John Ek was a remarkable man living in Hamden, Connecticutt at the outbreak of the war. He was a machinist by trade and had begun making knives in 1939. Unable to serve actively due to a disability he channelled the resultant frustration into making fighting knives unlike any others. He also employed up to 40 people at one time, many of whom were disabled themselves.
He obtained special permission from the War Procurement Board for the use of his high-carbon steel, a stategic material and also sought the okay from the British high Command for the use of the term "Commando".
His knives were simple, rugged and a perfect example of form following function. A blade ground from 1/8" stock with either a one piece handle, or handle scales of hard maple, attached with poured lead rivets. The intent of the rivets being to add heft to the handle while providing a field-expedient means of tightening the handle.
My humble imitations of these American icons are forged from new 1095 steel and, like the originals have handles of hardwood held on with lead rivets. At present, I'm only suppying a generic sheath that fits either of the knives shown. However, it is based on an actual Ek design.
The top knife is a reproduction of Ek's #4, "New Guinea Brush Knife" while the lower replicates the wartime Ek #7.
Since Mr Ek would only sell to active duty personel, I'm going to follow suit in a small way by offering either of these knives, to active duty Soldiers, Sailors and Marines at Ek's original price, adjusted for inflation.
Others can purchase them for $175 plus $7.50 shipping.
To order e-mail me.