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    Question Kenpo knives by Gil hibben

    First off, united cutlery kenpo 1 or 2
    which is better.

    Secondly does anyone know why the kenpo 2 was taken off the market
    Does Mr Hibben have any plans of releasing these rare and sought knives?

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    Default Re: Kenpo knives by Gil hibben

    Kenpo 1 is a great knife. The Kenpo 2 is just the Alaskan survival knife done with the logo on in the handle, and embossed in teh leather.

    The Kenpo 1 is much easier to handle when staring off handling larger knives.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad View Post
    Kenpo 1 is a great knife. ... The Kenpo 1 is much easier to handle when staring off handling larger knives.
    Which means it is much easier to handle, period. I have a production run Kenpo-1, and I love it! It holds a place of honor on my wall, right next to my Randall custom Fighter-Survival knife. I'll take function over flash any time in a knife.

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    Default Re: Kenpo knives by Gil hibben

    I just love that look of the kenpo 2, its purely flash.
    I wish Mr Hibben would re release both knives

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedan View Post
    Which means it is much easier to handle, period. I have a production run Kenpo-1, and I love it! It holds a place of honor on my wall, right next to my Randall custom Fighter-Survival knife. I'll take function over flash any time in a knife.

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    I have both knives, and have them set up for dispaly but often take them and run over some drills. http://media.putfile.com/Knife-Drill
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Default Re: Kenpo knives by Gil hibben

    i disagree that the kenpo one is more functional, its single edged and heavy
    I do like the guard, you know increased cut possibility!

    I like the heavy thick sheath perfect for form 8

    Ive seen originals of the hibben kenpo knife, they are quite different than the production run knives.

    Kenpo 2 is double edged tear drop bladed wicked knife.These knive are equally functional. Honestly a knife that cuts and saves your life is functional.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NickName99 View Post
    i disagree that the kenpo one is more functional, its single edged and heavy
    I do like the guard, you know increased cut possibility!

    I like the heavy thick sheath perfect for form 8

    Ive seen originals of the hibben kenpo knife, they are quite different than the production run knives.

    Kenpo 2 is double edged tear drop bladed wicked knife.These knive are equally functional. Honestly a knife that cuts and saves your life is functional.

    The shape of the handle of the Kenpo 2 limits its ability to very quickly changed to a different grip. The finger groves in the handle don't always accomodate smaller hands confortably.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Default Re: Kenpo knives by Gil hibben

    I plan to owe both one day, but for now dreaming if fine!

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    Default Re: Kenpo knives by Gil hibben

    if = is

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedan View Post
    Which means it is much easier to handle, period. I have a production run Kenpo-1, and I love it! It holds a place of honor on my wall, right next to my Randall custom Fighter-Survival knife. I'll take function over flash any time in a knife.

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    "Fear is the true opiate of combat."

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    Default Re: Kenpo knives by Gil hibben

    thats very simular to the kenpo one , I like it!

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    Default Re: Kenpo knives by Gil hibben

    I thought so. I have never handled Mr Hibben's. I plan on adding one later in my Kenpo journey. When I was at a seminar in October, I was speaking with Mr Zach Whitson and he was showing off soem of his blades. They were very impressive.
    "Fear is the true opiate of combat."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronin6 View Post
    I thought so. I have never handled Mr Hibben's. I plan on adding one later in my Kenpo journey. When I was at a seminar in October, I was speaking with Mr Zach Whitson and he was showing off soem of his blades. They were very impressive.

    Here is the link to Mr. Whitson's company:

    http://www.ironmountainknives.com/
    "Fear is the true opiate of combat."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronin6 View Post
    A Randall Knife collector... I have a large collection of these knives that my father started me out with over 17 years ago. The most recent addition to my collection and one of my favorites is the Model 14 Attack. Just some of the finest blades I've seen.
    Th' man knows good knives!

    Randall has always been the best, in my book. I don't collect or anything, but I know quality and his are the best in every way- materials, craftmanship, function, design.

    You'd probably hate me for what I did to mine, thoough. When I got it, I soaked the blade in rust remover to darken it. I also tarnished the brass hilt. I got it while in the service, and it was intended to be a working knife. The only thing that shines on that knife are the razor sharp edges. It has stood up to a lot of hard use and never let me down.

    Keep the new fantasy blades and the super trick knives that are all flash and show. I'd be ashamed to even have one, let alone try to use it. I'll take a solid, functional knife every time. Beauty is found in function and workmanship, not swirls and sworls and bells and whistles and colors and ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedan View Post
    Th' man knows good knives!

    Randall has always been the best, in my book. I don't collect or anything, but I know quality and his are the best in every way- materials, craftmanship, function, design.

    You'd probably hate me for what I did to mine, thoough. When I got it, I soaked the blade in rust remover to darken it. I also tarnished the brass hilt. I got it while in the service, and it was intended to be a working knife. The only thing that shines on that knife are the razor sharp edges. It has stood up to a lot of hard use and never let me down.

    Keep the new fantasy blades and the super trick knives that are all flash and show. I'd be ashamed to even have one, let alone try to use it. I'll take a solid, functional knife every time. Beauty is found in function and workmanship, not swirls and sworls and bells and whistles and colors and ...

    Dan C

    It's your Randall. They are all unique and I guess you made it your very own. I'm not into the fantasy blades at all. I love the beauty of a functional knife. Either can be functional in terms of cutting, but I just love the feel of a good working knife for hunting, etc.
    "Fear is the true opiate of combat."

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    I really like some of Mr Whitsons knives. Top notch

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    Default Re: Kenpo knives by Gil hibben

    What do you think about the reprised version of the titan ie with LTKKA emblem on the blade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickName99 View Post
    What do you think about the reprised version of the titan ie with LTKKA emblem on the blade?
    I'll have to look that up. Never heard of that.
    "Fear is the true opiate of combat."

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    Default Re: Kenpo knives by Gil hibben

    I've seen it on ebay, frankly i was kinda upset when I seen it.
    Instead of producing more kenpo 1 & 2, we are going to slap an emblem on some other knife not even kenpo related!

    like the movie companies you know
    beta max
    vcr
    laserdisc
    dvd
    blue ray
    hd dvd
    re releasing the classic movies on each format but every format has something else to offer. capital gain

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    Default Re: Kenpo knives by Gil hibben

    I have both the kenpo knives by Hibben and they have been a nice addition to my collection. Just keep your eye out for them on e-bay, as they do appear from time to time.
    I also just received a Randall from my father-in-law. A very nice gift, considering the waiting list is 2-3 years to get a new one.

    I believe my next knife will be the Triton (out the front) by Masters of Defense (MOD).

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