Jimmy Lile Sly II Survival Knife
9" Bead Blasted Blade Stamped LILE / No Dot
12 Sawteeth: 8 Split and 4 Rake
Double Lugged Guard Drilled for Lanyards
Hollow Handle w/ Black Cord Wrap
Removable Knurled Butt Cap w/ Compass
(early knife with old style compass)
Johnson Sheath w/ EZ Lap Sharpener
Summary: unused with original edges, an excellent example of an early model (mid 80's) Sly II. The bead blasted blade finish with some rubs on the front side from sheath insertion, relatively common and may clean up a bit with some gun oil like Break-Free. No scratches, the knife has definitely not been used. The black cord wrap is original and in nearly new condition -- the original early version compass is in the butt cap and functions properly. Overall excellent+++ or better condition, a very nice knife suitable for use or collection / investment purposes.
The original Johnson sheath is in excellent+++ condition with a few scuffs here and there, all minor. A bit of darkness on the front belt loop and around the sharpener tube, rather typical of a sheath this age. The Johnson shop stamp is on the back belt loop, the original EZ Lap sharpener had some tarnish / verdigris on it but will clean up nicely. Johnson was making Sly II sheaths for Jimmy from the beginning, it and the early style compass help to date the knife.
8 photos for review – no case shown but I’m sure I can convince the seller to include one. All said and done, this is an exceptionally nice long-bladed Sly II that has never been used, one that has obviously been tucked away most all it's life. This is very fair price on this knife – most sellers with a Sly II in this condition would be asking $2000 or more. Thanks and good luck.