Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rocky Mountain Bushcraft lands first-ever review of Jimmy Lile "First Blood" Rambo Knife

RMB is honored and excited to have been granted the first ever field review of the world's most famous survival knife-- the Jimmy Lile "First Blood" Rambo Knife. Jimmy Lile was the famed Arkansas custom knifemaker asked by Sylvester Stallone to create the knife for the 1982 film "First Blood."

Rambo "First Blood" Trailer:

Although cheaper copies of the First Blood Knife have been on the market for decades, none of the handmade Lile First Blood Knives have ever been officially reviewed or field tested. This is due in part to the fact that any First Blood Knife with a "Lile" stamp on it goes for at least $2,000 for an un-numbered version, and up to $75,000 for one of the numbered knives used in the film.

There has been a lot of speculation about how an actual Lile Rambo knife would perform in real life. Compared to the cheaper copies that have been on the market for decades, the original Lile knife is a meticulously hand-crafted custom knife made with premium knife steel (440C, premium for its time, still a very respectable knife steel with the proper heat treat). Jimmy Lile was quoted as saying that despite its over-the-top appearance, the First Blood Knife was actually designed for real world survival.

The Jimmy Lile Knife Company (now owned by oil magnate John Hill), has granted RMB an exclusive, first-time-ever review of their First Blood Knife.

Hill has authorized famed knifemaker Vaughn Neeley (Timberline Knives, Emerson-Neeley SPECWAR Knife, etc), current knifesmith for the Jimmy Lile Company, to begin hand-crafting a movie-spec First Blood Knife for our review. We expect to receive the knife sometime in February. After roughly 30-60 days of field testing in the Colorado Rockies, we should be posting our review this coming Spring.

Want to see how the authentic Rambo knife performs in real life? Stay tuned! Make sure to "Like" the Rocky Mountain Bushcraft Facebook page or sign our email list on the right side of the page and we'll let you know when the review goes live.

For more information, visit Jimmy Lile Knives at:  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tip and Tricks: Loose Axe Head? Add A Second Wedge

If the head on your axe is coming loose, here's a relatively simple fix- drive in a second metal wedge. You may need to use one that's smaller than the original wedge for it to fit correctly.

I've used this trick on axes that wouldn't tighten after soaking the handles in linseed oil. Worked like a charm!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Off to SHOT Show in Las Vegas!

Hey friends, come Monday, Leah and I will be off to SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada! I'm proud to say that this will be the third SHOT in a row we'll be covering. If you're not familiar with SHOT, check out our January 2013 writeup for more info. We will be on the lookout for cool new survival tools/knives/gear/survival guns to share with you.

If you are attending the show and see us, make sure to say hello!



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Chiappa X-Caliber and M6 Field Test UPDATE

Unfortunately, we've had to halt testing of both the X-Caliber and M6 Survival Guns due to function issues, and are awaiting an official response from Chiappa before proceeding further. With SHOT Show coming up next week, it's unlikely that we'll hear from them until sometime after the show but we'll keep you updated as soon as we receive more info.



Photo: Beautiful dusk sky in the mountains

I captured this beautiful dusk sky after a day of field testing in the mountains using our new Nikon D5300 test camera.

Enjoy! Jason

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hello Readers!

Hope you are well and are off to a great start in 2015! FYI we haven't forgotten about the giveaways! Stay tuned for more info which will be posted soon.



Sunday, January 4, 2015

NEW ARRIVALS: Chiappa M6 and X-Caliber Folding Survival Rifles

The Chiappa M6 and X-Caliber Folding Survival Rifles have finally arrived! We will begin field testing them immediately, so make sure to check back for the full review (best way to be notified is to sign up on our email list on the lower right hand side of the page or by liking the Rocky Mountain Bushcraft Facebook page).

For those not familiar with these cool new survival guns, check out our First Impression Review from last January.


Jason and Leah

Chiappa M6 20 Gauge/.22LR

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Chiappa X-Caliber 12 Gauge/.22LR w/ multiple caliber adapters

For more information visit: