About Lile Knives, LLC.
Lile Knives, LLC. is owned by John Henry Hill Jr. who has a background of over 20 years in oil, gas and real estate. John’s hobbies include hunting and fishing, with an emphasis on knife and gun collecting. Once John started collecting knives, Jimmy, (James B Lile) became a huge part of his world. Jimmy Lile is known for creating the legendary First Blood Knives used in the movies Rambo First Blood and Rambo First Blood II – The Mission.
John’s relationship with Jimmy Lile spanned almost 20 years and ended only because of Jimmy’s death. Together, they did numerous business deals that always resulted in a favorable outcome for both.
An important part of the Lile family formula was John’s relationship with Jimmy’s longtime friend, Robert L. Rankin. Rankin did shows for the Liles, and John was almost always in attendance. Also, Bob Rankin managed and owned a store in Dallas called The Jimmy Lile Knife Store, a place which John frequented. Now, after 25 years, John calls Bob one of his dearest and most trusted friends— a testament to Jimmy and his choice of character.
In 2011, John teamed up with knifemaker Vaughn Neeley to make the “Next Generation” Jimmy Lile knives. Since that time, Vaughn has operated from a one-man shop in Colorado single-handedly producing eight Lile Knife models. We have had difficulty meeting the demand, so we are currently offering only the two movie models in two different finishes, for a total of 4 models. The highest finish level is the Cerakote™ Presentation Series, made entirely by Vaughn Neeley in both FB and FB II movie models. The Utility Series, also in both FB and FB II movie models, is made under Vaughn’s supervision and training in Vaughn’s Colorado shop.
Here’s what customers are saying…
(read all testimonials here)
Hi to all of the readers and interested people out there…it‘s me again…Chris
Recently I received the Presentation Cerakote Mission Knife. – Jesus, what a beauty ! Feels so good in the hand, looks extremely awesome…and again I had a tear in my eyes holding this „LILE“ knife handcrafted by you, Vaughn, in front of me…OMG ! – My heart was beating like crazy ! The sheath is so nice too ! Feels like a skin, the leather smells so fantastic and it’s done marvelous too…wow !
Dear Vaughn, I am so lucky and completely happy ! Many many thanks to you ! You are such a great person and each phone call with you is every time such a big pleasure too !
Wish you all the best !
August, 23rd 2022
So far I had the very big pleasure talking to Vaughn several times now since April 20th, 2022. Wow, such a great and nice guy ! I got my „Cerakote“ FB knife two weeks ago. When I opened the parcel and took „my“ knife and sheath in my hands I was absolutely speechless and totally overwhelmed. OMG so beautiful ! Pure art ! A piece of knife „movie“ history ! Thank you so much Vaughn ! You are a real artist ! – all the inputs here on this page reflect all that ! – Nothing more to add except…get you one if you are a collector, a knife lover or, of course, a Rambo fan !
June, 23rd 2022
I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that I am so very pleased with my knife. It is so beautiful and I absolutely love it. Thank you so much for everything. You truly are an artist Mr. Neeley and my knife is a masterpiece. I’m so honored that I was able to deal directly with you. Like I said you’re a celebrity in my house. The CPM 154 does have a beautiful finish, and the mirror polish on this thing is absolutely amazing. There’s not one grind line in the knife it’s so smooth it looks like mirrored glass. I’m so impressed with the raker teeth and how much bite they have. Absolutely beautiful in every respect. Mr. Neeley, you’re amazing and thank you again.
I’m a former Middle School Art teacher of 33 years, and large knife collector (bowies/survival knives). Never have I seen such absolute beauty and detail as in Vaughn Neeley’s First Blood, and First Blood II knives! His knives are a true work of art! The detail and care put into these knives excels any knives I have seen in this type of knife! Vaughn has been making knives a long time, in the 80’s I held his Timberline Survival Knife, but could not afford it at the time, even then his knives were absolutely beautiful. Thank you Vaughn, I have several of your knives, and I cherish every one! Thank you!
I own a Mission knife from Vaughn Neeley and it is absolutely stunning! The pictures here are only a fraction of how beautiful this knife really is. As I told Vaughn, it is a true work of art. His master knife making craftsmanship really shines with this knife. I am both proud and fortunate to be able to own this piece of history. Jimmy Lile would be most proud!
This knife by Vaughn Neeley is absolutely stunning. You really have to hold it in your hand to realize just how beautifully it is made. The mirror finish is breathtaking and the geometric curves are lovely. Everything, just everything, about this knife is perfect. I was so fortunate to get # 72 of 100. Thank you Vaughn.
This is one of the best knives that I have ever bought for myself and I ended up buying three more different knives, one more for me and the other two for my boys. See you can by a yogo or you can buy a Cadillac, and yep I bought a Cadillac. I did not buy them to hang on the wall, you can rely on the knives to do their job and do what they’re made for!!! You won’t be disappointed and that’s a promise!!! (Because I’m not.)
Vaughn is the best! My wife and me have 3 knives and each one is a showpiece! Worth every penny. Completely satisfied with product and customer service.
Superb craftsmanship. Mirror like polish on blade and razor sharp. Solid knife, best First Blood knife I’ve owned.
I’m a proud owner of a First Blood knife made by Vaughn Neeley. Not only is it very accurate to the original LILE movie knives, it’s also highly detailed, a true piece of art. Top quality including the sheath, which is also identical to the movie sheath…minus the “used worn” look.
The Mission Knife from First Blood II is my favorite Rambo knife and a true masterpiece of a knife. I have all the handmade original Rambo knives and The Mission Knife has become my favorite knife from the whole RAMBO franchise and therefore my favorite knife of all time.
This will have to be the knife that I can recommend the absolute most to people anywhere, collector or not. A better, more beautiful and more versatile knife you won’t find. The more I look at mine the more I like it.
Bought this knife recently and it’s just a beautiful and well made knife. Vaughn Neeley is a great guy and a pleasure to deal with. You can tell he takes great pride in his work and he knows how to deliver. The grind lines are super crisp, just perfection.
I just received the knife and it is as beautiful as you indicated. Everyone in the office is highly impressed with your workmanship. My family and I will cherish it for years to come. The next time I have a table at the Sandy, Utah gun show I plan on displaying the knife so others can see your work as well (knife not for sale). Thanks!
As you know the knives are amazing, I couldn’t be more impressed at how well they turned out, sheaths and all!
I received my knife today and I feel so blessed. It is beautiful with your great attention for detail and craftsmanship. I gave Scott the knife you sent and he was speechless. You are truly a good man!
I got my Rambo First Blood knife today. All I can say is OMG! It’s the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! Next to my daughter of course, but wow! It’s beautiful! Thank you!
Let me tell you, this is the most beautiful work of art that I have ever seen. Words can not describe the quality of the workmanship. My heartfelt THANKS!
I received the knife today. I will have to say this is the finest quality knife I have ever placed in my hands and I thank you so much for your time and effort with it. She’s beautiful. I hope to be able to purchase a Rambo 1 knife one of these days!
Got the knife this morning & it’s beautiful. Definitely worth the wait. Also, I really appreciate you going above & beyond as far as your customer service goes. You don’t see that a lot anymore these days, it meant a lot. Again sir, thank you for making it for me, it’s kind of a childhood dream come true to finally get the real deal. Thanks again!
Hi, I picked up the delivery earlier this AM. It looks great! My thanks to you for a beautiful knife.