The (Avedis) Zildjian company started making K Zildjian cymbals in a factory in Medutic, Canada in 1977. They brought a few cymbalsmiths from Istanbul to Canada at the time. This article provides some discussion of it:
Iero, Cheech. 1979. Cymbal talk with Zildjian’s Lenny Dimuzio. Modern Drummer 3(2):20-22.
Canadian K Zildjians (1977-1979)
|The K Zildjian stamp from Canada was a copy of the “new stamp” from Istanbul. Here is another example of a Canadian K, this one missing the words “made in Canada”, which was apparently common.|
|Underside of the Canada K has a medium sized letter K with a font that uses serifs.|
Later in 1979, Avedis Armand Zildjian and his cousin Mikhail Zilcan both died, and everything changed. Lawsuits ensued. Within a few years the Canadian factory would be producing Sabians, and the A Zildjian Company would make K Zildjians in Norwell, Massachusetts.