The name Stiletto originated from the Latin Stilus. It became the name for a flick knife or butterfly knife, synonamous with american crime.
To paraphrase from Chris Hughes
"The first legislation passed banning the knife was in 1958 (The US Switchblade Act of 1958), during a time of moral panic caused by Rock n’ Roll and movies like The Wild One (1954), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), High School Confidential (1955), and West Side Story (1957). These films showcased class conflict and rebel counter culture with unforgettable scenes of troubled youths brandishing their Italian Stilettos"