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    716-372-5952

     

    200 Homer Street

    Olean, New York 14760 USA

     

 

JOHN EK

founder/knife-maker

John Ek wanted to contribute to the American war effort during World War II.  From his shop in Hamden, Connecticut, Ek built custom knives specifically for soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. He even built a knife for the Commander-in-Chief, American President Franklin Roosevelt.

 

Mr. Ek, who also employed disabled Americans, produced six models of knives beginning in 1941.  He referred to these knives as “Ek Commando Knives” as they were purpose built for close quarter use that would become a hallmark of the US Marine Raiders, US Army Rangers, First Special Service Force, and Office of Strategic Services’ Operational Groups.

 

To purchase an Ek Commando Knife one had to send in proof of military service.  The knives were numbered and a log was kept to tie the number to the owner.

 

Americans have carried Ek Commando Knives in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and countless other locations in between.  John Ek’s knives live on today through Ek Commando Knife as a testament to his ideas, skills, and unflinching patriotism.

FAMOUS SINCE 1941

 

JOHN EK

COMMANDO KNIFE CO.

JOHN EK COMMANDO KNIFE CO. HISTORICAL TIMELINE

1949

Production moves to Miami, Florida. Knives marked "John Ek Knives, Miami, Fla."

1982

John Ek Knives is sold and production moves to Richmond, Virginia. "X-Head Fastener System" developed.

1993

Blackjack Knives Ltd manufactures "production" knives for two years.

1997

Model No 1 & Model No 2 knives re-introduced.

2004

Marine Raider / MCMAP knife  & Marine Raider Stiletto MkII™ is introduced.

1976

 John Ek passes & Ek family moves production to St Augustine, Florida.

2005

Ek Bowie - Model 5 was re-introduced.

2008

The Fairbairn-Sykes MkII™ is introduced.

2015

KA-BAR Knives, Inc. acquires John Ek Commando Knife Co. Production begins in Olean, New York.

1944

Hamden, Connecticut production expands to 3 shifts, 24/7 producing 10 different models.

1943

Production in the Hamden, Connecticut factory increases to 6 models.

1939

First John Ek Commando Knife is designed & named the Model No. 1

1942

First Special Service Force V-42 Stiletto is designed.

1941

John Ek starts producing knives in quantity in Hamden Connecticut, near Lake Whitney.

2015

The Ek Model 3, Model 4 & Model 5 are first knives released under KA-BAR production.

2016

The Ek/Spartan Dagger (EK101) jointly released - Limited production and serialized.

The Ek/Jarosz Boot Knife (Ek102) is introduced as another collaborative product release.