Lile Paring or Utility Knife Script Signed "Lile"
3-1/8" Blade -- 7-1/4" Overall Length
Small Brass Hilt
Hand Carved Brown Micarta Handle
Shop Issue Unmarked Sheath
New Maxpedition Carry Case
Summary: a very early unused Jimmy Lile paring / utility knife with the single line / single word "Lile" script signature. The knife probably dates to the late 60's, very early in Jimmy's career. The blade is 3-1/8" long -- overall length of the knife is 7-1/8". The blade looks pretty much perfect with original edge – the vintage brown micarta handle with thong hole was obviously hand-carved by Jimmy -- a personal touch and looks great.
The knife is paired to an ambidextrous Lile shop issue belt sheath -- unmarked and I'm not sure who made it. (probably John Lamb) Knife / sheath fit is great, a couple of scuffs and light spots that are no big deal.
7 photos for review -- as shown, a new Maxpedition carry case is included. There can't be many of these floating around with the early script and carved brown micarta handle -- this was from the collection of the late Tom Clinton and no doubt rare as hell. Had two but the other one sold -- thanks and good luck.