The Stiletto is a small, switchblade knife. It was the Close-Range weapon of the Al Capone gang.
The Stiletto had a folding, automatic opening design, allowing the blade to be unfolded with the push of a button. The blade is relatively long, slender, and straight, tapering to a needle-like point and having a vestigal cross-guard (much like the medieval daggers of the same name). Most of these weapons had a locking device to keep the blade locked in the open position. Knives similar to the modern stiletto have existed in the late middle ages in Europe.
- 5 inch blade
- 6 oz
- Steel blade
The stiletto was primarily for stabbing and thrusting, although it could also be used for cutting and slicing. The locking mechanism, combined with the blade's narrow, pointed blade, made it highly effective when thrusting, unlike most present-day switchblades.
Similar daggers became infamously used by assassins during the Renaissance. Many Europeans during this time wore long-coats or cloaks, which could easily hide concealable knives: creating the term 'cloak and dagger'.