Commander

Commander.

The ultimate utility knife, designed to go anywhere, any time, and to get the job done, the Commander is the ultimate “all-rounder.” Whether you're on patrol, hunting that white-tailed buck or stripping wires to run electrical in the “she-shed,” The Commander does it all with ease. 

#1 Hard Use Knives in the World ®

Camping – Hunting – Tactical – Utility.

The Wave Shaped Feature is a registered trademark of Ernest Emerson and Mary Emerson ® Learn more here.

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Commander

Commander.

The ultimate utility knife, designed to go anywhere, any time, and to get the job done, the Commander is the ultimate “all-rounder.” Whether you're on patrol, hunting that white-tailed buck or stripping wires to run electrical in the “she-shed,” The Commander does it all with ease. 

#1 Hard Use Knives in the World ®

Camping – Hunting – Tactical – Utility.

The Wave Shaped Feature is a registered trademark of Ernest Emerson and Mary Emerson ® Learn more here.

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DETAILS

It incorporates some of the most advanced ergonomics ever featured on a folding knife.  It has seen decades of use with elite armed forces, European Military strike teams and NATO Counter-Terrorist units throughout the world and was chosen by the U.S. Navy SEAL teams for issue to special units within the Naval Special Forces Units. Because of its ruggedness, it has become a favorite of hunters and adventurers the world over.

HISTORY

The Emerson Commander is a Blade Show Award Winning Knife, and for good reason. It features a beautiful recurve blade paired with our patented Emerson Wave Feature. The blade curves in a way that compliments natural arm movement and flows flawlessly along with swings and jabs of combat. With black G-10 handles and your choice of a stone washed or black blade, this is the perfect tactical knife.

KNIFE ANATOMY

Anatomy of an Emerson Knife

HOW TO USE THE WAVE FEATURE

An important part of knowing the anatomy of an Emerson Knife is knowing how to utilize it. Using the  patented Emerson Wave Feature correctly, you can deploy the knife out of pocket rapidly. It takes some practice to master. See how it's done in the video above.

BLADE STYLE: RECURVE

The recurve blade is most commonly associated with the Emerson Commander. Starting from the rear of the cutting edge, it arcs upwards, then downwards. Lastly, it swoops elegantly upwards to the tip.

Fun Fact: The Emerson Commander was the recipient of the Knife of the Year award at the annual Blade Show in Atlanta!

Standoff Spacers have been standard on all Emerson Knife models since 2014. Any knife ordered from our site from that year will receive one of these models.

Anatomy of an Emerson Knife Lanyard

Lanyard Holes serve one purpose: attaching a paracord lanyard if you choose to get one. We get asked that question quite a lot!

The Thumb Button is there so that you may open the knife single handedly . Specifically with your thumb. Some people are naturals at it and some have to learn. Either way, it's very useful.

WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm – www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

Material & Grind
HandlesBlack G-10
LockTitanium
Blade154CM
GrindConventional V-Grind w/ Chisel Edge
Specifications
Overall Length8.75in.
Blade Length3.75in.
Handle Length4.65 in.
Blade Thickness.125 in.
Hardness57-59RC
Weight5.5 oz.

Reviews

  1. Dylan B.

    My Dad has owned a commander for years while working construction,and it has seen a lots of hard use,but is still in good working condition,so I bought a blue line commander and it is one of the best knives I have ever owned,it is definitely worth the money.

  2. Cube121

    I got turned on to the Emerson Commander way back in 1997 by Chief James “Patches” Watson and I've carried it every day since, both on duty and off. Sadly it's time to retire my trusted workhorse as the decades of duty use have taken their toll on the blade. And now I get to replace it with a new Commander with blue liners!!! I'll never carry any other folding knife.

  3. pointman73111

    As a military veteran and career LEO and instructor, I choose nothing else but the Commander series in both front pockets to take care of any cutting needs during my shifts. Out of all the knives I've carried, from Spyderco to Benchmade, they all were sold or sit in my safe since I switched over to Emerson Knives. Ernest Emerson puts his heart and soul into these instruments and it shows in his commitment to excellence on every project. The Commander is a classy and highly useful design, as a recurve gets everything done that I need. The Wave feature allows me to deploy the blade faster than any other system or design, except of course a fixed blade.

  4. Derek

    I have one of these in my pocket right now. A BT with a Krein Re-Grind and between this and my Super Commander, I find myself going back to the Commander-line of knives morning after morning as my EDC. Smooth, flawless, effective, brutally ready to work. These knives have never failed me (no Emerson has) in that each and every time I have a Commander with me, I know that I am ready for whatever task I am presented with. Ridiculously sharp and stunningly beautiful, these are by far my favorite of the Emerson line-up. Cannot recommend enough, and would venture to say that a serious knife user, carrier, and or collector would be lacking if he or she did not count one of these among their inventory.

