I haven't followed the diamond thread thus far, I don't have time. But for those who have been paying CLOSE attention to frame details, those heart, spade, club, diamond cutout fork tangs are stamped in Italy and have been around for years. The are frequently seen on Ron Cooper frames and a number of others, including my frames. The only way they really look good if if one takes the time to refine the rather blah shapes and make them look, well, not so blah. The tip of the spade and the stem need work. The stem of the club needs work. The heart needs work. Like I do them.
The only framebuilder that I know of who routinely cuts all four card suits in the lugs BY HAND, would be me. Try cutting perfectly placed miniture perfect spades in the small point if a Nervex pro lug sometime. The shape is what makes ALL the difference. Stampings don't cut it.
La Mesa, CA
Not wanting to offend any of the great builders, or hoping for some good
karma, e-Richie has used all of them (spade, club, heart, diamond) inside of
his forks. For example, see "GS's 2004 Richard Sachs Signature Details".
Angel Garcia, I want one Long Valley, NJ
> >We know clubs is Colnago and hearts De Rosa.
> >But what about diamonds? Please do not reply "Diamond