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Sabol KNIFE INTRODUCTION Throughout the years of its production, from 1941 to the present, the Ek knife went through many changes.
These changes, included model numbering, handle and sheath materials, design and appearance, resulted in a large number of knife variations.
The knives presented here are partitioned into 9 divisions, the divisions being based on the locations book mit blackjack team the knives were made.
HAMDEN CT KNIVES Ek Commando Knives refered to as WW-II knives or Hamden knives, were made at the Whitney Machine Shop near Lake Whitney in Hamden Connecticut.
John Ek had started making knives in 1939 but the majority of knives were made during the World War II period of 1941 to 1945.
John Ek started producing knives in quantity in 1941.
The workers he hired were handicapped or disabled veterans.
By August 1944, demand for his knives had grown to the point where three shifts worked around the clock seven days a week, producing 10 different models.
The knives were full tang, where the portion of the knife under the handle is the same or nearly the same width as the blade and extends to or beyond the rear portion of the handle.
The two handle pieces are held on with hot-poured lead rivets.
This design makes for an extremely strong knife.
John Ek prefered wood for his knife handles as leather could deteriorate and metal would be uncomfortable in hot or cold climates.
The majority of the handles were made from Rock Maple but some Oak was also used.
The handles of most of the models have sculpted edges that give a good grip.
The lead rivets put the balance of the knife firmly in the hand.
You will note that the Hamden Silent Partner SP booklets and price lists use the designation of "Style" rather than "Model" for the different Hamden knife types and I have followed that convention.
The "Serial Number" was stamped at the base of the blade flat next to the handle and the digits are read with the blade pointing down.
See the section for more information on Hamden serial numbers.
Also note that the all the WW-II period Hamden knives that have crossguards Styles 6, 7 and 11the crossguard material is steel.
If the crossguard is brass it was done at some later time.
There are changes seen in the design and marking as the knives evolved.
Knives can be found with and without serial numbers and Hamden blade stamps.
Very early knives had no regle de base du blackjack numbers.
And when serial numbering started, it was done free hand with an vibrating engraver with no other marking.
Later knives had both serial numbers and "John Ek Knives" done with a vibrating engraver.
Then a period where stamped serial numbers com www free blackjack games present along with "John Ek Knives" done with a vibrating engraver.
The very early knives also had smaller lead rivets.
Later on the design was changed and the wood handle holes were tapered so that the poured rivets had an hour-glass shape in cross section.
There are also differences in the length and shape of the extended tang.
A wrist lanyard hole can be absent early knivesbe article source through the handle later knives or drilled through the extended tang rare for Hamden knives.
There is also some variation due to the different workers who made the knives.
And of course users could sand down the handle to suit their preference.
Some of the knife styles are only refered to with the style number.
Some also were named.
I have included the names below and under the individual knife descriptions where appropriate.
Although there are 10 styles of Hamden knives pictured in the early "Silent Partner" booklets, there were 3 additional models available on the the early Hamden price list, the Styles 11, 12 and 13.
See the PL1942 Price list For the Style 11, there is evidence in the form of a stamped serial numbered knife.
But for the Style numbers 12 and 13, I had to make an educated guess.
And from my records, it seems it was aIso the most popular model as it's production far exceeded the other styles.
The first picture shows a very early knife.
Notable features are blade and serial number done with electric pencil, no wrist lanyard hole, a long extended tang and smaller diameter lead rivets.
The second picture shows a later knife.
The knife has a blade stamp, a serial number stamp, a long extended tang, smaller diameter lead rivets but no wrist lanyard hole.
The third picture shows a late knife.
The knife has a blade stamp, a serial number stamp, a medium extended tang, larger diameter lead rivets and a wrist lanyard hole through the upper portion of the handle.
HAMDEN STYLE 2: 7 inch Spear Point, Full Tang Blade; Nickel-Chrome Moly Steel; Both Edges Sharpened ; Rock Maple Standard Type Handle with Poured Lead Rivets; Has Extended Tang; Some have Lanyard Hole in Handle; The Style 2 was probably the second Hamden knife style produced.
And from my records, it seems it was aIso a very popular model.
There are changes seen in the design as the knife similar to the Style 1.
Knives can be found with and without serial numbers and Hamden stamps.
Early knives had no serial numbers.
And when serial numbering started, it was done free hand with an electric pencil vibrating engraver.
Later knives had stamped serial numbers.
The first picture shows a very early knife.
Notable features are no blade or serial number stamps, no wrist lanyard hole, a shorter than normal extended tang and smaller diameter lead rivets.
The second picture shows a later knife.
The knife has a serial number stamp, the John Ek name done free hand with an electric pencil, a long extended tang, smaller diameter lead rivets but no wrist lanyard hole.
The third picture shows a late knife.
The knife has a serial number stamp but no blade stamp, a medium extended tang, larger diameter lead rivets and a wrist lanyard hole through the upper portion of the handle.
The handle is refered to as a bolo type.
It is a smooth handle that has a flat top and arc shaped bottom.
There are no wrist lanyard holes on any of discuss blackjack dealers cards face up what knives.
The Hamden Silent Partner booklet states that: "This knife, if dropped overboard, will sink with a zig-zag motion which gives a chance for recovery".
The picture shows a later knife.
The knife has a serial number stamp, the John Ek Hamden blade stamp, bolo handle with no extended tang and large diameter lead rivets.
It was designed at the request of some servicemen fighting in the South Pacific Island jungles.
The handle is refered to as a bolo type.
It is a smooth handle that has a flat top and arc shaped bottom.
There are no wrist lanyard holes on any of these knives.
The picture shows a later knife.
The knife has a serial number and Hamden blade stamp, a bolo handle with no extended tang and large diameter lead rivets.
It is the first style knife with a clip point type blade.
It has a non-standard type handle.
The handle is refered to as a bolo type.
It is a smooth handle that has a flat top and arc shaped bottom.
There are no wrist lanyard holes on any of these knives.
Similar to the Style 3 link, the Hamden Silent Partner booklet states that: "This knife, if dropped overboard, will sink with a zig-zag motion which gives a chance for recovery".
The picture shows an earlier knife.
The knife has a serial number stamp, but no John Ek Hamden blade stamp, a click to see more handle with no extended tang and large diameter lead rivets.
Note the seeming lack of a model number on this knife.
A typical stamp for this serial number should read 5C500.
But as the serial numbers grew longer and thus wider, the style number was stamped above the serial number.
Many of the knives had the style stamped too high on the blade and were covered up with the bolo handle.
It is a shorter version of the Style 5 "Navy" knife.
It has a non-standard type handle.
The handle is refered to as a bolo type.
It is a smooth handle that has a flat top and arc shaped bottom.
There are no wrist lanyard holes on any of these knives.
The picture shows a typical knife.
The knife has a John Ek Hamden blade stamp, but no style or serial number stamp, a bolo handle with no extended tang and large diameter lead rivets.
I have never encountered one of these knives with a style or serial number.
Probably made for those GIs who wanted a knife that wouldn't allow a wet or slippery hand to slide forward onto the blade under a forceful thrust.
The picture shows a later knife.
The knife has a blade stamp, a serial number stamp, a steel guardan extended tang, large diameter lead rivets and a wrist lanyard hole.
I have never noted a Style 6, 7 or 11 without a wrist lanyard hole.
This indicates to me that these styles were developed somewhat after the Styles 1 and 2 had been in production click a period of time.
Note that the three Style knives with a crossguard have a little narrower handle.
Although the Style 6, 7 and 11 are full tang knives, the portion under the handle is a little narrower than the standard 1 inch.
This allows a ridge at the base of the blade for the guard to bear against.
Probably made for those GIs who wanted a double edged knife that wouldn't allow a wet or slippery hand to slide forward onto the blade under a forceful thrust.
The picture shows a later knife.
The knife has a blade stamp, a serial number stamp, a steel guardan extended tang, large diameter lead rivets and a wrist lanyard hole.
I have never noted a Style 6, 7 or 11 without a wrist lanyard hole.
This indicates to me that these styles were developed somewhat after the Styles 1 and 2 had been in production for a period of time.
card atlantic city counting blackjack that the three Style knives with a crossguard have a little narrower handle.
Although the Style 6, 7 and 11 are full tang knives, the portion under the handle is a little narrower than the standard 1 inch.
This allows a ridge at the base of the blackjack hit or calculator for the guard to bear against.
It is the largest of the Hamden knives with a saber shaped 9 inch blade.
The handle is refered to as a bolo type.
A lot of the Paratrooper knives have smooth handles while some have finger grip cutouts for better control of this heavy weapon.
There are no wrist lanyard holes on any of these knives.
The picture shows a later knife.
The knife has a serial number but no Hamden blade stamp, an oak bolo handle with finger grip cutouts, no extended tang and large diameter lead rivets.
The Style 9 is basically a Style 5 but instead of the bolo handle it has a standard handle.
The picture shows a later knife.
The knife has a serial number, a Hamden blade stamp, a standard handle, an extended tang, large diameter lead rivets and a wrist lanyard hole.
When dropped into water it floats vertically with the blade pointing down.
The ability to float was accomplished by using wooden plugs instead of lead rivets as well as making the bolo handle slightly larger.
The picture shows the knife which was 1 of 9 knives that were on the famous Ek Advertising Display Board exhibited at the White House in 1942.
The knife was sold at an icollector.
The knife is not serial numbered.
It has the John Ek name and the words "FLOATING KNIFE" with the letters arranged in a double wave pattern, a larger than normal bolo type handle with hardwood plugs, no extended tang and no wrist lanyard hole.
Note there are 2 small filled holes on the reverse side of the handle where the knife was mounted to the advertising board.
