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My name is JS and I am a Police Officer. I have recently purchased a Emerson Commander and I have to say that I am now a life long customer. I have numerous Benchmades, Kershaws, and Esee knives. Out of all of those the Emerson is the knife that keeps getting carried in my pocket and used daily. I have done some research online and found in some of the forums, there has been some bashing on the stance that Mr. Emerson has on fit and finish. I personally have to say that the bashing is just a bunch of haters that don’t understand a quality knife. The more I use this knife, the more I like it! Thanks for putting out a wonderful knife. My only complaint is there should be a warning label on the box that buying a Emerson can be addicting.
Greetings to all you good folks at Emerson Knives. I’m contacting you to let you know how pleased I’ve been with the Commander that was shipped to me on 06/22/1998. I’ve been in law enforcement, let’s just say for quite a number of years. This Commander, serial #*** has been a vital tool and has been on my side since the day I received it. I’ve used it to cut victims free from seat belts due to car crashes, been with me on SWAT callouts and along with my other duties as a patrol officer. Although this knife or should I say tool, is still in very good condition, I want to place it away for safekeeping. When I received this knife Mr. Emerson was kind enough to send me a personal note thanking me for letting all of you be of service to me. The thanks should go out to all of you for the quality of knives that operators in the field can rely on. I have a nephew who just received his captain bars in the US Army and has done some work with special operations. Before he shipped out on a deployment sometime ago I presented him one of my Emerson knives. He was looking hard at my Commander but was quickly told don’t even think about it. He brings up to me how pleased he is with the Emerson knife I gave to him. I’m now with the detective division as an investigator but I still carry that Commander with me. I am going to order soon another Commander soon to replace my Commander serial # *** as stated before, I want to preserve it along with the note I received from Mr. Emerson. I would in the future, would like to meet Mr. Emerson at one of his seminars and shake his hand for the patriot his is and the service he has provided to the many he has touched. I tried to make it to Atlanta this past year to catch his seminar but due to other duties was unable to do so. Thanks to all of you again for all your service and my best regards.
Dear Mr. Emerson (and Company),
I am extraordinarily impressed with the recent warranty work which was performed on my Emerson Combat Karambit (serial number ***). As a martial artist who had studied Indonesian and Filipino martial arts and the Karambit long before they were “cool” and “in,” I had long wanted a folding Karambit of high quality. When, as an FBI Special Agent in the Southwest, I saw the photo of the Combat Karambit prototype on the cover of a knife magazine, I knew I had to get one. I contacted your company and was eventually able to coordinate an order, at a substantial law enforcement discount, for over $1,500.00 in knives (enough to supply some fellow agents who were studying ***** with me with karambits along with two for my personal use). I was very impressed by the fact that you and your company were willing to sell these knives, which were only beginning to be produced at the time and which could easily command a premium over retail price, at a discount as a service to law enforcement. I have kept number *** pristine in its box, as a replacement for ***, should it ever break or be lost during an operation.
I carried and used (serial number)*** for several years. The knife did not do much cutting, but it was constantly opened and used in training and demonstrations. I lost count of the local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel who asked to see the knife and then asked to see how it was used. It was a companion on many a late night/early morning operation in the desert. I trained with it during long surveillance operations (when I had neglected to bring a training blade with me). After years of quick deployments, some kinetic openings, and the like, the lock up of the knife was no longer the rock solid standard displayed by Emerson Knives. With moderate pressure on the spine, the liner lock would begin to slip, though it never fully unlocked. Considering the kinetic opening, quick deployments, and years of use that this knife had seen, I considered this normal. All things wear, and I had not been exactly nice to this particular lock. If you wish to see some of the things I did with the knife, there is some video of me using a (non-Emerson) ******** Karambit on my website, though the ********, unless tuned quite a bit, does not open kinetically and has not been used to near the degree that is the case of (serial number) *** (one of the reasons that I did not use an Emerson Combat Karambit for a demonstration on my website is that Mr. Emerson has demonstration videos of his own on the web and I did not want to detract from his training videos or imply that I was associated with his training program).
I sent my Combat Karambit with a $12.00 check to cover postage and handling, as stipulated on your website, and a letter explaining that I did not believe that this knife would be covered under warranty, as the problem with the lock was caused not by defects in workmanship or materials, but by wear cased by lots of use. I asked that I be contacted with the price of the repair so that I could provide a credit card number to cover the repair cost. Instead of being contacted by the Emerson Warranty Department, I was surprised to see a box from Emerson Knives appear at my front door approximately a week after I had sent in my knife. The lock had been repaired and the pivot pin had been replaced. Lockup of the knife is rock solid again and I did not think that I could be pleased.
When I searched through the rest of the box and discovered my $12.00 check, an invoice that said “No charge,” two Emerson Knives catalogs, and two Emerson Knives decals, I was taken aback. Standing behind a product is one thing, but eating the postage charge on the return of the knife was beyond good customer service. Thank you very much for the work done on my knife, for continuing to make great products, and for your assistance to law enforcement. The catalogs did present me with a difficulty or two. I know that my next Emerson will be the Karambit Fixed Blade (I will probably be calling your company soon for a direct sale), but, after looking at the catalog, I can’t decide between the CQC-15 and the HD-7 as a follow up purchase, and the CQC-13 and the “Snubby” CQC-14 are looking pretty good too. Did I mention that I love the Tomahawk?
Once again, thank you.
In approximately 1999 I purchased the Commander manufactured by your company. While I loved the ergonomics and the “wave shaped feature”, I always thought of it more as a weapon than a tool due to the edge grind. A one trick pony, so to speak.
Then, I got rear-ended in a car accident several years ago. While I wasn’t hurt (seatbelts are your friend. . . )half of my car’s bumper was hanging off the rear end of my car. The car was a 1998 Ford Escort, and the bumper was made of plastic.
