1996 Gil Hibben Kenpo Karate Knife Complete NOS
Model UC-950, Kenpo Karate knife came out in 1996. It is 12-3/4" overall with brown leather sheath. The Kenpo Karate cloisonné shield is inlaid in the wood handle. It is now out of production. The knife came out in 1996. It was licensed by Gil Hibben to United Cutlery and produced in Taiwan, China. It is just a beautiful knife that would be devastating if used defensively.
This Finely Crafted Knife is a reproduction of the custom knife Gil submitted for his black belt thesis in 1968. Gil studied under Ed Parker, the undisputed "father" of American Kenpo Karate. Gil also made one of the Hibben/Parker Kenpo Karate knives for Elvis Presley, one of many celebrities who also studied under Ed Parker. The knife features a cloisonné shield with the Kenpo insignia.
It is just a weird, neat knife to collect as they seem to keep going up in value and are fun to handle.
Overall length: 12-3/4"
Blade Length: 6-7/8"
Blade thickness: 3/16"
Blade material: 420 J2 Stainless Steel
Handle material: Mahogany Staminawood, polished solid brass guard and pommel, brass and micarta spacers. Rat-tail tang
Sheath: Genuine Leather cordovan sheath.
This is NOS complete with original box, sheath, knife, blade cover and the Kenpo Karate Pin which you rarely see. The only condition is a small spot on the tang above ‘’stainless Taiwan’’ where it appears to be buffed.
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