Probably made for those GIs who wanted a knife that wouldn't allow is deck blackjack beatable wet or slippery hand to slide forward onto the blade under a forceful thrust.
The picture shows a later knife.
The knife has a blade stamp, a serial number stamp, a steel guard, a standard handle, an extended tang, large diameter lead rivets and a wrist lanyard hole.
I have never noted a Style 6, 7 or 11 without a wrist lanyard hole.
This indicates to me that these styles were developed somewhat after the Styles 1 and 2 had been in production for a period of time.
Note that the three Style knives with a crossguard have a little narrower handle.
Although the Style 6, 7 and 11 are full tang knives, the portion under the handle is a little narrower than the standard 1 inch.
This allows a ridge at the base of the blade for the guard to bear against.
Judging from the low price, the knife is not large or would have required more time or effort to make.
I'm assuming the Style 12 is the small utility knife similar to the Miami Style 11 Utility knife.
Probably made for those GIs who wanted a knife for ulitarian tasks rather than a fighting knife.
The first picture shows a Style 12 with the Hamden blade stamp.
The second picture shows a Style 12 without a Hamden blade stamp.
No Style 12 knives were ever noted with a serial number.
The most common by far, the Type I, is 9 inches long and 1 inch wide with an arrow point head and two narrowed areas, one behind the head and one in front of the rear handle area.
The first picture shows a Type I stamped blank.
It has a rough black scale finish.
The second picture shows a finished Type I throwing knife.
I has a brush finish, a blade stamp and a wrist lanyard hole.
The lanyard hole seems odd as a wrist lanyard would interfere with throwing.
The third picture shows a Type II throwing knife.
The fourth picture shows a collection of throwing knives that sold on onlinehuntingauctions.
Three Type I throwers are shown in the center.
A Type II is shown at the bottom.
The top thrower in the fourth picture is interesting as it has a serial number.
This knife is one of the first Hamden throwing knives.
Figure 222 on page 146 of the hardcopy version of Buerlein's "Allied Military Fighting Knives And The Men Who Made Them Famous" shows the various stages of evolution from the shortened Style 1 to the Style 13 Type I throwing knife.
MIAMI FL KNIVES In blackjack knife history John Ek moved the Ek Knife business to Miami Flordia.
Knives were made at first at the 54th St.
Sometime later in 1968, knife making was moved to the Seminole Gun shop on 119th.
Records from the Florida Corporate Registry indicate that the SEMINOLE GUN SHOP CORPORATION was registered in the state of Florida on 16th July 1968.
The knives were full tang, where the portion of the knife under the handle is the same or nearly the same width as the blade and extends to or beyond the rear portion of the handle.
The two handle pieces are held on with hot-poured lead rivets.
This design makes for an extremely strong knife.
John Ek prefered wood for his knife handles as leather could deteriorate and metal would be uncomfortable in hot or cold climates.
The majority of the Miami handles were made from Walnut but some Maple was also used.
The handles of most of the models have sculpted edges that give a good grip.
The lead rivets put the balance of the knife firmly in the hand.
You will note that the Miami Silent Partner SP booklets and price lists use the designation of "Style" rather than "Model" for the different Miami knife types and I have followed that convention.
Almost all of the John Ek Miami knives were stamped with a style number and a serial number.
As with Hamden knives, the numbers were stamped at the base of the blade flat next to the handle and the digits are read with the blade pointing down.
See the section for more information on Miami serial numbers.
There are no accurate production figures on Miami produced knives but there were far fewer produced than were made in Hamden, CT.
An estimate I've heard states around 1200 were made.
There are 12 different Miami knife styles.
Note however there are many changes in Miami style numbers when compared to Hamden knife styles.
Also note that while some of the WW-II era Hamden knives only had style numbers, all the Miami styles have names as well.
I have included the names below and under the individual knife descriptions.
The changes in knife styles are as follows: Miami Style 1 Commando Combat: Is the same as Hamden Style 1 Miami Style 2 Ranger Combat: Is the same as Hamden Style 2 Miami Style 3 Jungle Fighting Knife with Hilt: Is the same as Hamden Style 6 Miami Style 4 Jungle Fighting Knife: Is the same as Hamden Style 7 Miami Style 5 Army Occupational: Is the same as Hamden Style 9 Miami Style 6 Patton Occupational: Is the same as the non-catalog Hamden Style 11 Miami Style 7 Survival Chopper: Is a new Style Miami Style 8 Survival Skin Diver: Is a new Style Miami Style 9 Floating Knife: Is the same as Hamden Style 10 Miami Style 10 Professional Throwing Knives Set of 3 : Is a new Style Miami Style 11 Utility Knife: Is a new Style Miami Style 12 Pen Knife - Secret Agent: Is a new Style And the Hamden Styles 3, 4, 5 and 8 all with bolo type handles were discontinued.
These changes cause much confusion when comparing Hamden and Miami knife styles.
The picture shows an early knife with a small serial number stamp.
The knife has a faded logo ink stamp on the blade, a medium extended tang, large diameter lead rivets and a wrist lanyard hole through the upper portion of the handle.
Other than the small serial number and the walnut handle, the knives are much the same.
The picture shows an early knife with a small serial number stamp, a medium extended tang, large diameter lead rivets and a wrist lanyard hole through the upper portion of the handle.
The ink stamp on the blade has worn off.
Other than the small number serial, the walnut handle, and the brass rather than steel guard, the knife design is the same.
The picture shows an early knife.
The knife has a partial outline of the logo ink stamp as well as the all script stamp on the blade, a small serial number stamp, a thin brass guard, a medium extended tang, large diameter lead rivets and a wrist lanyard hole through the upper portion of the handle.
Note the diameter of the handle is smaller with the styles with guards.
The following is information from two pieces of documentaton written by Gary Boyd collector, author and historian : "According to Gary Ek John's son the 5th Special Forces ordered 12 S.
For some reason the order was never completed and the knives had remained in a semi-finished state ever since.
Two of the pieces were too rusty to salvage.
Gary had worked on these pieces in 1970 and agreed to finish 10 of them and sell them to Howard.
He managed to handle four pieces and eventually Howard lost patience with him and took all ten in their various stages of completion.
One of these knives is featured on page 108 of "Knives of the United States Military in Vietnam" by M.
NOTE: Gary Ek states on his Facebook page that he remembers the serial 's of the 12 5th.
Special Forces knives ran from 460 to 472.
This is similar to the Gerber Mark II SIGMA knives that were supposed to be in a 008001 to 008050 sequence, but aren't.
It seems that for some special orders, various available knives were selected and no effort was made to insure that they have consecutive serial numbers.
MIAMI STYLE 4 - JUNGLE FIGHTING KNIFE: 7 inch Spear Point, Full Tang Blade; With Thin Brass Guard; Nickel-Chrome Moly Steel: Blackjack food truck charlottesville Edges Sharpened; Small Number Serial stamp; Walnut, Standard Type Handle with Poured Lead Rivets; Has Extended Tang; Has Lanyard hole in Handle; The Miami Style 4 is the same design as the Hamden Style 7.
Other than the small serial number and the walnut handle, and the brass rather than steel guard, the knife design is the same.
The picture shows an early knife with a small serial number stamp, a thin brass guard, a long extended tang, large diameter lead rivets and a wrist lanyard hole through the upper portion of the handle.
The outside edges of a faided logo ink stamp can be seen.
Note the diameter of the handle is smaller with the styles with guards.
Other than the small serial number and the walnut handle, the knife design is the same.
The picture shows an early knife with a small serial number stamp, a short extended tang, large diameter lead rivets and a wrist lanyard hole through the upper portion of the handle.
There are no signs of either type ink stamp.
Other than the small serial number and the walnut handle, the knife design is the same.
The picture shows an early knife with a small serial number stamp, a thin brass guard, a short square extended tang, large diameter lead rivets and a wrist lanyard hole through the upper portion of the handle.
Note online video blackjack games the three Style knives with a crossguard have a little narrower handle.
Although the Style 3, 4 and 6 are full tang knives, the portion under the handle is a little narrower than the standard 1 inch.
This allows a ridge at the base of the blade for the guard to bear against.
This is one of only two Miami Ek knives with sawteeth on the blade upper spine.
The saw design consists of a double row of teeth that are staggered.
This design is sometimes refered to as "Swiss Army" type teeth.
The style 7 was intended as a Survival-Rescue knife designed to aid escape from downed aircraft.
The picture shows an early knife with a small serial number stamp.
The second picture shows the arrangement of the double row of staggered teeth.
A full size knife with a 7 inch blade and an overall length of 12 inches.
This is one of only two Miami Ek knives with sawteeth on the blade upper spine.
The saw design consists of a double row of teeth that are staggered.
This design is sometimes refered to as "Swiss Army" type teeth.
The style 8 was intended as a Survival-Rescue knife designed for underwater use.
The picture shows a second series knife with a large serial number stamp.
The second picture shows the arrangement of the double row of staggered teeth.
When dropped into water it floats vertically with the blade pointing down.
The ability to float was acomplished by using wooden plugs instead of lead rivets as well as making the bolo handle slightly larger.
I have never observed a Miami Style 9 Floating Knife and suspect they are very rare.
But from the illustration in the Silent Partner Booklet, the Miami Floating knife looks identical to the Hamden Floating Knife so I've used the Hamden Floating Knife image for illustration.
Photo: ebay kniveslimited14 Photo: ebay kniveslimited14 MIAMI STYLE 10 - PROFESSIONAL THROWING KNIVES SET OF 3 : 9 inch length; Arrow Point Blade; Nickel-Chrome Moly Steel; Entire Point Sharpened; No handles; No lanyard hole in blade.
I have only noted one type of Miami throwing knife.
The blade is 9 inches long and 1 inch wide with an arrow point head and two narrowed areas, one behind the head and one in front of the click here handle area.
