Browning Sportsman Series Model 5518
While Browning is naturally known for its firearms, its knives are also well known to collectors. Several models were designed in the late 1960s for Browning by a young Gil Hibben decades before Rambo III or Star Trek movies made him famous. Designated the Sportsman’s Series they were outright hunting knives, both folding and fixed blades made to complement Browning’s firearms in the field. Like many other U.S. knife companies at the time, Browning had knives made in the U.S., Germany, and Japan.
Model 55 (later 5518) is an all purpose, large hunting knife. The blade of this model has a shape preferred by hunters. While it’s 5.5” blade is generally suited for big game, it is not at all unwieldy for upland game or the needs of a fisherman.
- 5.5” blade of 440C Stainless Steel
- Brazilian Rosewood handle with brass pommel and guard.
- Basketweave leather sheath
- Made in USA
This blade appears in original condition, handles and sheath may show handling. This knife is unique as both the knife and sheath were made in the USA. Most basketweave sheaths were made in Mexico.