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Vintage Imperial Brand Candy Stripe Toothpick Switchblade

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Rare Vintage American Made "Imperial" (Prov USA) "Foil Wrapped"    Candystripe Switchblade..

1950's era piece with a 3 1/4" Clip Point Carbon Steel Blade.   Note the Candystripe Handles are a (Orange, Gold, Yellow Color Scheme ), slightly different color than other candy-striped models, as they are a (foil wrap), not a celluloid wrap. Manufactured toward the end of production in the late 1950's; with Steel Liners and Polished Steel Bolsters. Not many of these were manufactured  before production was halted in 1958.

Measures 4 1/4" Closed. Sliding safety works fine. Blade seats deep in the handle. Action is good and lockup is excellent..Blade does not lock open every time. 

Polished Carbon Steel Blade is full and has never been sharpened. Piece is a very nice example. Handles are near mint. Tang is stamped "IMPERIAL" "PROV. USA" with a crown above the small "i" in Imperial.  American oldies are becoming very hard to find in this condition..Considered "Very Rare" in Erickson's Vintage Switchblade book with a Mint Value placed at $400, this is overall very good to excellent condition.




Overall Length:7 1/2"
Blade Length:3 1/4"
Blade Material:Carbon Steel
Handle Material:Candy Stripe Foil Wrapped
Lock Type:Button