It seems identical with the Type I Hamden thrower with the exception of no lanyard hole in the handle.
The pictures show the front and back of a 3 thrower set seen on an ebay auction in Sorry, casinoplayer can 2016.
They are marked with an electric pen.
Note the lack of a lanyard hole in the handle area of the blade.
Designed for those GIs who requested a knife for ulitity tasks rather than a fighting knife.
The picture shows a second series knife with a large serial number stamp.
Gary Ek states that his father had designed the knives and had them made in the Philippines for the Bay of Pigs invasion.
I can't find any information to substantiate that claim.
I believe this is a non-Ek knife as these knives were table counting blackjack card for sale in ads in various magazines in the late 60's and early 70's.
Along with the Secret Agent Pen Knife, John Ek also sold several other non-Ek knives in the mid-60's among them the Puma White Hunter, the Swiss Companion Pocket Knife and the Sportsman Pocket Knife.
The Silent Partner booklets noted that these pen knives were for use outside of the U.
The first picture shows the pen knife in the closed position looking like a writing pen.
The second shows the pen knife unlatched and partially open.
And the third shows the pen knife in the open position.
The last picture shows an ad for the Secret Agent Pen Knife that was posted in the March 1969 issue of Popular Mechanics on pg.
The knife is over 2 feet long and looks to have a walnut handle.
It also has 4, rather than the normal three lead rivets in the handle and lacks a lanyard hole.
This knife was obviously made after John Ek's death.
The knife is over 2 feet long and looks to have a rosewood handle.
It also has 4, rather than the normal three lead rivets in the handle and lacks a lanyard hole.
It has no markings on the blade.
This knife might also have been made after John Ek's death as it is very close to the dimensions of the engraved Miami Ek Knife Display Piece above.
AUGUSTINE FL KNIVES All of the St.
Augustine knives were made by John Ek's son, Gary Ek.
Sometime after John Ek passed away in October of 1976, John's son Gary took over the Ek Knife business.
At first, the business address was a P.
Box in North Miami.
He may have been working out of his home at first as the P.
Sometime later he moved the business to St.
Augustine, first at 40 Charlotte Street and later to 14C St.
Many of the handles of St.
Augustine Ek knives are thinner than the coresponding style Miami made knives with the handle profile rounded rather than having the sculped edges of the Miami https://microrcracing.com/blackjack/blackjack-newspaper.html Hamden knives.
Also, some of the knives have the location where the lanyard hole would normally be, lead filled.
These knives have 4 lead rivets and no lanyard hole.
Augustine knives were stamped in the same manner as the Miami knives, with a style number and a serial number.
As with Miami knives, the numbers were https://microrcracing.com/blackjack/blackjack-wheel-weight.html at the base of the blade flat next to the handle and the digits are read with the blade pointing down.
Augustine knives have the style number stamped both above and below the serial number.
See the section for more information on St.
There are no accurate production figures on St.
Augustine produced knives but they are very rare and many do not have the St.
A large group of St.
Augustine Knives is shown in the image above.
Note that there are differences in the knives such as handle material, use of small brass rivets rather than lead and in handle profiles.
The bottom line is that there is a great deal of variance observed in St.
The first 12 St.
Augustine knife styles are the same as the Miami Styles as follows: St.
Augustine Style 1 Commando Combat St.
Augustine Style 2 Ranger Combat St.
Augustine Style 3 Jungle Combat St.
Augustine Style 4 Jungle Combat Ranger St.
Augustine Style 5 Army Occupational St.
Augustine Style 6 Patton Occupational St.
Augustine Style 7SS Survival Chopper St.
Augustine Style 8SS Survival Skin Diver St.
Augustine Style 9 Floating Knife St.
Augustine Style 10 Professional Throwing Knives Set of 3 St.
Augustine Style 11 Wells Fargo Utility Knife Same as Miami Utility Knife St.
Augustine Style 12 Pen Knife - Secret Agent Listed but no longer available Six more St.
Augustine knife styles were introduced by Gary Ek as follows: St.
Augustine Style 13 Flying Moon St.
Augustine Style 14 Eagles Claw St.
Augustine Style 15 2506 Brigade-Special St.
Augustine Style 16 2506 Brigade For members only St.
Augustine Style 17 Special WW-II Commemorative St.
Augustine Style 18 Special WW-II - John Ek Commemorative In 1980 styles 14 through 18 were dropped and a style J.
John Ek Note source some styles were offered in a "Presentation Grade" ST.
Augustine Style 1 is the same design as the Miami Style 1.
Augustine Style 2 is the same design as the Miami Style 2.
Augustine style was also available in presentation grade.
Photo: ebay kaasu111 ST.
Augustine Style 3 is the same design as the Miami Style 3.
The picture shows a later knife.
It has the large serial number stamp but lacks the St.
The knife has a thin brass guard, a short extended tang, four medium diameter lead rivets and no lanyard hole.
Only some of the St.
Augustine knives have 4 lead rivets and lack a lanyard hole.
Photo: ebay kaasu111 ST.
AUGUSTINE STYLE 4 - COMMANDO COMBAT: 7 inch Spear Point, Full Tang Blade; With Thin Brass Guard; Nickel-Chrome Moly Steel: Both Edges Sharpened; Large Number Serial stamp; Narrow Round Walnut handle with Poured Lead Rivets; Has Extended Tang; Some Have Lanyard Hole in Handle; The St.
Augustine Style 4 is the same design as the Miami Style 4.
The picture shows a later knife.
It has the large serial number stamp but lacks the St.
The knife has a thin brass guard, a short extended tang, four medium diameter lead rivets and no lanyard hole.
Only some of the St.
Augustine knives have 4 lead rivets and lack a lanyard hole.
Augustine style was also available in presentation grade.
Augustine Style 5 is the same design as the Miami Style 5.
Augustine Style 6 is the same design as the Miami Style 6.
The picture shows a knife with a serial number stamp, a thin brass guard, a short rounded extended tang, a narrow rounded walnut handle with four lead rivets and no wrist lanyard hole.
Only a few of the St.
Augustine knives have 4 lead rivets and lack a lanyard hole.
Augustine Style 7SS has the same blade design as the Miami Style 7 but the blade is made of stainless steel and it has micarta handles.
It has an overall length of 9 inches and has sawteeth on the blade upper spine.
This is one of only two St.
Augustine Ek knives with sawteeth on the blade upper spine.
The saw design consists of a double row of teeth that are staggered.
This design is sometimes refered to as "Swiss Army" type teeth.
The style 7SS was intended as a Survival-Rescue knife designed to aid escape from downed aircraft.
I've never observed a St.
Augustine Style 8SS has the same blade design as the Miami Style 8 but the blade is made of stainless steel and the handles are micarta and removable.
This is one of only two St.
Augustine Ek knives with sawteeth on the blade upper spine.
The saw design consists of a double row of teeth that are staggered.
This design is sometimes refered to as "Swiss Army" type teeth.
The style 8 was intended as a Survival-Rescue knife designed for underwater use.
I've never observed a St.
Augustine Style 9 basically is the same as the Miami Style 9 floating knife.
When dropped into water it floats vertically with the blade pointing down.
The ability to float was acomplished by using wooden plugs instead of lead rivets as well as making the bolo handle slightly larger.
Augustine Floating Knife was only offered in the presentation grade.
I've never observed a St.
AUGUSTINE STYLE 10 - PROFESSIONAL Free blackjack tournaments KNIVES SET OF 3 : 9 inch length; Arrow Point Blade; Nickel-Chrome Moly Steel; Entire Point Sharpened; No handles; No lanyard hole in blade.
The overall lenght of the St.
Augustine throwing knives is not specified on the price list but is probably the same 9 inch size of the Miami style 10 throwers.
They are one inch wide with an arrow point head and two narrowed areas, one behind the head and one in front of the rear handle area.
I don't know if they have a lanyard hole in the handle.
Augustine Style 11 is the same design as the Miami Style 11.
Designed for ulitity tasks rather than a fighting knife.
I've never observed a St.
Augustine style 11 knife.
Augustine price lists, it is listed as "Not available at this time" in the January 1, 1978 price list.
Refer to the Miami Style 12 for description and photos.
AUGUSTINE STYLE 13 - FLYING MOON: Boot Dagger; 7 inch Overall Length; Stainless Steel; Black Micarta Handle With Three Brass Rivets; Lanyard Hole In Handle; The St.
Augustine Style 13 is small boot knife.
The picture shows what I suspect is a pair of these boot knives.
This presentation grade pair were purchased from Gary Ek in 1975 while John Ek was still alive.
I have no idea why they are stamped as a style 16 as 16 is the model number of the 2506 Brigade For members only knife.
Augustine style was also available in a standard grade.
Augustine Style 14 is a new design by Gary Ek.
I have never observed one of these knives.
AUGUSTINE STYLE 15 - 2506 BRIGADE SPECIAL: Presentation Grade Style 2; 7 inch Spear Point, Full Tang Blade; Nickel-Chrome Moly Steel; Etching On One Side; White Micarta Handle With Two Brass Rivets; Semi-pointed Extended Tang The St.
Augustine Style 15 is a presentation grade, style 2 knife commemorating the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba on 17 April 1961.
Brigade 2506 Brigada Asalto 2506 was the name of a CIA-sponsored Cuban exile group that attempted the military overthrow of the Fidel Castro led Cuban government.
The blade has an elaborate etching on one side.
Near the hilt is an empty scroll.
Next is an image of the Cuban Coat of Arms.
Below that is a folded scroll with the words "En Conmemoración Del Heroico Desembarco Abril 17, 1961" In Commemoration of the Heroic Landing April 17, 1961.
