordano family who is also in the production of knives) to Gelsomino Piscitelli and brought in the USA, and in return my cousin send it back to Italy as a gift to me. Precisely until the end of the year 60's the knife makers of Frosolone used to handforged all the knives they produced the they started to used the stamped products from Maniago. Hope you can make the corrections specially regarding then parts that PIscitelli is the apprentice of my grandfather.
We are very happy about your article that you made the connections between Frosolone and Maniago as knives producers and sites all the persons connected to these traditions. Hope you are well and your family. Hope to hear from you very soon.
Rocco & Ching