Elmer Keith

Vtg 1960s-70s Japan Guns & Ammo Hibben Design Elmer Keith Skinner Hunting Knife

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Bigger is Always Better - at least that was the philosophy of famous Guns & Ammo writer Elmer Keith who called this knife "husky." Gill Hibben designed and made the original of this knife for Keith in the 1960s. Then, the design was produced in Japan for Guns & Ammo which gave the "Elmer Keith Skinner" as a promotion to subscribe to the magazine during the late 1960s or early 1970s (see last image for advertisement, not included with listing, for example only). Now comes a rare chance to own an unused original. This is vintage old stock found in the original factory in Japan. May have light shop wear and signs of aging such as tarnish or light staining. Please keep in mind that these were made to a simpler quality standard than of today. We have provided a new Nylon sheath that fits well though a little long. Tak Fukuta was the first Japanese member of the American Knife Maker's Guild, and apprentice to Bob Loveless. He hand crafted fine quality knives that impressed his mentor. Over the years, his factory in Seki, Japan also produced knives for Parker, Valor, Gutmann, Explorer, Frost, and Browning among others. After his passing, several vintage old stock models were found at his warehouse. This knife is one of these rare finds and must have been one of the first production knives he ever made. Stock photos (sale is for one knife, others shown for example only).



Elmer Keith Skinner

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Vintage old stock with blemishes. Handling wear/aging with staining on blade and blemishes. Pommel may be loose and need tightening. Comes with new tough nylon Schrade Sheath (decent fit, but a little long)

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Folder Closed, or Fixed Overall Length:

9.625 " long

Blade Material:

Carbon steel

Blade Length:

Approx 5" long


Stacked leather with brass guard and pommel

Additional Notes:

Comes with new tough nylon Schrade Sheath (decent fit, but a little long)

Knife Type:

Fixed Blade

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