Next is a map of the western portion of Cuba with stars to identify "Habana" Havana and "Bahía de Cochinos" Bay of Pigs.
Finally there is a depiction of the 2506 Brigade shoulder patch at the blade tip.
The blade was acid etched by Aurum Etchings of Dallas, Texas.
The knife was issued with a hand made presentation wall cabinet.
This knife seems to be identical to the St.
Augustine Style 16 with the exception of the etching not being gold filled.
cards billboard slotmusic that there is a later version of this knife under the American Historical Foundation AHF heading.
NOTE: I have used the St.
Augustine Style 16 photos and changed the color to show what the non-gold filled acid etch should look like.
However I'm not sure of the handle material of the Model 15.
Augustine Style 15 was only offered in the presentation finish.
Photo: ebay kaasu111 Photo: ebay kaasu111 ST.
AUGUSTINE STYLE 16 - 2506 BRIGADE For members only : Presentation Grade Style 2; 7 inch Spear Point, Full Tang Blade; Nickel-Chrome Moly Steel; Gold Filled Etching On One Side; White Micarta Handle With Two Brass Rivets; Semi-pointed Extended Tang The St.
Augustine Style 16 is a presentation grade, style 2 knife commemorating the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba on 17 April 1961.
This version is intended for brigade members only.
It is similar to the style 15 but has gold filled etching and includes the brigade veteran's CIA issued four digit membership number.
Brigade 2506 Brigada Asalto 2506 was the name of a CIA-sponsored Cuban exile group that attempted the military overthrow of the Fidel Castro led Cuban government.
The blade has an elaborate gold filled etching on one side.
Near the hilt is a scroll in which a brigade veteran's membership number would be etched.
Next is an image of the Cuban Coat go here Arms.
Below that is a folded scroll with the words "En Conmemoración Del Heroico Desembarco Abril 17, 1961" In Commemoration of the Heroic Landing April 17, 1961.
Next is a map of the western portion of Cuba with stars to identify "Habana" Havana and "Bahía de Cochinos" Bay of Pigs.
Finally there is a depiction of the 2506 Brigade shoulder patch near the blade tip.
The blade was acid etched and the etching gold filled by Aurum Etchings of Dallas, Texas.
The knife was issued with a hand made presentation wall cabinet.
This knife seems to be blackjack live casino by abzorba games to the St.
Augustine Style 15 with the addition of the etching being gold filled.
Augustine Style 16 was only offered in the presentation finish.
AUGUSTINE STYLE 17 - SPECIAL WW-II COMMEMORATIVE: Presentation Grade Style 4 Original WW-II Style 7 ; 7 inch Spear Point, Full Tang Blade; With Steel Guard; Nickel-Chrome Moly Steel; Both Edges Sharpened; Rock Maple, Standard Type Handle with Poured Lead Rivets; Has Extended Tang; Has Lanyard Hole in Handle; The St.
Augustine Style 17 is WW-II Style 7 new style 4 knife originally made in Hamden Conneticut during the war.
The finish is upgraded to presentation condition.
It commemorates the Ek WW-II knives.
No sheaths were supplied with these knives.
Augustine Style 17 was only offered in the presentation finish.
I have never observed one of these knives.
AUGUSTINE STYLE 18 - SPECIAL WW-II JOHN EK COMMEMORATIVE: Presentation Grade Style 4 Original WW-II Style 7 ; 7 inch Spear Point, Full Tang Blade; With Steel Guard; Nickel-Chrome Moly Steel; Both Edges Sharpened; Etching On One Side; Rock Maple, Standard Type Handle with Poured Lead Rivets; Has Extended Tang; Has Lanyard Hole in Handle; The St.
Augustine Style 18 is WW-II Style 7 new style 4 knife originally made in Hamden Conneticut during the war.
The finish is upgraded to presentation condition.
It commemorates John Ek knifemaker.
This is the same style as Style 17 but the blade is etched.
I have never seen one of these knives but from the PL1978 price list the etching may read "John Ek Legend of a Knifemaker 9-29-1915 ---- 10-21-1976" The blade was acid etched by Aurum Etchings of Dallas, Texas.
The knife was issued with a hand made presentation wall cabinet.
Augustine Style 18 was only offered in the presentation finish.
Again, I have never observed one of these knives.
These are similar to the St.
Augustine Style 18 but there is no etching on these knives.
Original maple handles refinished by Gary W.
Finished knives repolished and sharpened.
They were offered in a very limited number.
I have never observed one of these knives.
RICHMOND VA Game blackjack In 1982 the Ek Knife business moved to Richmond Virginia.
Their motto was "Constant Improvement" using the best materials and precision craftsmanship.
There were numerous changes in the Richmond Ek knives as compared to previous Ek knives.
They included the manner in which Ek knives were named, the number of Ek blade styles made, the handle materials of the knives and except for some limited edition knives, the elimination of serial numbering of knives.
First - Richmond Ek knife types are refered to as Models rather than the previously used term, Styles.
Second - Only the first 4 of the Miami blade "styles" were retained, the rest being discontinued.
Third - With the exception of some limited edition models, serial numbering of knives was eliminated.
Forth - Stamping of blade logos was replaced by laser marking.
However there were changes in the Ek logo which can give a rough estimate of the period of manufacture: All logos have "Korea", "World War II" and "Vietnam" etched on the upper banner.
Fifth - Although the sculpted handle form remained about the same, Pakkawood, Micarta and various colors of 550 pound MILSPEC paracord wrap replaced wood as the main handle material.
The Model number of Richmond Ek knives is made up of a handle code or name code followed by one of the knife blade types 1, 2, 3, or 4.
For example a Micarta handled knife with double edge blade and no crossguard is a Model M-2 and a Single edged blade with crossguard and a Pakawood handle would be a P-3.
But in the following years, although there were only the 4 basic blade types, many more models would be introduced.
In fact the Richmond years of 1982 to 1997 introduced about 44 different knife models, the most of any time period.
A list of the 44 Richmond models with descriptions can be found Scroll down to the Richmond section.
At the bottom of the list there is a section listing all the known model codes.
Knives included in this section include Richmond, Benchmade and Collectors Club Knives.
The knife models listed below are listed in model alphanumeric order not in the order of introduction.
Most of the Richmond era knife information lists the steel as HCS-1718.
But I can find no information on this steel.
Since the Richmond blades don't appear to rust readily, it is likely the steel is one that is compariable to one of the 440 series of stainless steels.
During this period and at least until the later part of 1998, the company was located at 601 N.
Although Richmond listed the steel as HCS1718 it is believed the steel was actually 440C.
A year later the remaining unsold stock went to Blackjack when Ek Knives was sold to Click the following article in 1993.
Note: If you encounter one of these knives that is not Effingham marked but has a gray micarta handle, or it has only 2 Cross-Head screws or the screws are unevenly spaced, it is a Blackjack issued knife.
See the N-11 UDT writeup under Blackjack for more information about this knife.
These knives were issued with a Kydex dive sheath and 2 rubber leg straps.
The picture shows a Richmond knife with the rubber handle.
This knife is one of my favorite Ek Models.
Photo: knifecollector on messerforum.
It has the Desert camo paracord handle and bead blast finish on blade and guard.
It has the Operation Desert Storm Wreath and Shield emblem on the reverse ricasso.
Desert Storm was the U.
Coalition code name for the Gulf War.
These knives were issued with a desert tan web sheath.
The top knife in the picture shows a typical DP-3DS knife with the Desert Camo paracord wrap handle and Desert Storm Wreath and Shield emblem.
Note: I've observed very few of this model.
It seems the DP-4DS was much more popular.
I believe this knife is a later issue of the Desert Patrol knife.
It has the later 4 Wars Logo Gulf War Lower Banner and Desert camo paracord wrap handle but has a brush finish and bright brass guard rather than the earlier bead blast finish on the blade and guard.
It does not have the Operation Desert Storm Wreath and Shield emblem.
The picture shows a knife with Desert camo paracord wrap handle.
It has the Desert camo paracord handle and bead blast finish on blade and guard.
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Coalition code name for the Gulf War.
These knives were issued with a desert tan web sheath.
The picture shows a typical DP-4DS knife with the Desert Camo paracord wrap handle and Desert Storm Wreath and Shield emblem.
I believe this knife is a later issue of the Desert Patrol knife.
It has the later 4 Wars Logo Gulf War Lower Banner and Desert camo paracord wrap handle but has a brush finish and bright brass guard rather than the earlier bead blast finish on the blade and guard.
It does not have the Operation Desert Storm Wreath and Shield emblem.
The picture shows a DP-4 knife with Desert camo paracord wrap handle.
It has a gunstock grade checkered American walnut handle with 3 Brass Cross-Head Screws and brush finish on the blade.
It does not have a crossguard.
Some early knives were issued with the tan leather sheath.
Later, these knives were issued with the OD web sheaths.
Note: All the Model 1 and Model 2 knives were discontinued sometime before 1990.
But they were reintroduced in late 1997 in the Richmond II era.
If a Micarta model knife has a 4, 5 or 6 wars logo, then it is one of the later turtle creek casino blackjack />Information on the later knives can be found under the Richmond II heading.
The picture shows a typical G-1 knife with the checkered walnut handle and 3 Wars logo.
It has a gunstock grade checkered American walnut handle with 3 Brass Cross-Head Screws and brush finish on the blade.
It does not have a crossguard.
Some early knives were issued with the tan leather sheath.
Later, these knives were issued with the OD web sheaths.
Note: All the Model 1 and Model 2 knives were discontinued sometime before 1990.
But they were reintroduced in late 1997 in the Richmond II era.
If a Gunner model knife has a 4, 5 or 6 wars logo, then it is one of the later knives.
Information on the later knives can be found under the Richmond II heading.
