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Gil Hibben First Production Run Editions or FPRs are a limited regular edition of the Hibben knives, generally they are marked with "First Production Run Signature Edition" and are individually serial numbered. The serial number ranges for the FPR knives has generally been between 5000 and 7500 distributed worldwide with some early version only having 750 numbered pieces. For more information on serial number ranges, models and dates of manufacture go to my Hibben Model Chart page.
1996 - Gil Hibben Kenpo Karate Knife - UC950 FPR of 1500
This finely crafted knife is a reproduction of the custom knife Gil submitted for his black belt thesis in 1968. Gil studied under the legendary Ed Parker, the undisputed "father" of American Kenpo Karate. Gil also made one of these knives for Elvis Presley, one of many celebrities who also studied under Ed Parker. The knife features a cloisonne shield with the Kenpo insignia.
Overall length 12 3/4”
Blade length 6 7/8"
Blade thickness 3/16”
Blade material 420 J2 stainless steel
Handle material Mohogany staminawood with a polished brass guard and pommel. Brass and micarta spacers
Sheath Top grain cordovan leather, imported