Lever-Lock automatic knife featuring gold dragon design over red background under transparent Lucite handle on front side, bull-and-matador with the word "Mexico" on reverse. Brass bolsters with patina appropriate to its age. Blade is marked "Stainless Steel." The best information I have is that these knives were actually manufactured in Asia, but sold as souvenirs to American tourists in Mexico during the 50's, 60's, and 70's. The quality of this knife is fairly good for a "novelty," better than the Italian souvenir switchblades from Venice. It is not a heavy-duty knife like a Hubertus or one of the late production automatics, but it is a known and sought-after commodity among collectors of automatic knives - and increasingly rare to find one in good condition.|
Blade has some slight scratches, but has not been distorted by sharpening. I have not sharpened it during the time it has been in my collection, and the blade remains medium-sharp. As seen in the second photo, there is a scratch (NOT a crack) on the back handle which looks almost like an extension of the bull's tail. There are some other slight scratches about 1/8" - 1/4" long on the front side of the handle, too; they are not obvious and the handle is not cracked anywhere. The knife closes tightly (the tip of the blade does not protrude above the handle when closed, as on some cheap lever-locks), snaps open strongly, locks up tightly with some very slight blade play but NO rebound ever.
This is a collectible knife, NOT an "everyday carry" or Tactical knife, but an attractive and interesting - and increasingly difficult to find - addition to any serious switchblade connoisseur's collection.