So I got bitten by the dagger bug and went searching around or a decent production piece this weekend. I would have gone with a custom, but I don't necessarily want to drop that much coin or wait for one. I ended up settling on one of Ka-Bar's new production John Ek series (the model 4 specifically). While I've always been interested in some of the classic military designs (V-42, Fairbairn-Sykes, etc) I had never known the history of the Ek Commando knives. Here's some good history on them: http://www.fairbairnsykesfightingknives.com/ek-knives.html
While I tend to like the idea of mixing classic design points to create something new, a lot of people treat any modification to classic designs as heresy.
What about you, fellow /k/ommandos? Are some things too sacred to change? Alternately, post and discuss classic knife designs/patterns.
I love mine and the Ek design in particular. More durable than a FS or V-42 but still retaining all the desirable properties of a good dagger.
Obviously if Ek had the business foresight to still be making them like they used to in the 40s I'd have picked on of those up but that's not an option.
Only complaint was the sheath which was an easy fix.
The sheath has two lumps of kydex or whatever polymer du jour so you need to 'peel' the sheath outwards in order to draw.
It already has a clasp which is more than adequate to keep the knife in place so I just whittled the kydex away.
I got a big boner for the FS knife so I started researching them which led me to looking at the V-42 and other military daggers/stilettos. Common complaints regarding the FS and V-42 were that due to the narrow blade and rat tail tang they had a habit of breaking or chipping off in or upon encountering bone. The Ek knife had no such problems.
No problem, just take your time whittling away at it and it'll go from and absolutely horrible draw to a smooth and silent one. Also, have this video that got my dagger boner going: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e0b_1402527226
Kommando store had a bunch that were still coated in factory cosmoline. Can't remember if they're all sold out or if 1-2 are hiding in the warehouse somewhere.
I love new knives. There's a lot of old equipment that didn't get many updates or revisions because the military was too clingy. It kind of bugs me when something could have been done better if somebody had just thought a bit differently.
Pic related. Spartan Blades V14. It's an FS-style full tang blade. It has all the functionality of the original FS but the modern flat-with-grip-panels design. Holy hell these guys are expensive though
>a lot of people treat any modification to classic designs as heresy
Well those people are dumb.
Also, I'm glad to see that the new Eks are finally out, I've been waiting for this since 20-fucking-13. I just hope they get the Becker kukri out before I do something crazy like buy a Junglas.