Description"Rambo III" The Rescue Prototype Gil Hibben Bowie Knife with Leather Scabbard. 15-3/8 inches in overall length with a 10 inch clip-point blade with sawback edge. Top of crossguard marked: RAMBO III THE RESCUE / PROTO-TYPE #1 OF 20 and HIBBEN KNIVES / GIL HIBBEN (in script) / LOUISVILLE, KY. Right side of crossguard carved in to a Philips head tool. Green rope wrapped handle. Storage compartment behind removeable pommel cap with built in compass. Lanyard hole with leather wrist strap. Contained in unmarked black leather sheath. Excellent condition, leather showing some light storage wear; Gil Hibben sent these prototype knives directly to Stallone for his modification and approval before the final versions were made for film use; Stallone then kept them in his personal collection as he is an avid knife enthusiast.
"I believe this was the original concept for the Rambo III knife, before it went through the radical changes. This knife was a variation on the one Jimmy Lile made. We decided to let Gil create something much more original and this is what he did."
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