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Old EKA Knife 484

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Old EKA Knife
« on: January 08, 2019, 08:08:20 PM »
I was out shopping for a new settee today, but ended up buying a couple of cheep antique pocket knives and a pound of steak mince... as you do.

One of the pocket knives was just a little prince type two bladed affair that had a lovely back spring and scales... but the two blades were rather shagged, but I bought it anyway.

However, the other knife I thought was far more interesting and that's why I bought it. It's an old or oldish EKA with quite a charming blade on it, but what really caught my eye was the back spring - it was brass. I  can't remember every seeing that before, anyone else?

Anyway, I'm going to clean it up tomorrow.





« Last Edit: January 08, 2019, 08:10:40 PM by Fuzzbucket »

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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2019, 08:13:58 PM »
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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2019, 08:16:34 PM »
Looks like a great knife(great stamping on tang)! But, that said, I haven't seen a brass back spring before. Can't imagine it being a good metal for that, but what do I know? I'm spoiled with those new fangled steel springs. :)

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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2019, 08:20:14 PM »
Neat knives  :tu:.  Brass back spring?  Id have figured brass would be much to soft  :dunno:

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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2019, 08:21:33 PM »
New one on me too, good catch, shes a beauty   :tu:
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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2019, 08:23:23 PM »
Yeah, it's ah... not got the greatest snap on it.  :facepalm:

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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2019, 08:31:53 PM »
Nice knives Fuzzy  :tu: :like:

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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2019, 09:33:10 PM »
I was out shopping for a new settee today, but ended up buying a couple of cheep antique pocket knives and a pound of steak mince... as you do.


However, the other knife I thought was far more interesting and that's why I bought it. It's an old or oldish EKA with quite a charming blade on it, but what really caught my eye was the back spring - it was brass. I  can't remember every seeing that before, anyone else?

Anyway, I'm going to clean it up tomorrow.



Nice find Fuzzbucket! :like: :tu: :tu:

I own a fair number of EKA's, but I have never seen one with a brass spring before. I would not think that brass would make for a good spring, but I think that is a cool find! :D

Possibly someone replaced the original spring.

I like EKA's, particularly the Super Swedes and Model 92's. They are great EDC knives. :cheers:


« Last Edit: January 08, 2019, 09:54:09 PM by VICMAN »
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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2019, 09:33:57 PM »
Yeah, it's ah... not got the greatest snap on it.  :facepalm:
Possibly a knife that the original spring broke and someone, trying to save it, only had the stuff to grind/shape a piece of brass to make a spring? Although, it doesn't look like it has been disassembled. Maybe someone used that blade in a custom handle? And didn't realize brass is a terrible spring material?  :think: :dunno:

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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2019, 09:36:49 PM »
Brass springs were common in the days when stainless alloys were decent for blades, but proved too brittle for springs. Somewhere I've got a little Latama keyring knife that's got chrome plated brass springs.

That's a nice looking EKA. I really don't like today's plastic scaled ones as they're always cracked right out of the box, not to mention $25-30. I paid $8 each for the two Swede 88s I have, and woudln't pay a penny more; even though the Sandvik 12C27 steel is awesome. My favorite EKAs are the three-bladed Gentleman's Knives, with a blade, nailfile, and combination screwdriver/bottle opener. Not to mention cool scales based on Viking patterns.
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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2019, 10:22:22 PM »
Thank's everybody - great comments and info as usual!  :cheers:

If I get the chance tomorrow, I'll give it a bit of a clean and post some more pics. I tell you what's ironic though and only just noticed it, it's got a brass spring and liners, but steel bolsters!  :o

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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2019, 10:24:58 PM »
Brass springs were common in the days when stainless alloys were decent for blades, but proved too brittle for springs. Somewhere I've got a little Latama keyring knife that's got chrome plated brass springs.

That's a nice looking EKA. I really don't like today's plastic scaled ones as they're always cracked right out of the box, not to mention $25-30. I paid $8 each for the two Swede 88s I have, and woudln't pay a penny more; even though the Sandvik 12C27 steel is awesome. My favorite EKAs are the three-bladed Gentleman's Knives, with a blade, nailfile, and combination screwdriver/bottle opener. Not to mention cool scales based on Viking patterns.

Go on, post a pic - you know you want to!  :pok:

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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2019, 11:31:36 PM »
Brass springs were common in the days when stainless alloys were decent for blades, but proved too brittle for springs. Somewhere I've got a little Latama keyring knife that's got chrome plated brass springs.

That's a nice looking EKA. I really don't like today's plastic scaled ones as they're always cracked right out of the box, not to mention $25-30. I paid $8 each for the two Swede 88s I have, and woudln't pay a penny more; even though the Sandvik 12C27 steel is awesome. My favorite EKAs are the three-bladed Gentleman's Knives, with a blade, nailfile, and combination screwdriver/bottle opener. Not to mention cool scales based on Viking patterns.

