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KA-BAR is excited to introduce it's first and much anticipated John Ek Commando Knife Co. product, the Ek Model 4. This updated version of the old jungle fighting knife is made from 1095 Cro-Van and features a parkerized double-edged blade, textured glass filled nylon handles and traditional X-head fasteners. A US-made Celcon® sheath with retaining strap, self-locking function and multiple tie-down points is also included.
Made in the USA.
Please note, due to state regulations KA-BAR cannot ship the Ek Commando Presentation knives to CA or MA.
|Weight||0.70 lb||Steel||1095 Cro-Van|
|Blade Type||Lock Style||N/A|
|Measurements||Blade length 6.625"; Overall length 12.625"||Grind||Flat|
|Edge Angles||20 Degrees||Handle Material||Glass Filled Nylon|
|Shape||Double-Edged Spear Point||HRC||56-58|
|Stamp||KA-BAR/Ek Commando Knife Co.||Butt Cap/Guard||12GA Commercial Grd Carbon Steel|
|Pocket Clip||N||Made in||USA|
Amazing legendary knife
Got mine Yesterday,Built good comes sharp and is well balanced. Only compliant is the sheath knife is hard to get out. Hope the fix the problem or even better make a leather sheath for it.
This is a quickie overview I wrote and submitted on BushCraft.com website. I hope you don't mind me including it here. I received my KA-BAR John Ek Commando Knife Model 4 (EK44). I'm really happy with the overall fit and finish of the knife. The blade style is a 'double-edged spear point', with some kind of black parkerized coating. I don't know if it is Mil-Spec? Since this knife will be a 'Safe Queen' I'll never personally know how the coating will hold up, but it looks like it is as good or better than a lot I've seen. All grind lines and bevels are straight and symmetrical. The blade is sharp. Seams between the S-Guard and Ricasso are tight. What impressed me right out of the box is the knife is the overall heft. It's solid and substantial. The handle material is glass-filled nylon in the traditional Ek style and attached with very sturdy Ek 'X-Head' bolts. As I said, fit is excellent, I can't find a gap between the scales and the full-tang. The knife feels good in the hand. Have I mentioned this it's built like a tank? I want to mention the sheath that comes with the knife. I've seen very nice knives that come with a sheath that looks like it's an afterthought. This is not the case with the Model 4. The sheath is made from Celcon. I have know idea what it is, but it appears to be an industrial-strength plastic. With two securing features, a strap and cross-guard friction lock, it appears ready for deployment. Including jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. There are enough built-in tie-down points (5 on each side) and three more up by the the belt-loop, finding a spot on your web gear will not be a problem. It has a thick nylon belt-loop, securely sewn and riveted to the to the 'self-locking feature. It's a very well-made sheath. If KA-BAR maintains this level of quality, the Model 5 'Bowie' will be an enormous hit. I don't have particularly big hands. So, I thought the size relationship between the blade and the handle was an optical illusion. There seemed to be a lot of 'handle' hanging out past my hand. I had to break out the old calibrated 20' Sears tape measure. The blade is 6-1/2" in length. The handle/full-length tang is 5-31/32". Let's call it 6-inches. That's only 1/2" difference. I did some research and looked at pictures of earlier reissues and original Ek knives. It seems these proportions are consistent throughout the entire Ek knife family. While looking at the knife, it dawned on me it has a serious 'skull Crusher/Butt/Pommel'. Three quarter inch, 3/16" thick. Whether you're prying up a box lid or getting someone's attention by gently tapping them gently on the temple, it will do the job. It's a serious piece of hardened steel. That adds additional length to the handle length. Regardless, you have lots of real estate to find your favorite grip. I'm a big fan of Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knives. I think they're one of the most beautiful knife designs ever made. But, it has weaknesses. Specifically, a weak Ricasso. The other weakness is a narrow tang. Which contributes to the weak Ricasso. This is not an issue you will have with the KA-BAR/John Ek reissue. The 3/16" thick blade is almost full profile all the way to the point. With the added benefit of the full-length tang, it's one very strong design. Looking at the the edge of the blade from the side and following it to the tip it resembles a chisel-point blade. Given a proper heat-treat and no anomalies in the steel, it would take a lot to break this knife. I am very satisfied with my purchase.
