Near Mint In Box
UNITED CUTLERY GH2040A 2007 HIBBEN ANNUAL KNIFE
THE IMMORTAL - 50TH ANNIVERSARY AUTOGRAPHED EDITION
Strictly limited to 3000 pieces worldwide, each knife is individually serialized and presented with an embossed, imitation leather sheath personally autographed by Gil Hibben".
Includes a certificate of authenticity.
Handle material: Solid metal handle parts with chrome plated finish. Imitation amber grip with twisted wire accent.
• Overall length: 24"
• Blade length: 15-9/16"
• Blade thickness: 3/16"
• Blade material: 420 J2 stainless, double-edged
This is a RARE Gil Hibben sword! It is serial number 0000, new-in-the-box condition, in its original clear wrap and Styrofoam lined shipping box (which is marked with the factory pattern number: "GH 2040-A" and the serial number: "0000").
This sword has a 15-3/4" double-edged, leaf-shaped blade that has barbs on each side, near the guard. One side of the blade is marked with Gil Hibben's signature and: "50th Anniversary / 1957--2007", with: "First Production Run" and this knife's serial number: "0000".
The other side of the blade is marked with the Hibben Knives logo and: "GH2040-A / Stainless / Design 2005 UCC / Patent Pending / Handcrafted in China", with a copyright notice. Note: This is one of only three Gil Hibben knives I have seen that were made for United Cutlery in Sevierville, and were made in China.
The guard measures 6-3/4" tip-to-tip. It has a decoration that look like threads, five on each side of the guard. The pommel is a modified mushroom with a pyramid-type dome. The amber-colored handle has a five-part twisted stainless wrap. This sword measures 23-3/4" overall.
I asked David Hall about this sword. David Hall was President of United Cutlery when United was located in Sevierville, Tennessee and when this sword was designed and ordered.
David Hall wrote us a letter about this sword; here is an excerpt from that letter:
Congratulations on getting the Gil Hibben prototypes for The Immortal Sword!
These knives were to be our 2007 issue of Gil Hibben's Fantasy Series, and we were also marking them commemorate Gil's 50th year as a knifemaker.
Unfortunately, the financial problems of the time intervened, and we were unable to get the knives shipped to us.
The only examples of The Immortal Sword that I recall we got were one each of the steel edition, pattern number: GH 2040-A and the gold edition, pattern number: GH 2041. Our usual practice was to mark the prototypes with a prototype number, so we could keep them in the sample room, and wouldn't send the knives to customers, by mistake!
This knife is the steel edition, GH 2040-A, and it's beautifully made, and very rare! It is the production prototype from the first production run.
For more information about United Cutlery prototypes, please refer to the general letter I wrote you about our prototype marking methods, and how they evolved.
Best Personal Regards,
Past President, United Cutlery"
With this original prototype Gil Hibben Immortals Sword, you get this original letter about the sword from David Hall, who was President of United Cutlery when this sword was made, as well as the copy of the letter from David Hall about United Cutlery prototypes.
This sword is in its original box, which is lined with fitted Styrofoam, and the box is marked: "GH2040-A / #0000". There is no sheath or certificate--remember, this sword is the production prototype; the sheath and paperwork were not yet produced when United Cutlery in Tennessee declared bankruptcy, in January, 2007.
Rare and mint original United Cutlery (Tennessee) Gil Hibben The Immortals Sword, in the original box.