1970's Classic Combo; Browning Sportsman Series 4518 knife/Olsen Knives Sheath
1970's Classic Hunting Combo; Browning Sportsman Series 4518 with handsome Olsen knives (OK) Sheath.
In the 1970’s Browning produced a series of knives considered to be among the finest knives Browning ever offered.
In 1968, Browning introduced a line of cutlery in the form of 3 fixed-blade hunting knives and a folding knife designed by Custom Knifemaker Gil Hibben decades before Rambo III or Star Trek movies made him famous. Designated the Sportsman’s Series they were well designed hunting knives, both folding and fixed blades made to complement Browning’s firearms in the field.
The original set were reported to be produced by Ichiro Hattori in Seki, Japan who later produced additional knives for Browning.
The Model 4518 – Skinning, Hunting Knife The knife was generally designed for the hunter that skins his game. Capable of dressing any trophy animal with its deeply curved 4.5” blade contour and serrated spine will deftly cape the trophy for your taxidermist. The blades were 440C and the handles of Stamina Wood or African Ebony.
This knife is unused but developed a bit of rash on the blade (see Photos) while being stored. The original sheath looked like it fell in the fire, fortunately the knife was elsewhere (original sheath included). Teamed it up with a great Olsen OK (Olsen Knives) sheath from the same era: Olsen Knife Co. Howard City, Mich. c 1950-1985. Founded and operated by Lee E. Olsen. He made both pocket and hunting knives. After 1970, he contracted his knives from Solingen, Germany. They went out of business about 1980.
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