AKC makes some great Italian stilettos. We just got a new one in. It is a 9″ knife with olivewood scales and brass bolsters. It looks very nice. The olivewood is a great touch which just improves a high quality knife. Like most stilettos, these snap open when you push the button on the handle. The smaller button lower down the handle is actually a sliding tab that locks or unlocks the blade. To close the stiletto, you push the side of the bolster that is between the handle and the blade. As you push the bolster to the left (if you are holding the knife with the trigger button facing you), the blade lock releases and you can push the blade back into the closed position. This knife has a very good spring in it. It opens fast and hard. This is a great classic knife. Check out our AKC Olivewood stiletto today.