Knives Illustrated

EMERSON KNIVES, INC. AND THE AMERICAN DREAM

The Inspiring Story of Ernest Emerson and the Company He Built from the Ground Up BY BOB DEMARCO

- TEXT AND PHOTOS BY BOB DEMARCO

In the current knife world, where fall-shut action, super steels, and thin behind the edge are considered prerequisi­tes to EDC folding knife superiorit­y, Emerson Knives delivers a slow and steady rebuttal. An Emerson knife has action that must be broken in, a blade of the same old 154CM, a black G10 liner lock handle, and an often stout behind the chisel edge blade. Some knife connoisseu­rs shudder at such a coarse assemblage of materials, but this tried-and-true recipe, along with the company’s quiet defiance of design trends, is what gives Emerson knives their raw charm and brutish strength, making them much sought after by both elite military operators and weekend warriors alike.

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Left: The Iron Dragon, an unusual Emerson build with a titanium frame lock and bearing pivot.

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