The picture shows a typical G-2 knife with the checkered walnut handle and 3 Wars logo and Richmond marking.
It has a gunstock grade checkered American walnut handle with 3 Brass Cross-Head Screws and brush finish on the blade.
It has a bright brass crossguard.
Some early knives were issued with the tan leather sheath.
Later, these knives were issued with the OD web sheaths.
The picture shows a typical G-3 knife with the checkered walnut handle.
These knives can be found with and without the Richmond marking.
It has a gunstock grade checkered American walnut handle with 3 Brass Cross-Head Screws and brush finish on the blade.
It has a bright brass crossguard.
Some early knives were issued with the tan leather sheath.
Later, read more knives were issued with the OD web sheaths.
The G-4 knives are identical to the G-4 First 500 knives but lack the serial numbering and First 500 laser marking.
The picture shows a typical G-4 knife with the checkered walnut handle.
These knives can be found with and without the Richmond marking.
It has a gunstock grade checkered American walnut handle with 3 Brass Cross-Head Screws and brush finish on the blade.
It has a bright brass crossguard and is laser marked and serial numbered.
The first five hundred of the model 4 Gunner knives were set aside and laser marked "GUNNER MODEL - FIRST 500 - LIMITED EDITION".
Both the laser marking and engraved serial number are on the blade logo side.
Most of these knives were issued with the OD web sheaths.
The picture shows a typical G-4 First 500 knife with the checkered walnut handle.
These knives all have the 3 wars logo and Richmond marking.
This knife is a model 3.
It has an International Orange paracord wrap handle, brush finish on blade and bright brass crossguard.
The one issue I saw was issued with an OD web sheath.
These Orange Paracord handle knives made in late 1980.
An ebay seller of one of the knives said that Bob Buerlein in an email stated that only about 24 of the IRS-3 and IRS-4 knives were made.
But in a later answer to a query about these knives during the Richmond II era Mr.
Buerlein stated "less than 100 were made".
The picture shows a typical IRS-3 model knife with the International Orange paracord wrap handle.
This knife is a model 4.
It has an International Orange paracord wrap handle, brush finish on blade and bright brass crossguard.
The one issue I saw was issued with an OD web sheath.
These Orange Paracord handle knives made in late 1980.
An shall blackjack restaurant near me idea seller of one of the knives said that Bob Buerlein in an email stated that only about 24 of the IRS-3 and IRS-4 knives were made.
But in a later answer to a query about these knives during the Richmond II era Mr.
Buerlein stated "less than 100 were made".
The picture shows a typical IRS-4 model knife with the International Orange paracord wrap handle.
It has the Jungle camo paracord wrap handle and bead blast finish on blade.
The guard is blackened brass.
These knives were issued with a OD web sheath.
The picture shows a typical JP-3 model knife with the Jungle camo paracord wrap handle.
It has the Jungle camo paracord wrap handle and bead blast finish on blade.
The guard is blackened brass.
These knives were issued with a OD web sheath.
The picture shows a typical JP-4 model knife with the Jungle camo paracord wrap handle.
Their prices were about 30% greater than the Pakawood models.
The M-1 knife has no crossguard.
The M-1 model early knives were issued with the black leather sheath.
Later, these knives were issued with the OD web sheaths.
Note: All the Model 1 and Model 2 knives were discontinued sometime before 1990.
But they were reintroduced in late 1997 in the Richmond II era.
If a Micarta model knife has a 4, 5 or 6 wars logo, then it is one of the later knives.
Information on the later knives can be found under the Richmond II heading.
The picture shows a typical M-1 knife with the black micarta visit web page and 3 Wars logo.
Their prices were about 30% greater than the P series models.
The M-2 knife has no crossguard.
The M-2 model early knives were issued with the black leather sheath.
Later, these knives were issued with the OD web sheaths.
Note: All the Model 1 and Model 2 knives were discontinued sometime before 1990.
But they were reintroduced in late 1997 in the Richmond II era.
If a Micarta model knife has a 4, 5 or 6 wars logo, then it is one of the later knives.
Information on the later knives can be found under the Richmond II heading.
The picture shows a typical M-2 knife with the black micarta handle and 3 Wars logo.
Their prices were about 30% greater than the Pakawood models.
The M-3 knife has the micarta handle with brass crossguard.
The M-3 model early knives were issued with the black leather sheath.
Later, these knives were issued with black or OD web sheaths.
The picture shows a typical M-3 knife with the black micarta handle and 3 Wars logo.
These knives can be found with and without the Richmond marking.
Their prices were about 30% greater than the Pakawood models.
The M-4 knife has the micarta handle with brass crossguard.
The M-4 model early knives were issued with the black leather sheath.
Later, these knives were issued with the OD web sheaths.
The picture shows a typical M-4 knife with the black micarta handle and 3 Wars logo.
These knives can be found with and without the Richmond marking.
The Marine who helped design it served with the 4th.
ANGLICO is the acronym for "Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company".
They are Airborne fire support and liaison units of the United States Marine Corps.
The Model M-4A has a narrower handle and a short straight guard.
It is shown in Buerlein's book on page 156, Fig.
I have never observed one of these models and guess very few were made.
The picture shows an altered image bottom under a standard M-4 image to show fairly accurately the model M-4A's appearance.
I would guess these knives would have the 3 Wars logo and Richmond marking.
It has a smooth micarta handle with 3 poured lead rivets.
This is the only smooth handle Ek knife other than the handles of the 6 types of the American Elite Forces Fighting Knife Collection Knives.
The M-4CS knives were issued with the early black web sheath with eyelets.
The picture shows a typical M-4CS knife with the smooth micarta handle and 3 Wars logo with Richmond mark.
The resulting material can be worked with ordinary woodworking tools, then sanded and buffed to a high luster.
It can come in a rainbow of colors and will not warp, absorb water, etc.
The O-3 knife has an oak Stamina wood handle that closely resembles natural oak in both color and grain.
The O-3 model knives were issued with the OD web sheath.
The picture shows a typical O-3 knife with the oak staminawood handle and 3 Wars logo with Richmond marking.
The resulting material can be worked with ordinary woodworking tools, then sanded and buffed to a high luster.
It can come in a rainbow of colors and will not warp, absorb water, etc.
The O-4 knife has an oak Stamina wood handle that closely resembles natural oak in both color and grain.
The O-4 model knives were issued with the OD web sheath.
The picture shows a typical O-4 knife with the oak staminawood handle and 3 Wars logo with Richmond marking.
Their prices were about 75% of the price of the Micarta M-Series models.
The P Series knives have handles made of Pakkawood, a dense engineered wood made of dyed thin wood layers impregnated with phenolic resin and compressed under high pressure and heat.
The resulting material can be worked with ordinary woodworking tools, then sanded and buffed to a high luster.
It can come in a rainbow of colors and will not warp, absorb water, etc.
The P-1 knife has no crossguard.
The P-1 model knives have a dark brown woodgrain Pakkawood handle with lead rivets and no crossguard.
The P-1 knives were issued with the OD web sheaths.
Note: All the P Series Model 1 and Model 2 knives were discontinued sometime before 1990.
They were never re-introduced.
The picture shows a typical P-1 knife with the Pakkawood handle with lead rivets and 3 Wars logo with Richmond marking.
Their prices were about 75% of the price of the Micarta M-Series models.
The P Series knives have handles made of Pakkawood, a dense engineered wood made of dyed thin wood layers impregnated with phenolic resin and compressed under high pressure and heat.
The resulting material can be worked with ordinary woodworking tools, then sanded and buffed to a high luster.
It can come in a rainbow of colors and will not warp, absorb water, https://microrcracing.com/blackjack/blackjack-dealer-blog.html />The P-2 knife has no crossguard.
The P-2 model knives have a dark brown woodgrain Pakkawood handle with lead rivets and no crossguard.
The P-2 knives were issued with the OD web sheaths.
Note: All the P Series Model 1 and Model 2 knives were discontinued sometime before 1990.
They were never re-introduced.
The picture shows a typical P-2 knife with the Pakkawood handle with lead rivets and 3 Wars logo with Richmond marking.
Their prices were about 75% of the price of the Micarta M Series models.
The P Series knives have handles made of Pakkawood, a dense engineered wood made of dyed thin wood layers impregnated with phenolic resin and compressed under high pressure and heat.
The resulting material can be worked with ordinary woodworking tools, then sanded and buffed to a high luster.
It can come in a rainbow of colors and will not warp, absorb water, etc.
The P-3 model knives have a dark brown woodgrain Pakkawood handle with lead rivets and brass crossguard.
The P-3 knives were issued with the OD web sheaths.
The picture shows a typical P-3 knife with the Pakkawood handle with lead rivets and 3 Wars logo with Richmond marking.
Their prices were about 75% of the price of the Micarta M-Series models.
The P Series knives have handles made of Pakkawood, a dense engineered wood made of dyed thin wood layers impregnated with phenolic resin and compressed under high pressure and heat.
The resulting material can be worked with ordinary woodworking tools, then sanded and buffed to a high luster.
It can come in a rainbow of colors and will not warp, absorb water, etc.
The P-4 model knives have a dark brown woodgrain Pakkawood handle with lead rivets and brass crossguard.
The P-4 knives were issued with the OD web sheaths.
The picture shows a typical P-4 knife with the Pakkawood handle with lead rivets and 3 Wars logo with Richmond marking.
These knives were custom built to order.
I believe this handle choice became available some time around 1990.
The picture shows a typical S-3 knife with the Stag handle and 3 Wars logo.
These knives are rare as they were all special orders.
These knives were custom built to order.
I believe this handle choice became available some time around 1990.
The picture shows a typical S-4 knife with the Stag handle and 3 Wars logo.
These knives are rare as they were all special orders.
Anniversary Ek Model 4 knife.