While drivable otherwise, the bumper was going to cause significant problems on the road if it was dragging behind the car. . .so, I decided that it had to come off. Lacking any other tools to do the job on sight, I drew my commander and went at the job.
Ten minutes later, to the amused look of the other driver I folded up the knife, threw my half of a bumper into my car’s trunk and got her insurance information and drove home.
The car went to the body shop for a few days. The knife got sharpened for a few minutes.
I guess the knife was more versatile than I believed.
I am not one of the high risk professionals your knives were designed for, I am not a soldier oversees, or a cop. I am only 19, but I was quickly able to grasp how well an Emerson knife would operate in the wilderness. I fully attribute me being able to write this letter to my CQC-7. On what was supposed to be a 2 day rafting trip in Colorado I hit a bump and flew out of my raft at a very essential fork in the river, left would send us over a waterfall, while right was where we wanted to go. Needless to say I got swept over a small waterfall with no pack, no supplies, and no way to contact anyone. I had only a Surefire flashlight and my CQC-7.
I lived off the land and my Emerson Knife for 7 days, making spears to catch fish, and cutting line and setting snares before trying to cross a river on a down tree, falling back into the river and drifting past a road. Although I lost both of my two pieces of equipment I wholeheartedly recommend these knives to anyone whether they are journeying to Colorado or Iraq. Emerson Knives set forth a whole new standard for folding knives. You can bet your life I’ll be bringing another Emerson into the backcountry on my next trip (Don’t worry there won’t be any rafts involved) as soon as I buy another. Thank you Emerson Knives, I will recommend your knives to all I meet in the backcountry.
I’ve got an older CQC-7. After extensive use and misuse, it is getting to the point where I need a new blade. Nothing wrong with the rest of the knife. I must say that this knife was made with me in mind. I’m a serious abuser of knives.
I bought this after a (non Emerson) linerlock closed on my hand and I got sewed up. Lifetime warranty, HAH! I threw it in the trash and went to the local police supply guy and told him what happened. He turned me on to the CQC-7. I told him that I never wanted to see another linerlock knife, but he assured me that I wouldn’t break this one.
I’m a stacktester by trade, one of those guys who climb up smokestacks for a living. I need a knife that I can open with one hand so I can deal with ropes and other things that can drag me over the edge and toward certain death. This is, hands down, the best knife I have ever owned. I’ve been through one (non Emerson), two (non Emerson) and a couple of (non Emerson) autos over the last 10 years. The Emerson has lasted me about the last 7.
Some of the things I’ve done to this knife include using it as a reamer, a prybar, bottle opener, a scraper, and everything else you are not supposed to do to knives. Once, I pounded it into a pole with a hammer to use it as a step. I pounded it through a 55-gallon drum, then used a hammer to chisel it in half to make a fire ring once. I guess that’s when I discovered how truly tough this thing was, it was open season with the hammer and the knife. A Swiss Army knife has few uses compared to what I’ve come up with for this thing.
Surprisingly enough, I managed to sharpen it over and over again. Sometimes I had to start with a belt sander because the steel was so tough it would have taken me days to sharpen with a stone.
At this point, I need either a new blade, or a new knife. I am truly amazed how well the rest of the knife has held up. The only reason I would like a new blade is because I’ve sharpened the old one so many times, it is noticeably smaller than it was when it was new.
I’m glad to see that these knives are still being made. If I was a normal knife owner, it would surely have lasted my lifetime. I got kind of nervous when the guy at the mall in Portland said that it was a limited edition and was no longer being made.
“It is with great honor that I write and introduce myself. I am one of your new customers to your company. For a long time, I have been using [other knife company's] products in M2 steel, but after an introduction to your handcrafted products, I have selected your products as our standard carry for our Emergency Response Team in the Dallas area. Our team is a hand-selected group of Paramedics, SWAT team members, Assistant Fire Chiefs, communication specialists and even one member of the Secret Service. We provide unique specialized services and equipment to local municipalities in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area when they are overcome with demand for resources during all types of disasters. We specialize in maintaining the unusual products that are hard to come by in times of dire emergencies. Our group is based on the principles of the Good Samaritan and we do not charge for our services.
I wanted to personally thank you for committing yourself to manufacturing such great products. I especially like your modifications to the CQC-7A and B. They are so much better than the “other” products. I have also been very impressed with your Commander and its smooth action to open and close. I have just ordered an additional Commander and the new SARK for our team to carry.”
“I purchased the enclosed pocketknife from Mr. Emerson at the Solvang Knife show in April. I want to let you know that this is about the best production utility pocketknife I have EVER owned and carried, and I have been collecting knives for about 27 years now, and own custom and production knives made by some of the best knife makers out there. I can’t wait until I can purchase one of your handmades!!!
Thank you in advance for getting my knife back to me in good shape.”
Two days later I was taking the knife over to show a friend. It was in the evening and he lives in an apartment with a poorly lighted parking lot. As I was walking across the lot I was playing with the knife. Poor tactics on my part, I admit, to be caught out in the open like that. I look up to see two guys coming my way. The only time outside of the military I have been faced with a bad situation. I angled for the only light in the lot and turned to face the two just as I reached it. Just as I turned they were within 15 feet of me. I had kept the knife behind my leg, but now brought it up and snapped it open with the biggest pop I could get out of it. I held it sideways in the light for the most effect possible. It must have looked like 6 feet long. Both almost imploded themselves, stopping as fast as they did. Not a word was said. I backed away as they stood there looking at that knife.
I now eat, sleep, shave and go everywhere with that knife. My wife thinks I’m having an affair. That’s OK. Someday maybe she will understand.” Thanks for the good work.