Antonini: Pattada Friction Folder
Antonini is a fairly small, and mostly unknown, company based in Italy that has been making knives since the Mid1920s. Their Pattada is a charming gentleman's folder named after the Latin word for Razor, or “Pattadese.” After using the Pattada for a few days, it certainly lives up to its Latin title. Antonini has incorporated brass bolsters, 420 stainless steel and genuine ox horn all into one, to form the unique friction lock Pattada.
With an overall length of 5.25 inches, and blade length of 2.25 inches, the Pattada is more than appropriate for small tasks, such as letter opening, slicing fruit and trimming rogue threads on clothing. A valuable observation during use was how the super slim design hides away nicely in the shirt or jacket pocket, with more than enough real estate on the handle to feel secure when in use. The Pattada makes for a great EDC companion around the office or at home when you need a minimalist choice of blade.
“SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS ‘TRADITIONAL,’ OR EVEN AS A ‘DRESS KNIFE,’ THIS CATEGORY STILL HAS ITS PLACE BUMBLING AROUND IN MODERN POCKETS.”