These knives have a Stag handle made from imported India Stag Horn.
The blade has a high polish and a gold-filled engraved, waving scroll with the words "1941 FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY 1991".
The brass crossguard and cross-head screws are beautifully engraved with an acorn and oak leaf pattern and are gold plated.
One edge of the exposed tang between the stag handles is engraved "EK COMMANDO KNIFE COMPANY RICHMOND, VIRGINIA".
The opposite edge is engraved "CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF AMERICA'S FINEST 1941-1991".
The pictures show a typical DELUXE 150 knife with the Stag handle and no logo.
These knives are rare as there were only 150 of them made.
Not all were sold and the remaining knives were included in the sale of stock to Blackjack.
It has a wrapped handle consisting of 18 feet of 550 lb.
MILSPEC paracord in Olive Drab color, brush finish on the blade and bright brass crossguard.
Richmond's registered name for the paracord wrapped handle was "Paragrip".
These knives were priced at about 65% of the cost of a M-3 model knife.
Knives were issued with an OD web sheath with the lower section wrapped with OD paracord.
The sheaths have 6 metal eyelets on the sheath upper front and upper rear sections.
The eyelets are similar to those found on the U.
Army LC-2 equipment belt.
Later knives were issued with a later OD sheath without eyelets and then a sheath without eyelets or the lower paracord wrap.
No paracord handled model 1's or 2's were made this Richmond period but some were made during the Richmond II period.
Note that there are 2 handle profiles on these knives, a handle with a tapered tang and thin crossguard and a handle with a straight tang and normal thickness crossguard.
I believe the knives with the tapered tangs are the earlier models.
It has a wrapped handle consisting of 18 feet of 550 lb.
MILSPEC paracord in Olive Drab color, brush finish on the blade and bright brass crossguard.
Richmond's registered name for the paracord wrapped handle was "Paragrip".
These knives were priced at about 65% of the cost of a M-4 model knife.
No paracord handled model 1's or 2's were made this Richmond period but some were made during the Richmond II period.
One hundred of each of the three models were made.
All are identical with the exception of the paracord handle wrap color and serial number.
These knives were a limited edition and were supposedly sold at the Soldier Of Fortune show in Orlando, FL in 1992.
The SOF-BLACK has a black paracord wrap handle and bead blast finish on blade and guard.
The SOF-BLACK knives were issued with the black web sheath with a lower wrap of black paracord.
The leftmost of the three knives in the first two pictures show a typical SOF-BLACK knife with the black paracord wrap handle.
Note: Some of these knives were later sold by Blackjack.
They are Effingham marked and lack a serial number.
There are also two Blackjack models with the SOF logo.
They are the PJ-3W SOF and PJ-3W SOF.
The Blackjack models have the SOF logo on the same side as odds blackjack of wiz 3 Wars logo and almost in the center of the blade.
One hundred of each of the three models were made.
All are identical with the exception of the paracord handle wrap color and serial number.
These knives were a limited edition and were supposedly sold at the Soldier Of Fortune show in Orlando, FL in 1992.
The SOF-GREEN has a green paracord wrap handle and bead blast finish on blade and guard.
The SOF-GREEN knives were issued with the green web sheath with a lower wrap of green paracord.
The center of the three knives in the first two pictures show a typical SOF-GREEN knife with the green paracord wrap handle.
Note: Some of these knives were later sold by Blackjack.
They are Effingham marked and lack a serial number.
There are also two Blackjack models with the SOF logo.
They are the PJ-3W SOF and PJ-3W SOF.
The Blackjack models have the SOF logo on the same side as the 3 Wars logo and almost in the center of the blade.
One hundred of each of the three models were made.
All are identical with the exception of the paracord handle wrap color and serial number.
These knives were a limited edition and were supposedly sold at the Soldier Of Fortune show in Orlando, FL in 1992.
The SOF-JUNGLE has a green paracord wrap handle and bead blast finish on blade and guard.
The SOF-JUNGLE knives were issued with the green web sheath with a lower wrap of jungle camo paracord.
The rightmost of the three knives in the first two pictures show a typical SOF-JUNGLE knife with the jungle camo paracord wrap handle.
Note: Some of these knives were later sold by Blackjack.
They are Effingham marked and lack a serial number.
There are also two Blackjack models with the SOF logo.
They are the PJ-3W SOF and PJ-3W SOF.
The Blackjack models have the SOF logo on the same side as the 3 Wars logo and almost in the center of the blade.
It has a wrapped handle consisting of 18 feet of 550 lb.
MILSPEC paracord and a brush finish on the blade.
The brass crossguard has grooves around the edhes and is blackened.
The reverse blade side has extensive laser marking.
The knives were initially issued in a mahogany display case with Tiger Stripe pattern camoflauge cloth lining.
Included was a MACV-SOG cloth patch.
Some also included additional SF patches or pins.
Later ones were issued with a black web sheath in the Richmond black box.
There is also a writeup on the knife in the Fall 1991 issue of Fighting Knives.
The pictures show a typical MACV-SOG marked knife with the Black paracord wrap handle.
It has a wrapped handle consisting of 18 feet of black 550 lb.
MILSPEC paracord, brush finish on the blade and bright brass crossguard.
Richmond's registered name for the paracord wrapped handle was "Paragrip".
These SWAT-3 knives were priced considerably lower than the cost of a M-3 model knife.
Early knives were issued with the black leather sheath.
Later knives were issued with a black web sheath with lower section wrapped with black paracord and 6 metal eyelets on the sheath upper front and upper rear sections.
The eyelets are similar to those found on the U.
Army LC-2 equipment belt.
No paracord handled model 1's or 2's were made this Richmond period but some were made during the Richmond II period.
The picture shows a typical SWAT-3 model knife with the Black paracord wrap handle.
It has a wrapped handle consisting of 18 feet of black 550 lb.
MILSPEC paracord, brush finish on the blade and bright brass crossguard.
Richmond's registered name for the paracord wrapped handle was "Paragrip".
These SWAT-4 knives were priced considerably lower than the cost of a M-4 model knife.
The knives were issued with a black web sheath with lower section wrapped with black paracord and 6 metal eyelets on the sheath upper front and upper rear sections.
The eyelets are similar to those found on the U.
Army LC-2 equipment belt.
No paracord handled model 1's or 2's were made this Richmond period but some were made during the Richmond II period.
The picture shows a typical SWAT-4 model knife with the Black paracord wrap handle.
The Professional Throwing knives all have a bead blast finish and no lanyard hole in the handle.
They have the Ek logo in the center of the blade.
There is no Richmond VA marking.
The single throwers were issued with a simple leather belt sheath with friction-fit pocket and without a retention strap.
Note: The Professional Throwing knives are first documented in the 50th.
Anniversary Gold Catalog 1991.
The Professional Throwing knives all have a bead blast finish and no lanyard hole in the handle.
They have the Ek logo in the center of the blade.
There is no Richmond VA marking.
The Set Of Three throwers were issued with a leather belt sheath with a set of 3 overlapping friction-fit pockets.
The sheath had no retention straps.
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Anniversary Gold Catalog 1991.
The Large Throwers all have a brush finish and have a lanyard hole in the handle.
The arrow shaped head 2 inches wide and is wider than the rest of the throwers' body.
They have the 3 Wars Logo in the center of the blade.
There is no Richmond VA marking.
The large throwers came with a green web belt sheath with a snap type retaining strap.
These are the same throwing knives as the Professional Throwing knives shown above.
They have a bead blast finish and no lanyard hole in the handle.
They have the Ek logo in the center of the blade.
There is no Richmond VA marking.
These throwers were issued in a set of 6 in an OD Cordura roll bag with Velcro fastener.
I can only conclude that the Richmond W-4 model Wood is identical to the G-4 Gunner model.
It may be that the W- designaton was used after G- description.
Most of the W-4 knives were issued with the tan leather sheath.
But I've noted one with the early black web sheath with eyelets.
Oddly I've never noted a box marked W-1, W-2 or W-3 model knife.
The picture shows a typical W-4 knife with the checkered walnut handle.
The W-4 knives all have the Ek logo with Richmond marking.
The knives have a maple handle fastened slotswise frenzy 3 large copper rivits that are peened over copper washers like the ones used in the handle of the British MOD 3 Survival knife.
It has a bead blasted blade and a square steel, bead blasted crossguard.
The maple handle slabs are a little wider than the blade tang, a feature that helps keep the bare skin of the palm from touching very hot or very cold metal of the blade tang.
The WAR model knives were issued with the OD web sheath.
Very early knives can be found with Richmond marking but most do not have it.
At some point, the letters U.
I believe that earlier knives don't have the U.
Some of these models can also be found with a Hoffritz mark.
Hoffritz was a U.
It also looks to possibly have a walnut handle and slightly different rivets than later WAR models.
The second picture shows a model with the standard maple handle and copper rivets but lacking the U.
The third shows a standard WAR model with the U.
The WAR knife name is an abreviation for "Warrior".
The knives have a maple handle fastened with 3 copper rivets like the ones used in the handle of the British MOD 3 Survival knife.
It has a bead blasted blade and a square steel, bead blasted crossguard.
The maple handle slabs are a little wider than the blade tang, a feature that helps keep the bare skin of the palm from touching very hot or very cold metal of the blade tang.
The DESERT WAR knives were issued with the desert tan web sheath with the lower portion wrapped with desert camo paracord.
These knives can be found with and without a U.
I believe that the earlier knives don't have the U.
The first image shows a model with the standard maple handle and copper rivets but lacking the Please click for source />The second shows a standard WAR model with the U.
I coined the code just for use as a model identifier.
These knives have brush finish blades and light colored maple handles.
They also have brass X-Head screws.
