The Douk-Douk, has its origins in the French town of Thiers. It was created by the Company Gaston Cognet in 1927. To this day the Douk-Douk is still made by Pierre Cognet, who is the director of the factory. He oversaw the operation for decades. It was in French Polynesia that the witch “Douk-Douk” became the name for Gaston Cognet’s creation. The knife also made it’s way to North African countries. In several of the countries the name “Douk-Douk” is often synonymous with “knife.” In North Africa, the character of “Douk-Douk” on the handle is sometimes replaced with that of “El Baraka” and in Oceania a “Tiki” character. In France, a squirrel is on the handle. The knife has been used successfully by native tribes as well as French Foreign Legionnaires.
The success of the Douk-Douk comes from it’s simplistic and strong design. With only six parts, not much can go wrong. The 1075 steel is drop forged and flat ground. Each Douk-Douk is made and inspected by hand. Its simple design and absence of locking mechanism makes the Douk Douk legal everywhere.
During The Algerian war, the rebels were known to hammer the frame of the Douk Douk to make it into a fixed blade knife. Some would some would attached the Douk inside their shoe, blade protruding from the heel, and deliver a swift heel kick to the soldier’s femoral artery when put against a wall during a search.
The Ecureuil (squirrel in French) has a spear point blade, and a silver finish, but is identical to the Douk Douk when it comes to its construction.
In twenty years, your Ecureuil will retain the same spring tension and edge if used normally.
The Ecureuil is a must have for anyone serious about EDC, urban survival or any outdoor activity.
Overall length: 8"
Blade length: 3.5"
Handle and closed length: 4.5"
Weight: 2.5 oz