JOHN EK COMMANDO KNIFE CO. USA
FAMOUS SINCE 1941
JOHN EK COMMANDO KNIFE CO. HISTORICAL TIMELINE
Production moves to Miami, Florida. Knives marked "John Ek Knives, Miami, Fla."
John Ek Knives is sold and production moves to Richmond, Virginia. "X-Head Fastener System" developed.
Blackjack Knives Ltd manufactures "production" knives for two years.
Model No 1 & Model No 2 knives re-introduced.
Marine Raider / MCMAP knife & Marine Raider Stiletto MkII™ is introduced.
John Ek passes & Ek family moves production to St Augustine, Florida.
Ek Bowie - Model 5 was re-introduced.
The Fairbairn-Sykes MkII™ is introduced.
KA-BAR Knives, Inc. acquires John Ek Commando Knife Co. Production begins in Olean, New York.
Hamden, Connecticut production expands to 3 shifts, 24/7 producing 10 different models.
Production in the Hamden, Connecticut factory increases to 6 models.
First John Ek Commando Knife is designed & named the Model No. 1
First Special Service Force V-42 Stiletto is designed.
John Ek starts producing knives in quantity in Hamden Connecticut, near Lake Whitney.
The Ek Model 3, Model 4 & Model 5 are first knives released under KA-BAR production.
The Ek/Spartan Dagger (EK101) jointly released - Limited production and serialized.
The Ek/Jarosz Boot Knife (Ek102) is introduced as another collaborative product release.