Taking the design and legacy of the John Ek Commando dagger and adding Rick Hinderer's modern design touch brings you the Rick Hinderer Knives/Ek commando dagger. Being a collector of John Ek knives for many years himself, Rick has come to appreciate the simplistic approach to his designs. Born from the need in WWII for knives for our servicemen fighting overseas John Ek developed a knife style that was tough and worked but also a means to manufacture them so as many as possible were able to get in our fighting guys' hands.
The John Ek Commando knife company is owned by Ka-Bar so Rick again went to his friend John Stitt, CEO of Ka-Bar knives with the idea of making a collaboration with Ek. Rick took the simplistic Ek model 1 and using it as a canvas added features that he thought would be well received by the GIs in WWII. Along the way that one design morphed into two different models!
The first rendition added a lot of features but still stayed true to the conventional double-edged dagger. Starting with the handle Rick kept the sturdy full tang feature just as the originals with the protruding skull crushed at the end. He also kept the very distinctive scalloped handle scales that are very much Ek. The crossguard was added into the full tang construction thereby guaranteeing a rock-solid hold. The blade is where things really depart from the original. Rick decided on a hollow "ground" double edge and instead of grinding those edge bevels, they are 3D milled them which allows the incorporation of an "armor-piercing" tip! With a deep fuller running the length of the blade it gives it the "I beam" toughness. All this makes this Traditional Ek a very capable dagger.
For the second model, Rick decided to depart from the traditional dagger and incorporate some very cool features that he feels the commandos in WWII would definitely have voted for! While leaving everything about the handle the same as the first model, he made all the changes to the blade on this second model what he calls the "Hollow Ground" Dagger. What does Rick mean by that? Leaving the facing side the same double edge on the reverse side he scalloped the entire blade into a wide concave surface. It essentially makes this dagger a "chisel" ground type. And again, all bevels are CNC 3D machined. This cross-sectional shape is very similar to the "tri" blade bayonets of the 18's. To complete this very unique blade Rick added a concave “thumbprint” similar to the Case V-42 of WWII.
Two different steels are offered in the series, CPM-3V which has been DLC coated black, and O-1 Tool steel which has been parkerized just like the vintage knives of WWII! Handle material for these are Black Micarta and OD Green Micarta. For sheaths, they again turned to buddy David Brown of Buy Brown sheaths for a incredibly made kydex sheath with TeK-Lok.
- Blade Length: 6.50"
- Handle Length: 5.75"
- Overall Length: 12.25"
- Blade Material: O-1 Tool Steel
- Blade Thickness: 0.1875"
- Blade Style: Double Edge Dagger
- Blade Grind: Hollow
- Blade Finish: Black Parkerized
- Handle Material: Black Micarta
- Handle Thickness: 0.90"
- Sheath Material: Kydex by Buy Brown Sheaths
- Weight: 10.0 oz.
- Weight with Sheath: 15.4 oz.
- Designers: Rick Hinderer and John Ek
- Made in the USA
Comes with original box and papers. Has a couple light scuffs, otehrwise excellent condition.