Go on, post a pic - you know you want to!  :pok:

Sure, no problem. The Latama and an EKA Swingblade Fish Knife was in that same tacklebox (that's mostly what my collection is stored in, tough and cheap) too.


The Gentleman's Knife advertises Flygt, a Swedish pump manufacturer. Comes with a sewn ( upholstery vinyl?) pouch







The Latama (made in Italy, but Latama was an NY based importer, not a manufacturer) has three blades: knife, nailfile, and snuff spoon/cuticle pusher. These were made in the 1950s and 1960s. The blade is not damaged, they came from the factory with this weird tanto-like tip. The boxes even had an illustration that showed the tip (should have bought that one, it was cheap, and having never been used) Don't know what it would be good for. And a removable tool, which is a combination tweezers and scissors, really good ones I might add. There should be a shackle, but it has been broken off or removed.







The Swingblade has a semi-flexible fillet-boning blade and a gut hook. Rotate it around to access the guthook. Bought as my main fillet knife, but I think I've used it to cook with twice, and once as a steak knife.  This will be a secondary to the main knife when hunting or fishing. The real problem is its sheath, which offers NO retention, part of the reason I ruled actually using it out. I put some electrical tape on the inside, which seems to help, not much. It's nowhere near what the retention is of a Mora.  Turn it upside down, knife falls out. I think the Martinni made Rapala will do just fine, and has a nice leather sheath with plastic liner that holds the knife great. Not to mention, the EKA's MSRP was $80 (think I paid $15), the Rapala $20 (I paid $10). If I'm paying $80 for a knife, it's going to be of impeccable quality, and design and have a super steel blade (i.e. S30V)








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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2019, 11:38:14 PM »
That's nothing.  I have a friend who went out for a loaf of bread and ended up with a new sofa.  :D

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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2019, 07:16:24 AM »
As you do...…  :D

I like the look of that EKA knife and the spring is a puzzle  :tu:

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« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2019, 12:14:03 PM »
stuff...

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The Gentleman's Knife advertises Flygt, a Swedish pump manufacturer. Comes with a sewn ( upholstery vinyl?) pouch







The Latama (made in Italy, but Latama was an NY based importer, not a manufacturer) has three blades: knife, nailfile, and snuff spoon/cuticle pusher. These were made in the 1950s and 1960s. The blade is not damaged, they came from the factory with this weird tanto-like tip. The boxes even had an illustration that showed the tip (should have bought that one, it was cheap, and having never been used) Don't know what it would be good for. And a removable tool, which is a combination tweezers and scissors, really good ones I might add. There should be a shackle, but it has been broken off or removed.




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I remember seeing these as a little kid at Christmas time, I remember the little black slips they came in! Infact, I probably saw these before I saw/became aware of a lot of Swiss Army stuff.  :tu:

Cheers for that!

 :cheers:

ps. Those scissors are quite something too!
« Last Edit: January 10, 2019, 12:17:51 PM by Fuzzbucket »

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« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2019, 03:44:02 PM »
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« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2019, 04:45:26 PM »
Cleaned it up a bit.








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« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2019, 04:48:13 PM »
Nice looking knife !   :like: :like: :tu:
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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2019, 04:51:49 PM »
Cheers! The lockup's a bit wibbly-wobbly though - the brass spring looks nice, but that about it.  :facepalm:

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« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2019, 04:56:12 PM »
A darling!  :like:
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« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2019, 04:57:26 PM »
A darling!  :like:

A Swedish darling, if you don't mind!  :D

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« Reply #22 on: January 10, 2019, 04:58:02 PM »
And, somehow, that does seem to make a difference.......  :rofl:
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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #23 on: January 10, 2019, 04:59:16 PM »
Forgot to say, takes an excellent edge - didn't take much to get it shaving sharp... it's a proper hair popper!  :tu:
« Last Edit: January 10, 2019, 05:02:22 PM by Fuzzbucket »

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« Reply #24 on: January 10, 2019, 05:01:14 PM »
Nice. It's that lovely Sweedish steel, isn't it?  :dd:
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« Reply #25 on: January 10, 2019, 05:01:55 PM »
And, somehow, that does seem to make a difference.......  :rofl:

It does, doesn't it.  :rofl:

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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2019, 05:23:29 PM »
Great find Fuzzy! :tu:

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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2019, 06:13:13 PM »
Cheers Mechy - I thought you'd like that.  :cheers:

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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2019, 06:19:18 PM »
Cleaned it up a bit.


Looks good Fuzzbucket! :like:  :tu: :tu:

I think it is a cool knife! :D
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Re: Old EKA Knife
« Reply #29 on: January 10, 2019, 06:26:21 PM »
Cleaned it up a bit.


Looks good Fuzzbucket! :like:  :tu: :tu:

I think it is a cool knife! :D

Cheers! Good knife for pottering about at home with.  :cheers:


 

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