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tion came about. “In the summer of 1981, Sylvester Stallone was a customer of Pony Express, a knife and gun store in Los Angeles.” John informs. “Sylvester Stallone had started collecting Jimmy’s knives and contacted him, instigating the prototyping for the first two movies.” The first Rambo movie was entitled First Blood and it would be the public’s first glimpse of Stallone wielding the now famous massive, buzz-saw-spine’d Bowie we are all familiar with today. According to John, “Sylvester Stallone received numbers 1 thru 7 of the First Blood knives. These featured a 9" 440C stainless steel blade with 14 saw-back teeth, a matte blade finish with polished edges, a cord-wrapped hollow handle with a compass in the butt cap, a guard fitted with both flat head and Phillips head screwdrivers, and an aluminum handled gents folder inside for cutting the cord on the handle. “Next up was the sequel entitled Rambo the Mission,” Hill continued. “The first Mission knife was an enlarged WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM version of the First Blood, with a 10" blade, 14 saw-back teeth, 440C with a black blade with polished edges. A second knife — the Mission Stiletto — was made of 1-piece of 440C stainless steel and one piece of solid Micarta. This was more of a boot knife and Sylvester Stallone carried it that way.” Reviving The Mission For several years John Henry Hill Jr. has been replicating Lile’s First Blood knife using custom knifemaker Vince Ford. This replica sells for $3,500 in a limited edition of 100 knives. Hill chose highly accomplished knifemaker Vaughn Neeley to replicate the Rambo “Mission Series” knives. Once that series was in the works Hill kicked everything into an even higher gear. According to John, “We teamed up with custom knifemaker Vaughn about a year ago and he is currently doing first class, custom quality remakes of several of Jimmy’s famous knives, including his Rambo the Mission movie knife and the stiletto from that movie. There are only 100 numbered sets of these being made. These knives can be purchased individually. The Mission knife sells for $2,250 and comes with an accurate replication of the original leather sheath with Eze-Lap diamond sharpener. We offer the option of a black Eze-Lap sharpener/butt cap on request. The stiletto sells for $850 with sheath.” But Hill and new partner Neeley weren’t content to stop there. Vaughn explains. “In addition we are doing a Continued on page 75 65

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