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wwii #1 pattern John Ek knife

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ID:	250007 just got the knife from a yard sale . lady said was her husbands from the military in wwii and he was in the pacific theater . she didnt know much more about it. can anyone tell me was it military issue or privite purchase with the ek knifes cant find much info on this type.

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    EK Knives were private purchase. I may be wrong, but I believe the earlier EK knives are very uncommon.

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    This is a very nice, original 'first generation' WWII John Ek knife........!

    Apparently he only sold his knives to U.S. servicemen. Each had an individual
    serial number. This one appears to have a very low number.
    '1E 55' means "Model 1" - 5,055th knife made.

    Worth quite a bit of money today - $500 to $800 - perhaps even more
    and I'd guess you got it for a song - they are rather scarce,
    and highly collectable !


    Congrats.........!
    Last edited by Walkwolf; 10-12-2011 at 04:29 AM.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    thanks for the info .would you know if I could find out info on the knife from the serial # on it? also I only paid $20 for it. i guess I should of offerd more!

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    If you Google "Gen 1 John EK Knife" you may come up with more info.
    I found a brief article on 'Ebay reviews', which tells about the history
    of Ek knives, and various models up to today.

    I have owned a few '2nd generation' Ek knives. The Model 5 Bowie
    is my favorite, although I only have a 2nd generation Effingham
    Model 6 double-edge Bowie right now.

    I edited my last post - don't know if you read it all yet.



    $20 - Wow, what a steal. The find of a lifetime !
    Luck; Right place, right time.........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    I have to agree . it's still worth it to go the yard sales , never know what you will find. thanks again for the info ,a big help!! lamont

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    THAT is a great knife. Early Eks are hard to find and are usually very expensive
    if you have to buy one from a dealer. Finding one for $20 at a yard sale is like winning the lottery.---------Congratulations

    The book "Allied Military Fighting Knives" by Robert Buerlein has a chapter
    devoted to John Ek knives and has a lot of information about the knives.


    Here is my Vietnam era Ek (bottom) to compare against.
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    Nice knives Greg. Love the Randall.........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Thanks Steve,
    All I need now is an original SOG to go with these other Vietnam vets.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    YES it's TRUE!

    This is one of my Father John Ek's original Commando Knives ...a Model #1 although the E series Serial #E55 is missing a digit -it is a very rare knife - and valued in today's market at $2000 - I would gladly repay you $20 for it !
    - Gary W. Ek

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