These knives are unusual as I've only noted one set of 5 knives, a model 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Very nice knives that came with Desert Tan Tube Bottom sheaths with Desert Camo Paracord wrap and pigtailed leg tie.
These knives may have been a custom order.
The picture shows a typical WM-1 knife with the Maple handle and 4 Wars logo.
I coined the code just for use as a model identifier.
These knives have brush finish blades and light colored maple handles.
They also have brass X-Head screws.
These knives are unusual as I've only noted one set of 5 knives, a model 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Very nice knives that came with Desert Tan Tube Bottom sheaths with Desert Camo Paracord wrap and pigtailed leg tie.
These knives may have been a custom order.
The picture shows a typical WM-2 knife with the Maple handle and 4 Wars logo.
I coined the code just for use as a model identifier.
These knives have brush finish blades and light colored maple handles.
They also have a brass crossguard and brass X-Head screws.
These knives are unusual as I've only noted one set of 5 knives, a model 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Very nice knives that came with Desert Tan Tube Bottom sheaths with Desert Camo Paracord wrap and pigtailed leg tie.
These knives may have been a custom order.
The picture shows a typical WM-3 knife with the Maple handle and 4 Wars logo.
I coined the code just for use as a model identifier.
These knives have brush finish blades and light colored maple handles.
They also have a brass crossguard and brass X-Head screws.
These knives are unusual as I've only noted one set of 5 knives, a model 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Very nice knives that came with Desert Tan Tube Bottom sheaths with Desert Camo Paracord wrap and pigtailed leg tie.
These knives may have been a custom order.
The picture shows a typical WM-4 knife with the Maple handle and 4 Wars logo.
AHF - AMERICAN HISTORICAL FOUNDATION - RICHMOND VA KNIVES The American Historical Foundation, AHF, is a company that sold John Ek Commemorative knives.
The company address was 1142 W.
Richmond, VA and was owned by Robert A.
Buerlein who was also the President of the Ek Commando Knife Company.
Most of these commemoratives were sold in the period of 1982 to 1991.
There are 16 AHF Ek Commemorative knives that I am aware of: 45th.
Anniversary Ek Commando Knives - 2 Types: 45th.
ANNIVERSARY OLD STYLE WW-II KNIVES - Issue of 100 numbered knives 45th.
ANNIVERSARY NEW STYLE KNIVES - Issue of 500 numbered knives Miami Knives - 4 Types: MIAMI MODEL 2 - Issue of 50 numbered knives MIAMI MODEL 4 - Issue of 50 numbered knives MIAMI PRESENTATION THROWER SET - Issue of 50 pair of numbered throwing knives MIAMI FIELD GRADE THROWER SET - Issue of 50 pair of numbered throwing knives American Elite Forces Fighting Knife Collection Knives - 6 Types: U.
ARMY SPECIAL FORCES - MODEL 4 U.
ARMY RANGERS - MODEL 4 U.
AIRBORNE FORCES - MODEL 4 U.
MARINE RECON - MODEL 3 U.
AIR SPECIAL OPERATIONS - MODEL 1 D-DAY Commemorative Knives - 2 Types: D-DAY - MODEL 4 D-DAY MUSEUM VERSION - MODEL 4 Individual Knives - 2 Types: 50th.
ANNIVERSARY EK COMMANDO KNIVES - MODEL 4 BAY OF PIGS - MODEL 4 Some of these knives were also sold through "The Military Knife and Bayonet Club" associated with The Military Knife and Bayonet Museum housed at the same address as AHF and again, a business run by Robert A.
The blades have been lightly cleaned and blued.
The knives were hilted with new maple handles with poured lead rivets by Gary Ek, John Ek's son.
A thin brass guard is present on all knives irrespective of their original style number.
The number is read with the knife pointing up.
The knives continue reading issued in a museum style wood case with angled top and covered with an acrylic lid.
In the bottom of the display box is an authentication sheet with description.
A set of white gloves for handling and a blue Ek patch was also included.
The picture shows a knife that was issued with the wood case.
Anniversary New Style knife is an M-4 model knife and one of two models celebrating the 45th.
Anniversary of Ek Knives.
The knife has the micarta handle with brass crossguard.
The blade is laser marked "Ek Commando Knife 45th.
Anniversary 1941-1986" on the logo side and numbered nnn read with the blade pointed up on the reverse ricasso.
Anniversary New Style knives were issued with the black leather sheath.
The knives can also be found with the optional mahogany display case with acrylic cover.
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Anniversary New Style knife knife with the micarta handle and laser marked blade rahapeliopas blackjack 3 Wars logo and Richmond marking.
Brigade 2506 Brigada Asalto 2506 was the name of a CIA-sponsored Cuban exile group that attempted the military overthrow of the Fidel Castro led Cuban government.
The blade has an elaborate etching on one side.
Near the hilt is an empty scroll.
Next is an image of the Cuban Coat of Arms.
Below that is a folded scroll with the words "En Conmemoración Del Heroico Desembarco Abril 17, 1961" In Commemoration of the Heroic Landing April 17, 1961.
Next is a map of the western portion of Cuba with stars to identify "Habana" Havana and "Bahía de Cochinos" Bay of Pigs.
Finally there is a depiction of the 2506 Brigade shoulder patch at the blade tip.
The blade is acid etched and may have been done by the same company that did the St.
Augustine Style 15 2506 BRIGADE SPECIAL and 16 2506 BRIGADE, the company Aurum Etchings of Dallas, Texas.
The knife was issued with a Richmond Walnut Individual Knife Display Box.
Note that there is an earlier commemorative version of this knife, the St.
It has a gunstock grade checkered American walnut handle with 3 Brass Cross-Head Screws good cheating blackjack apologise brush finish on the blade.
It has a bright brass crossguard with a serial number stamped on one of the guard outside flat edges.
The Certificates of Authenticity for these knives state that they were a limited edition of 1945 knives.
I have never noted a D-Day knife with a serial number greater than 40 so I would guess that fewer than 100 of this version of the D-Day knives were made.
Both sides of the blade have extensive fiat 500 segunda mano marking.
On the blade front side is the 5 wars logo with Richmond Mark and the words "ACCEPT NOTHING LESS THAN FULL VICTORY" on a wavy folded scroll along the blade.
On the reverse side there is an image of the "Rainbow over Flaming Sword" U.
Army Europe shoulder patch on the ricasso and the words "IN HONOR OF THE D-DAY INVASION SIXTH OF JUNE, 1944" on a wavy folded scroll along the blade.
The pictures shows a typical D-DAY knife with the checkered walnut handle.
No sheaths were issued with these knives.
The knives can also be found with the optional mahogany display case with acrylic cover.
This is the Museum Visit web page with a high polish blade with gold-filled engraving.
It has a gunstock grade checkered American walnut handle with 3 Brass Cross-Head Screws.
The brass crossguard and cross-head screws are beautifully engraved with an acorn and oak leaf pattern and are gold plated.
I would guess that very few of this version of the D-Day knives were made.
Both sides of the blackjack knife history have extensive gold filled engraving.
On the front side there is an image of the "Rainbow over Flaming Sword" U.
Army Europe shoulder patch on the ricasso and the words "IN HONOR OF THE D-DAY INVASION SIXTH OF JUNE, 1944" on a wavy folded scroll along the blade.
I've only noted one of these knives and am not sure if these knives have a serial number.
There does not appear to be a stamped number on the engraved crossguard edge.
On the blade rear side is the 5 wars logo with Richmond Mark and the words "ACCEPT NOTHING LESS THAN FULL VICTORY" on a wavy folded scroll along the blade.
The pictures shows a typical D-DAY Museum Version knife with the checkered walnut handle.
No sheaths were issued with these knives.
The knives were issued in a display case with hinged glass cover.
Probably very few were made.
The knives were hilted with new walnut handles and poured lead rivets by Gary Ek, John Ek's son.
Notice that the k in the word knife on the engraving is not capitalized.
These knives were issued in a green velvet covered clamshell box with a Woodland Pattern camouflage pattern lining.
A Certificate of Authenticity was included.
No sheaths were issued with these knives.
Note: These knives are often mistaken for Vietnam Era Miami knives.
Although fit and finish on these knives exceeds the majority of the original Miami knives, the Limited Edition knives were issued around 1986.
The knives were hilted with new walnut handles and poured lead rivets by Gary Ek, John Ek's son.
Notice that the k in the word knife on the engraving is not capitalized.
These knives were issued in a green velvet covered clamshell box with a Woodland Pattern camouflage pattern lining.
A Certificate of Authenticity was included.
No sheaths were issued with these knives.
Note: These knives are often mistaken for Vietnam Era Miami knives.
Although fit and finish on these knives exceeds the majority of the original Miami knives, the Limited Edition knives were issued around 1986.
The AHF Miami Field Grade Throwers are a limited edition of 50 pairs of throwing knives.
The second is blackjack never split tens except that the serial number is "nn-B".
Notice that the K in the word Knife on the engraving is capitalized unlike the AHF Miami Models 2 and 4.
There are two sets of 6 wraps of white rawhide, one set learn more here each of the narrow sections of each thrower.
These throwing knives were issued in a green velvet covered clamshell box with a Woodland Pattern camouflage pattern lining.
A Certificate of Authenticity was included.
No sheaths were issued with these throwers.
These limited edition throwing knives were issued around 1986.
The AHF Miami Presentation Throwers are a limited edition of 50 pairs of throwing knives.
The second is identical except that the serial number is "nn-B".
Notice that the K in the word Knife on the engraving is capitalized unlike the AHF Miami Models 2 and 4.
There are two sets of 7 wraps of brown lacing, one set at each of the narrow sections of each thrower.
These throwing knives were issued in a green velvet covered clamshell box with a Woodland Pattern camouflage pattern lining.
