SOURCE: United Cutlery

United Cutlery

November 11, 2009 09:00 ET

United® Cutlery, Gil Hibben™ Partner on Release of The 2010 Valiant Sword

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2009) - United® Cutlery, the industry leader in licensed adult collectables, announced today it will release the Gil Hibben™ 2010 Valiant Sword, under license from renowned custom knife maker, Gil Hibben. Autographed and gold-edition swords are also available to reserve at BudK (http://budk.com/valiant), a direct distributor of United® Cutlery brand products. The swords are scheduled to ship around November 20, 2009.

The Valiant Sword, a limited-edition adult collectable in the annual "Fantasy Series" designed by Hibben for United® Cutlery, features a 420 stainless steel mirror-polished blade with double-edge styling and heavy fuller groove down the center. The guard, pommel and fittings are cast of solid metal with a chrome-plated finish. The handle grip is wrapped in twisted stainless steel wire. Special gold edition swords feature a 24K-gold-plated finish and include a wood wall plaque with brass medallion. The autographed edition includes a genuine leather sheath hand-signed by Gil Hibben.

"United® Cutlery is proud to have the exclusive license to manufacture custom designs from Gil Hibben," said Clint Kadel, CEO and owner of United® Cutlery. "His renowned reputation for designing some of the most amazing pieces over the past 50 years is unsurpassed by none other in the industry. His fan base speaks volumes of his dedication to detail and the art of knife design."

"Sylvester Stallone contacted me after working with him on the Rambo III movie and asked me to design a sword set for him," said Gil Hibben. "He wanted 'one you could rest your chin on and a matching smaller one.' When Sly calls me, I pull out all of the stops and get to work with my imagination. On this particular design, I felt guided by my inner inspirations, and the sword is the result of that 'inner guidance.' Sly was very pleased with the sword set and I am extremely proud of United Cutlery's reproduction of 'The Valiant.' This is probably the best sword design I have ever created; I think it will be an exquisite addition to the Hibben Knives collection."

For more information, or to reserve your 2010 Valiant sword visit http://budk.com/valiant. Request a Free BUDK Catalog at www.budk.com.

About Gil Hibben

Gil Hibben, a renowned custom knife maker who has been designing knives for over 50 years, has designed knives for top Hollywood stars including John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, Sylvester Stallone and Steven Segal. Gil produced knives for U.S. servicemen to use in Vietnam and his firsthand experience as an Alaskan hunting guide, a throwing knife expert and a sixth degree black belt in Kenpo Karate have contributed to his creating some of the most popular knives of the 20th Century. Mr. Hibben was inducted into the Cutlery Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Knife Throwers Hall of Fame in October 2003 for his many contributions to knife designs.

About United® Cutlery

With 28 years of branded experience, United® Cutlery continues to be the leader in producing top-quality licensed collectables. United® Cutlery strives to make knives and swords to the highest standards in the industry with superior materials and workmanship that are a step above the cheap imitations. In addition to G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, United® Cutlery is currently licensed to manufacture products for Devil May Cry® 4, God of War®, KISS®, Lynyrd Skynyrd®, The Lord of the Rings® and Highlander®.

About BUDK®

BUDK® offers high-quality, direct-to-consumer swords, knives, medieval and fantasy weaponry, air guns, and other collectible weapons. BUDK® was founded by Clint Kadel 20 years ago and has been a thriving success since. BUDK® distributes The BudK Catalog and operates the www.budk.com Web site. For a free catalog or to view the entire BUDK® product selection visit its Web site.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Michelle Hampton
    Vice President of Product Development
    United® Cutlery/BUDK®
    229.985.1667 ext, 212

    Angela Singletary
    Gio Public Relations
    612-309-1128