I was doing some internet searching to explain EK knives to a fellow LF and came accross this:

 

KA-BAR Acquires Ek Commando Knife Co.

I’ve always been a fan of Ek Commando knives. They have a certain look that distinguishes them as their own entity, and now KA-BAR, a knife giant in and of itself, announces the acquisition of the Ek Commando Knife Brand.

 

Ek Commando Knife was created in 1941 by John Ek in Hamden, Connecticut. During World War II, Ek Commando Knives were restricted to military personnel. The knives featured serial numbers that were recorded and kept for tracking and identification. Luminaries ranging from Gen. George Patton, President Franklin Roosevelt and actor-turned-soldier Clark Gable owned Ek Knives during the Second World War.

 

Ek Commando Knives have served our military in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and countless other hotspots around the globe. Today, Ek continues to be a staple of the United States military.

Ek Commando Knives made by KA-BAR will be available for purchase in 2015.

 

Don't know if its a good thing or bad thing.  Maybe better distribution, but maybe a loss of what the EK brand was in its own right (NOTHING against Kabar).

 

Enjoy classic Eks here: https://www.lightfighter.net/topic/classic-ek-knives

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 I had one of the cord wrapped bowie style EK's and carried it when I could as a grunt. Loved it. Sold it not long ago, because I couldn't justify the drawer full of knives I have, including two(at the time) Striders..saw an EK at the gunshow and almost went for it.

 

 I know they've changed hands a few times, and had some less desirable years.."Effingham, Il" marked one's I think...

 

 I guess all we can do is wait and see...

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I'd like to see it get back to what the original intention of EK knives was - affordable knives for active duty service members. They were nothing fancy, but they were well made to serve a service member in the field during WWII. Blades were carbon steel with an appleseed/convex ground edge. Handles were made from maple and could be sanded to better fit the individual service member's hand. The handle scales were secured with poured lead - added heft, and if the grips started to come loose you could tighten it up by pounding it with a rock/hammer.

 

One of the knives I would most like is the EK #4 New Guinea Brush Knife. I handled one at BLADE show and fell in love with it. I'm actually discussing with a knife maker right now if he could recreate it.

 

Here's hoping it goes well.

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I can't speak for what it will mean for the Ek brand, but after speaking with Ethan Becker at SHOT for the last couple of years, he is very happy with the product that KA-BAR is putting out with regard to his designs.

 

I have both original, and KA-BAR versions, and although I thought the finish looked rougher, Ethan told me that he thinks that the finish they now use is more durable than the one he originally applied to his knives. The other features appear identical, apart from the markings.

 

Regards.

 

Mark

Formerly known as ML

I have 3 EK's. I just can't seem to wantt o get rid of them. Kabar has done some good blades. Hopefully they will continue this with the EK brand.

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I have an Ek Agent that I intend to carry at some point; I just have to get a sheath made the way I want it to do so. The first experiment didn't really work. The sheath that it came with is a leather slip case that is wholly inadequate for actually carrying it.


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Kind of a necropost, but Kabar has release the first of its EK line:

http://www.kabar.com/knives/detail/215


Definitely not the same price range as EK made models, street price might even
be under 100 bucks.

Supposedly, there are other models to follow.  I wonder if they are going to
make the Model 5 Bowie and offer 550 cord wrapped models like the classic
designs.

I'd really like to finger fuck one of these, but I just have no use for large dagger.

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I hope they make some classic versions that are clones of the originals with those thick brass guards and those classic Ek grinds. The Ka-Bar product looks well done. 


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I'm excited and glad to see that Ek knives will continue as an American brand.  I am especially proud to see them produced by KABAR in Olean, NY, for a couple of reasons. First, it's my hometown.  Second, my father worked at the ALCAS Cutlery factory in Olean for 15 years.  During that time he made a ton of KABAR knives.  Looking at the new Ek model, I think it really marries the two brands.  Well done.

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Very cool  I would really like to see them do one with a little more substantial guard but that's a great first step. And considering that it's American made and the price it's tough to beat.

 

I'm with aegis...absolutely no valid use for one but it sure is cool 

 

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Hopefully they will do the same thing with the Mk5 bowie that they did with the dagger.  I love my Mk5 but it would be nice to have a sacrificial "field" abuse model for camping and hiking.

Please note: not an aspiring inner city "yout" trying to turn my life around...  one "g" two "oo's" like NPH's 80's era TV show.  

 

If you have to ask your buddy if you are on fire, you are four to five seconds behind the "stop, drop and roll" power curve.

I had a chance to check out one of the EK Kabars at a local retailer the other day.

 

I have to say it is a very solidly built and knife.  Despite my original doubts on it "not being a real EK" the feeling on the knife is as good as the EK bowie I have yet.  I never handled an original EK dagger, so I can't compare exactly.

 

The sheath is really a fine piece of work too, but does not have MOLLE attachment for those interested in it. 

 

Like was being said on a couple posts, I really have no use for a large dagger, but I almost had to put the coin down on it.

 

Supposedly from what I'm reading, Kabar's next EK iteration is going to be a bowie.  No idea on timeframe though. 

 

 

 

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More EK goodness....

 

Model EK3 is about to be released...

 

http://www.kabar.com/knives/detail/216

 

Single edge, false edge, still dagger profile. EK made a model like it. 

 

Maybe a Bowie in short order?!?

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Model EK5 BOWIE is now out. 

 

http://www.kabar.com/knives/detail/217

 

 

 

 

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I don't understand doing such a faithful rendition of it and still putting the thin guard on it. 


Those of us who know must save those that don't from those that think they do.

"If you count 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'".-John Wayne as Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man

My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.-Exodus 22:24

How are these working out?  Does anyone have comments on how the Kabar/Ek's are performing?

 

 

 

 

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I have had a Model 4 since they were first available.

I have not used it, as it sits in my collection alongside a bunch of Chris Reeves, Spartan Blades, Mission Knives, Boker made Applegate-Fairbairns, original Beckers, Gerber MkIIs, some old Fairbairn-Sykes, etc.. It appears very robust and well made, with both the knife and sheath made in the US. I have a liking for spearpoint blades, especially double sided daggers, and the EK is on my short list if I had to choose just one.

I know there have been a few comments made about the thickness of the guard, but I don't feel that it is necessary for the guard to be any thicker.

In fact, from what I know of the history of these knives, John Ek did not feel a guard was necessary, something that he more than adequately demonstrated. The guard was added later, due to requests, and historical models appear similar to the current ones, with a wide variety of sizes and shapes, from no guard to both curved and straight guards of various lengths.

Originals:

Current:

Regards.

Mark

Formerly known as ML

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