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#6076189 - 12/10/15 02:13 AM Lile "Big 7"
DH3 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/18/14
Posts: 276
Loc: Katy
I have a Jimmy Lile "Dot" knife. It is a Big 7 drop point hunter. I bought it shortly after Lile's death when gun shows were still alive in the Houston Astrohall
Not trying to sell it, would just like an estimate of it's current worth.

#6076222 - 12/10/15 05:55 AM Re: Lile "Big 7" [Re: DH3]
hetman Offline
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Registered: 02/15/15
Posts: 1597
Loc: Addison Tx
"Lile, Jimmy (1934-1991) (Craftsman)
Lile was the Russellville craftsman best known as "The Arkansas Knifemaker." His patented "Lile Lock" folding knife is displayed in the Smithstonian. He also created the original knives used in the first two Rambo movies starring Slyvester Stallone. His wife continues his work and world reknowned masterpieces

There was a period of time where Greco and the remaining employees were making Lile knives. These are identified by a dot over the Lile name on the blade. Regardless the shop closed a few years ago.

Jimmy has been dead for many years now. For a while after his death, his wife Marilyn as noted above kept his shop going with the aid of key people, most importantly Lynn Griffith who supposedly was Jimmy Lile's shop foreman. The knives made in his patterns after his death were marked with a dot over the I to differentiate whether they were original Liles, or post death pieces.

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#6076867 - 12/10/15 11:47 AM Re: Lile "Big 7" [Re: DH3]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 11/18/14
Posts: 276
Loc: Katy
hetman, I know the Lile story..I am asking for an estimate of the dot knives value.

#6080231 - 12/12/15 04:23 PM Re: Lile "Big 7" [Re: DH3]
blackcoal Offline
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Registered: 01/19/12
Posts: 7520
Loc: 60 Mi North of DFW
I do not know the value, I did know Jimmy and he made me several knives plus I traded some extensive 35mm photo equipment for some knives back in the early 1980's. Wonder if anyone in A.G.Russell could give you an idea since at one time they were handling many custom knives on consignment???
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