A Certificate of Authenticity was included.
No sheaths were issued with these throwers.
These limited edition throwing knives were issued around 1986.
Note that there is an error in the engraving of this set 26.
Both throwers marked -B rather than -A and -B.
AIRBORNE FORCES knife is a limited edition of 2500 knives and one of 6 types of knives of the AHF American Elite Forces Fighting Knife Collection.
It was the first of the 6 types to be issued.
These Elite Forces knives were issued with a Certificate of Authenticity, article source Care and Preservation of Edged Weapons pamphlet, white cotton gloves and a delivery ticket.
No sheaths were issued with these knives.
An optional mahogany blackjack knife history case with acrylic cover was also available and are seen with most knives.
When the display case was ordered, a sewn patch and sometimes additional items such as the Ek branded cleaning cloth or an American flag decal were included.
There was also an optional wall display plaque that could be ordered to allow the blackjack knife history of all six of the Elite Forces Fighting Knife Collection.
The picture shows a typical AHF U.
AIRBORNE FORCES knife with the maroon-rosewood laminated handle and engraved blade.
The engraving reads "In Honor of.
Airborne All the Way U.
The rear side of the blade is not engraved but has the 3 wars logo with the Richmond marking and is serialized under the marking with a number from 0001 to 2500.
ARMY SPECIAL FORCES knife is a limited edition of 2500 knives and one of 6 types of knives of the AHF American Elite Forces Fighting Knife Collection.
I believe it was the second of the 6 types to be issued.
These Elite Forces knives were issued with a Certificate of Authenticity, a Care and Preservation of Edged Weapons pamphlet, white cotton gloves and a delivery ticket.
No sheaths were issued with these knives.
An optional mahogany display case with acrylic cover was also available and are seen with most knives.
When the display case was ordered, a sewn patch and sometimes additional items such as the Ek branded cleaning cloth or an American flag decal were included.
There was also an optional wall display plaque that could be ordered to allow the display of all six of the Elite Forces Fighting Knife Collection.
The picture shows a typical AHF U.
ARMY SPECIAL FORCES knife with the dark green laminated handle and engraved blade.
The engraving reads "In Honor of.
To Free the Oppressed U.
The rear side of the blade is not engraved but has the 3 wars logo with the Richmond marking and is serialized under the marking with a number from 0001 to 2500.
ARMY RANGERS knife is a limited edition of 2500 knives and one of 6 types of knives of the AHF American Elite Forces Fighting Knife Collection.
I believe it continue reading the third of the 6 types to be issued.
These Elite Forces knives were issued with a Certificate of Authenticity, a Care and Preservation of Edged Weapons pamphlet, white cotton gloves and a delivery ticket.
No sheaths were issued with these knives.
An optional mahogany display case with acrylic cover was also available and are seen with most knives.
When the display case was ordered, a sewn patch and sometimes additional items such as the Ek branded cleaning cloth or an American flag decal were included.
There was also an optional wall display plaque that could be ordered to allow the display of all six of the Elite Forces Fighting Knife Collection.
The picture shows a typical AHF U.
ARMY RANGERS knife with the black laminated handle and engraved blade.
The engraving reads "In Honor of.
To Free the Oppressed U.
The rear side of the blade is not engraved but has the 3 wars logo with the Richmond marking and is serialized under the marking with a number from 0001 to 2500.
NAVY SEAL UDT knife is a limited edition of 2500 knives and one of 6 types of knives of the AHF American Elite Forces Fighting Knife Collection.
I believe it was the fourth of the 6 types to be issued.
These Elite Forces knives were issued with a Certificate of Authenticity, a Care and Preservation of Edged Weapons pamphlet, white cotton gloves and a delivery ticket.
No sheaths were issued with these knives.
An optional mahogany display case with acrylic cover was also available and are seen with most knives.
When the display case was ordered, a sewn patch and sometimes additional items such as the Ek branded cleaning cloth or an American flag decal were included.
There was also an optional wall display plaque that blackjack knife history be ordered to allow the display of all six of the Elite Forces Fighting Knife Collection.
The picture shows a typical AHF U.
NAVY SEAL UDT knife with the light yellow laminated handle and engraved blade.
The engraving reads "In Honor of.
Sea Air Land U.
The rear side of the blade is not engraved but has the 3 wars logo with the Richmond marking and is serialized under the marking with a number from 0001 to 2500.
MARINE RECON knife is a limited edition of 2500 knives and one of 6 types of knives of the AHF American Elite Forces Fighting Knife Collection.
These Elite Forces knives were issued with a Certificate of Authenticity, a Care and Preservation of Edged Weapons pamphlet, white cotton gloves and a delivery ticket.
No sheaths were issued with these knives.
An optional mahogany display case with acrylic cover was also available and are seen with most knives.
When the display case was ordered, a sewn patch and sometimes additional items such as the Ek branded cleaning cloth or an American flag decal were included.
There was also an optional wall display plaque that could be ordered to allow the display of all six of the Elite Forces Fighting Knife Collection.
The picture shows a typical AHF U.
MARINE RECON knife with the brown laminated handle and engraved blade.
The engraving reads "In Honor of.
Swift Silent Deadly U.
The rear side of the blade is not engraved but has the 3 wars logo with the Richmond marking and is serialized under the marking with a number from 0001 to 2500.
AIR SPECIAL OPERATIONS - MODEL 1 knife is a limited edition of 2500 knives and one of 6 types of knives of the AHF American Elite Forces Fighting Knife Collection.
I believe it was the sixth of the 6 types to be issued.
These Elite Forces knives were issued with a Certificate of Authenticity, a Care and Preservation of Edged Weapons pamphlet, white cotton gloves and a delivery ticket.
No sheaths were issued with these knives.
An optional mahogany display case with acrylic cover was also available and are seen with most knives.
When the display case was ordered, a sewn patch and sometimes additional items such as the Ek branded cleaning cloth or an American flag decal were included.
There was also an optional wall display plaque that could be ordered to allow the display of all six of the Elite Forces Fighting Knife Collection.
The picture shows a typical U.
AIR SPECIAL OPERATIONS - MODEL 1 knife with the dark green laminated handle and engraved blade.
The engraving reads "In Honor of.
Any Time Any Place Air Special Operations".
The rear side of the blade is not engraved but has the 3 wars logo with the Richmond marking and is serialized under the marking with a number from 0001 to 2500.
BLACKJACK EFFINGHAM IL KNIVES The Ek Commando Knife company was "sold" to Blackjack Knives in 1993.
At that time Blackjack also bought almost all of the Richmond Ek knife stock.
So it seems that while Blackjack Knives began the manufacture and sale of Ek "production" knives in Effigham, IL, some "custom" Ek knife fabrication continued in Richmond, VA.
Blackjack Knives produced Read more knives from 1993 to sometime in 1995.
Most of the Blackjack branded Ek knives were marked "MADE IN U.
However a lot of the Richmond unsold knife stock was purchased by Blackjack Knives in the deal.
And although almost all Blackjack Ek knives were Effingham marked, some of the early Blackjack knives were Richmond made and then Effingham marked.
When Blackjack started producing Ek knives they were the equal of the Richmond knives with regards to quality.
But as the Blackjack Knife company went through internal problems, quality control began slipping.
Towards the end, there were some very poorly finished Ek knives being made.
There was a lot of conjecture about the cause of the companies internal problems.
It seems blame fell into two camps.
One camp blamed Mike Stewart, the head of Blackjack Knives during the Ek period.
The other camp blamed the investors and former controller.
The discord resulted in Blackjack declaring bankruptcy in 1997.
The N may have been a reference to the Neoprene rubber grips.
I don't know why 11 was chosen for a model number.
None of the N-11 UDT knives were made by Blackjack.
All are from the unsold Richmond DIVER-UDT knife stock that blackjack odds table on bought by Blackjack.
They were simply rebranded with the Effingham mark on the blade.
There are several different versions of these knives.
The first Blackjack N-11 UDT knives were identical to the Richmond DIVER UDT knives.
They had the same neoprene handle and were issued with the same Kydex dive sheath and 2 rubber leg straps.
The only differences were the Effingham blade marking and the Blackjack Ek box.
However the molds to make the neoprene handles were never transfered to Blackjack.
When Blackjack ran out of handles with a significant number of blades remaining, they put on gray micarta handles and enclosed a small slip of paper that stated "The rubber handle and extra screw set for your UDT follow upon completion of our mold".
Later the decision was made not to continue offering N-11 UDT, so no further rubber handles were made.
These early gray micarta handled knives were issued with the same Kydex dive sheath and 2 rubber leg straps.
Still later, they ran out of the Kydex dive sheaths and all the remaining knives were issued with the gray micarta handles and with black Eagle Brand sheaths with a hard plastic liner.
Mike Stewart was the head of Blackjack Knives during the Ek period.
I had link interest in making any more and just dropped it from the line as soon as we exhausted the parts on hand.
With that said--it would seem that they are actually a very rare model and should be very desirable to EK collectors.
Note that the micarta handles had only 2 rather than the previous 3 cross head screws.
All are from the unsold Richmond knife stock that was bought by Blackjack.
Some may lack stamped serial numbers.
This knife is a model 4 and one of 2 models commemorating the 60th Anniversary go here D-Day, the 6 June 1944 Allied Invasion of Normandy.
It has a gunstock grade checkered American walnut handle with 3 Brass Cross-Head Screws and brush finish on the blade.
It has a bright brass crossguard with a serial number stamped on one of the guard outside flat edges.
The Certificates of Authenticity for these knives state that they were a limited edition of 1945 knives.
I have never noted a D-Day knife with a serial number greater than 40 so I would guess that fewer than 100 of this version of the D-Day knives were made.
Both sides of the blade have extensive laser marking.

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