Very rare and desirable WW-2 era Model 2 Commando Knife fighting dagger was made by John Ek in Hamden, Connecticut. This Commando Knife is one of the so-called “private purchase” fighting knives that were manufacturing for the American GIs by a number of knifemakers during the war. John Ek was probably one of the best-known makers of the time; his fighting knives were famously simple, yet very practical and reliable sidearms that were popular with the troops. This particular type is illustrated on page 116 of the KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WORLD WAR II book by Michael W Silvey – a well-established expert and the author of a number of books on the subject of the US military edged weapons (see the scans of pages 116 to 119 attached). The following is the link to Ek Commando Knives page – courtesy of Wikipedia.
This Model 2 Commando Knife is serial-numbered (serial 2J299 on ricasso); the blade is hot-stamped John Ek KNIFE / HAMDEN. CONN. The knife is about 12-1/8” / 30.8 cm overall; dual-edge blade is about 7″ / 17.8 cm; full-tang construction. Contoured wood handle scales blued steel pins – a rare type. Finely contoured handle provides a very positive grip; the blade is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. An extended rounded pommel serves as a practical skull crusher. The scabbard is original to the knife and veteran-signed with his name and military ID number: ROBERT P. BIALKO / 1218526. Sounds like a last name with Polish or Ukrainian roots to me; further research is needed to positively identify the original WW2 owner. The sheath is in great overall condition, considering the age. All original stitching and rivets are intact; the leather is soft and supple still.
Overall, this WW2 John Ek Hamden CONN Commando Knife Model 2 dagger and its original leather scabbard are in 100% serviceable condition still – VERY rare this nice. The knife has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original condition; these are the actual photos. We have several scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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