# 4720 / 78 cm long antique Spanish ratchet opening Engraved Blade Navaja de Albacete. Antonio Porlero 1904

Of the many appellations by which the Navaja is known, the two most familiar to all the Spaniards are the Albacete and the Sevillana. This huge exemplar is dated 1904 and measures 41 cm folded and 78 cm when fully extended. It features a long ,wide and pointy carbon steel blade which features a window locking mechanism with ten (10) ratchets cut out at the blades’ tang. Each ratchet is audibly engaged by the clasp’s spring catch as the dagger is being opened. More importantly, the ratchets are also engaged when the knife is being closed, preventing the razor-sharp edge from snapping down on the fingers. When the dagger is quickly pulled open, the ratchets scrape past the spring catch in rapid sequence. The resulting sound is known as Carraca. The blade is fully decorated and reads the wording * SOI FABRICATA EN ALBACETE POR ANTONIO PORLERO/ NON ME ABRAS SIN RASON NI ME CERRES SIN ONOR - ANO 1904*( I’am manufactured in Albacete by Antonio Porlero/ do not open me without reason or don’t close me without honour - year 1904). Handles scales are made of alternate engraved brass and pireced bone plates. The condition is excellent, blade in full profile and still razor sharp. It opens and closes properly with no play in the locked open position. No damage to note to the handles. PRICE UPON REQUEST
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