Emerson Knives - Founded by custom Knifemaker Ernest Emerson
Nearly two decades after knifemaker Ernest Emerson launched Emerson Knives Inc., the brand has come to represent the very best in law enforcement, military and tactical tools. The company was founded in 1996 and it's knives are American-made at their Harbor City, California location. A leader in both performance quality and design aesthetics, Emerson knives combine straightforward design with a precision manufacturing facility to produce a hard-use tool valued by even the most demanding of knife users.
Wave Feature - One distinguishing feature of Emerson's folding knives is the patented wave feature. This allows the user to remove the knife from their pocket and open the blade all in one motion. Emerson knives also feature a liner lock that assists one hand opening in high stress situations. The efficiency of the wave feature combined with the liner lock is unmatched by any other tactical folding knife on the market, making these knives extremely useful in close quarter combat situations.
Knife Steel and Build
Steel - The steel used in most Emerson knives is Crucible 154-CM Steel. This stainless steel was developed by the aerospace industry, and has a proven record of performance and durability that has been combat proven for over 20 years. They have also started using S35VN steel on some of their models including the CQC-7 Flipper. Most models come in a satin finished as well as a black coated blade as well as with and without serrations.
Handle - The handles of Emerson knives are often made of a synthetic material known as G10. It is alternating layers of glass-woven cloth pressurized with durable epoxy resin. This material is impervious to solvents and liquids. The alternating layers helps create a stable handle that does not crack, shrink, or wear out over years of hard use.
During the late 1980's Emerson was a Hand-to-Hand Combat instructor and started making custom knives. Many of his customs had become well known among the Naval Special Warfare Community, Army Special Forces (Delta), The British SAS. This early knife model was the CQC-6. Emerson commented, "The knife became so sought after in the Special Operations community that owning an Emerson CQC-6 became a symbol of a "Made Man" in the SPEC OPS community." His knife designs have been made by a wide variety of companies including Benchmade, Zero Tolerance and Kershaw. Ernest Emerson continues to make custom knives and is a prolific designer for his production knife company, EKI. ( here for a complete interview with Emerson)
- Three of the most popular models of Emerson knife are the Commander, CQC-7, and the CQC-15. The Commander features the recurve blade. The Tanto-style blade can be found on the CQC-7. The CQC-15 is a combination of these two blade styles and gives you the best of both worlds. The folding and fixed blade Karambit models are very popular choices for self-defense.