This is an outstanding example of the Ek Commando Knife. It is extremely well designed and constructed! I could not be more pleased with it. Maybe you could consider designing a scaled down version of it - a boot knife sized version.
I purchased this knife simple due to the fact that I loved the design. I'm not a huge knife collector or expert, but this knife feels very solid in your hand. The sheath Is very tough and has a design to keep your knife retained within very securely. The EK 44 has a price that surprised me. The design and quality are at a great value.
Let me start by saying I got this knife along with a few others a number of months ago during their 50% off sale, and also that I'm very glad I didn't pay full price. While I have to say I do appreciate the functional aspects of this knife, my particular knife simply isn't ever going to be used in the manner it was designed. In other words I bought this knife as a collector piece not as a heavy user, and I have to say I'm very disappointed in the quality control standards that allowed the knife I received to be sold at all. First off the grind lines are very noticeably uneven, so much so that it was the very first thing I noticed out of the box. In fact if you zoom in on the picture above you can just barely see what I mean, particularly at the tip where there almost seems to be a curve where the two grinds meet in the center. Which seems to indicate I didn't just receive a lemon. I know it's hard to see, but holding my knife and then comparing it to the picture it becomes very noticeable. This really doesn't affect what I'll keep calling the functionality of the knife, but it is definitely ugly as sin and makes me cringe deeply when looking this other wise well designed knife. Secondly the coating had several small blemish spots, that at first looked like very small water spots, but on closer inspection are actually areas where the coating didn't seem to take. Again not the end of the world, but also not at all what I'd expect from Ka-bar, or out of a knife that usually goes for 100$+. Third and this is really the only one that affects it's true functionality, the coating is simply sub-par, after inserting and removing the knife from its sheath (less than a dozen times) there is noticeable wear on the coating. It's clearly no where near as heavy duty of a coating as the standard ka-bars, which of course will wear, but much much more slowly than what is used in the ek series. Not only does it make protecting the coating from scratches a pain for collectors like me. For an actual user, you can pretty well be guarenteed to lose the majority of your coating in short order, making rust protection and constant cleaning that much more of a necessity. Is this a seriously heavy duty knife that comes hair shaving sharp out of the box? Heck yes. Could you break it under any normal use condition? Probably not. But my humble opinion is that the majority of people who are buying this aren't going to take it on a combat deployment. Like me they're knife collectors looking to add to their collection and this knife simply lacks the fit and finish that I expect out of 100$+ msrp knives. The #1 issue for me Is the grind lines, I really can't emphasize that enough and I hope that Ka-bar can tweak their processes to make it less of an issue because at least for me it's a significant issue.
This knife is the real deal. I bought it for one reason only: as the man said, "a good knife can save a life." It was very sobering for me when I realised just how many people are carrying knives on them in public...and a lot of them are punks, meth-heads and troublemakers in general. Not long ago I was driving through a village near where I live and here come this punk walking down the road with a large knife strapped on his side. There was no legitimate reason for him to be wearing it other than trying to look tough and perhaps looking for an excuse to brandish it at someone in a quest for drugs or money or worse. I don't carry this knife, but I do keep it in my vehicle or in my saddle bag on my Harley. I was never the type to shy away from going where I wanted to go and I don't intend to start now or later. I have been in potentially dangerous situations for no other reason than that there were four of them and one of me. Knowing that a knife of this quality and calibre is not far from reach if I should need it does bring a certain amount of assurance for a last resort situation. Don't get me wrong, I'm a peaceful guy that doesn't walk around in fear of the what if's in life, but I'm seasoned enough to understand that it is better to have back up and not need it as opposed to needing back up and not having it. In my opinion, I couldn't have selected a better knife.
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KA-BAR Knives, Inc.
200 Homer Street
Olean, NY 14760
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$135.95 (with Ek Model 4)
Sheath made in USA