Gil Hibben Raptor knife
The Gil Hibben Raptor knife is a limited edition collectors knife created by the celebrated knife maker Gil Hibben.
Gil Hibben is a renowned custom knifemaker and President of the Knifemakers’ Guild. He has created knives for film and television, including notable models such as the hunting knife used by Sylvester Stallone in the Rambo films and a range of weaponry used by Klingons in the Star Trek film franchise.
Hibben has worked as a knifemaker since 1964, and designed the first range of browning hunting knives in 1968. In the late 1980s he formed a partnership with the Taiwanese company United Cutlery to produce limited edition reproductions of the Rambo knife, and a series of annual ‘fantasy’ knives
The Gil Hibben Raptor knife
The Raptor knife was part of the annual Gil Hibben/United Cutlery series, released in 1994. The knife is perhaps the most famous of the entire series, and one of the most popular and successful model s created by Hibben.
There were four versions of the knife produced, in varying numbers. These are:
- Original Raptor knife – Model #UC750 – 7,500 produced
- Raptor Mortal Kombat knife – Model #UC750-MK – 7,500 produced
- Raptor Gold – Model #UC750-G – 1,500 produced
- Raptor Bronze – 15 produced by Hibben himself in 2005
How much is a Gil Hibben Raptor knife worth?
The price of Hibben Raptor knives depends on the particular model and the condition. Standard 1994 original and Mortal Kombat edition knives can be found on sites such as eBay for around $40 - $60, whereas the more limited editions fetch higher prices due to their rarity.
A Raptor Gold can sometimes sell for more than $200 depending on its condition, and the highly limited Bronze editions with certificates of authenticity have sold online for between $400 and $500.