Gil Hibben Knives - Legendary Cutlery From The Master Knife Maker

Gil Hibben Knives - Legendary Cutlery From The Master Knife Maker

Posted by Clayton on Jul 8th 2021

To be a master knife maker you have to spend countless hours honing your craft. For Gil Hibben that was not a problem especially considering he loved the outdoors from his time spent in the Navy and being an Alaskan hunting guide.

You don't just become the head of Knife Maker's Guild or inducted into the cutlery hall of fame by being mediocre. Hollywood doesn't come knocking at your door asking for your help with knives for certain major motion pictures if you are just average.


Gil Hibben created his first knife, the "bowie knife" after he left the Navy in1956 and has never looked back. After selling his first bowie knife for $45 Gil decided to become a professional knifemaker and has made a lifelong career out of it.

Hibben's knowledge of metals came while working at Boeing Aircraft as a machinist and in 1964 began making knives full time. Gil started working with a then uncommon 440C steel (which is the now the industry standard) and claims he is the first to ever use it in knife making

Gil moved to Utah in 1965 and was responsible for designing all of Brownings line of custom knives. An avid martial artist (kenpo) and fisherman, a few years later Hibben would move to Alaska and would become a hunting guide and develop many fighting and hunting knives.


When hollywood comes knocking you kinda have to answer and that is just what Gil Hibben did. Some of his most famous collectors include:

  • John Wayne
  • Elvis Presley
  • Steve McQueen
  • Steven Segal
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Dan Quayle

Fame for Gil Hibben Knives took off when in 1988 Sylvester Stallone, an avid Hibben collector, called on Hibben to create a now famous knife for the movie Rambo III. The factory reproductions of that knife are one of the biggest selling production knives of all time, over 250,000 Rambo knives sold. Rambo III would be one of over 30 movies and TV shows that would feature Hibbens work including Star Trek Generations and The new Expendable movie franchise series.

HIbben Knives

Some of hibbens most popular production knives include everything from throwing knives, to machete's and throwing axes. Here is a list of the most popular Hibben knives:

  • Throwing knives
  • Swords
  • Fantasy knives
  • Machete IV
  • Bowie knife
  • Alaskan survival knife
  • Claw
  • Rambo knives
  • Belt knife
  • Double shadow
  • Old west bowie
  • Expendable bowie

It doesn't matter who you talk to, Gil Hibben is a knife making legend. He is respected by all knifemakers and his body of work speaks for itself. You can find Gil Hibben knives for sale just about anywhere you look.  Should you decide to own a piece of legendary cutlery history be sure and take a picture of it and let it be known your a Gil Hibben enthusiast!