Posted July 27, 2012 by Nick
A French design dating back to the late 1920s, the Douk Douk is still being made today because of its low cost, extremely simple form and high utility blade. Made without a locking mechanism, these knives feature a very strong back spring for a good closed detent and solid lockup. The bail at the end can be used to lock the knife closed or utilized as a lanyard loop. Available in a few different variations, all the knives have a razor sharp 3-1/8″ carbon steel blade and an overall length of 7-1/2″. The thin sheet metal handles are extremely sturdy and help to keep the weight of these knives at 2.5 ounces or less. Etchings in the handle and on the blade show the history of the Douk Douk brand and of the knife design, which has changed very little in look and materials in over eighty years. You can find these classic pocket knives at www.knifecenter.com.
A Little Info about Douk Douk:
The external engraving of the Douk Douk was created in 1929 by Gaspard Cognet of Cognet, Antoine & Gaspard for sales to France’s colonies on Oceania. The handle depicts a “douk-douk“, or Melanesian spirit incarnation. Cognet based the design on an engraving in an illustrated dictionary. Later other designs such as the “El Baraka” and “Tiki” were developed for other regional markets, particularly in French Algeria, and even down into Sub-Saharan Africa.
Originally intended as an inexpensive utility pocket knife for the ordinary working man, the popularity of the Douk Douk caused it to be pressed into service as a weapon when necessary. It can easily be converted from a folding-blade pocket knife into a useful fixed-blade dagger by the simple expedient of hammering the ends of the sheet-metal handle together behind the blade’s bolster, locking the blade into the full-open position.