Monday, July 25, 2011

Gil Hibben Rambo III Knife

Gil Hibben is known for his fantasy knives and throwing knives.
What you may not know is that he is a 3rd degree black belt in Ed Parker's Kenpo Karate.
He's also famous for some of the Rambo knives. The knife used in the film "First Blood" was a very memorable survival combat knife. The knife in "Rambo II" was very similar to the one used in "First Blood". The first two knives were designed by Jimmy Lile. The knife Rambo uses in "Rambo III" took a whole new different look. And up until recently I wasn't a big fan of it.
But once you understand the reasonings, you may change your mind just as I did.
Since the 1960s Gil Hibben has been designing knives for Kenpo Karate, the basic design is also called the Parker Knife.
The "Rambo III" knife is in a way a spectacular hybrid, combining the Rambo knife with the Kenpo knife. The Rambo knives in the first two films were survival/combat knives. They had handy features to aid in survival. The blade itself was a no nonsense large Bowie knife that would do significant damage. The Rambo III knife seems to be designed purely for combat. The original prototype featured a battle axe looking blade that fit in the slot of the knife, like wings. This idea definitely showcases the other side of Gil Hibben, he is also known for his fantasy knives. The actual knife itself is pretty much a Bowie knife with all the details of the Kenpo Knife.
1. Slanted hand guard for thumb rest, called the "Chinese Fist", also comfortable for reverse grip.
2. Hand guard also designed for striking.
3. Bottom guard for grip security and for hooking techniques.

Only two models were ever made that featured the Rambo III knife with the spring attached secondary blade. Gil Hibben has one, and Sylvester Stallone has the other in his knife collection, amongst other Gil Hibben knives.

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