  5. Douglas

    One of my first Emerson's, a 99 Commander. Carried daily while in uniform and it is still one of my favorite designs! The Commander is one Emerson knife that everyone should own.

  6. Christian

    I owned Emersons for years before I handled a Commander, I was always curious about the hype. It is all true – one of the best overall designs, fantastic blade and superb handle. To me, it is very obvious why this is one of the very best knives ever made.

  7. Alan VanMarter

    Each of my sons have revived a Commander on their 18th birthday, and they quickly become a daily carry. Again thank you for making such a great product!

  8. Me. Xv3

    THE COMBAT KNIFE PERFECTED.

    I have had the same Commander since 2012 and have carried every day across the world. This knife, like every EKI knife, Is the epitome of durability and ergonomics wrapped into one tough as hell blade.

    I own many EKI knives – this one is the one that started it for me.

  9. James DiBella

    I've owned a Blue Line Commander in the past in BTS configuration. Oh boy let me tell you. I've been dreaming of owning another Commander. The way that blade looks in your hand is something out of this world. It's so aggressive you know all it wants to do is cut. There's a reason why the Commander is so highly regarded as a great tactical folding knife. If you get your hands on one you won't want to let go.

  10. Matt F. (verified owner)

    This model is about a classic as classic gets. If you like curves and can appreciate the effectiveness of a ton of belly in a blade, then this knife is a great choice. I've been fortunate to own quite a few Commanders–including a custom and a few 1998 Commanders (first year of production). I love the blade shape. I love the handle. Easy to carry, a joy to use. Can't go wrong with a Commander purchase. Long live the Commander.

    PS– the warranty Emerson Knives Inc. offers is second to none. I've had great experiences sending knives in for minor tweaks and full-out warranty issues. Knives have come back perfectly tuned. Thanks to the lovely and talented Rachael. The knives are great, but the warranty and people are what instills confidence that we can use our knives and know that they can be fixed/repaired should we need that. I don't want a safe queen. I want a knife I can use and know that should something break/wear prematurely that I can send my knife in and have it fixed. Rachael FTW!

  11. Hein Garbers

    My love for EKI knives started 10 years ago with the Commander model. With a blade shaped like non other and wicked fast deployment with the wave, it drew my attention with its unique design and its reputation of being used by serious Operators, but it earned its place as my all-time favourite by having proven itself over and over again as an incredibly competent cutting tool. The combination of drop-point and recurve blade, with quite a bit of belly to the front of the cutting edge, makes it extremely effective at slicing, slashing, push-cutting and draw-cutting. If you have the right sharpening tools, then it is easy to get back to shaving sharp across the recurve edge – I find the KME JewelStick to be perfect for the task. Today I have about 14 Commanders in sizes ranging from the compact Micro Commander to the incredibly imposing UBR Commander, but with a knife this unique and capable, you just never get enough!

  12. K.J.T.

    A Commander BTS was the first Emerson knife I ever bought back in 2006. I still have it to this day and still carry it from time to time. I love the feel/angle of the grip and the blade shape. Great every day knife!

  13. georgegould6.5

    The Commander is super comfortable in hand. I use the half serrated model. Goes through wet rope and or webbing in seconds. Very sure grip even when wet. Truly one of my favorite carry blades.

  14. Benjamin

    I think the Commander is the perfect folding knife. It is big enough to get the job done without being too big. The recurve blade slices well, and the wave feature works effectively to open the knife quickly.

  15. Scott Witner

    The Commander is an iconic Emerson blade. Originally developed as a SERE blade for the military back in the 90s. The Commander is a blade you'll want in your pocket when shit hits the fan. If you don't own one of these badass knives, you're wrong. Go get one.

  16. joelrosman86

    Purchases a Commander BTS back in 2004. Great belly on the knife which combined with the chisel ground secondary bevel cuts very well. The point is also surprisingly POINTY for a recurve. If you enjoy a recurve this is definitely a fantastic offering.

  17. Anthony Clark

    Got one at gun show been wanting one awhile have the mini its a great knife a true folding fighter think like more than my jungle cqc7 not sure but its that good.

  18. Gary

    Top of the line knife. It almost molds itself to my large hand. Big ZT fan, but this is the best there is.

  19. Eduard (verified owner)

    Excellent knife. Well designed from the blade to the handle. Offers excellent grip.

  20. Charles Schneider

    After getting my a$$ handed to me during CQC training with Ernest, the late, great Derek, and other Emerson employees, I have carried, with only a few international exceptions, my Commander every day for the last 12 years. Tuxedos to BDUs, It has never let me down, and it has engaged, educated, enticed and brought into the fold at least three (confirmed) lifetime customers. I have many, many knives (sub-100 bucks to please-don't-tell-my-wife), and many Emersons, but my Commander is always there and has, to re-hash a tired trope, become an extension of me when needed. I should investigate replacing my blade, as the years of sharpening are ruining the edge geometry, but such is the life of a well-used and well-loved blade. Thank you all for a product that will never be beat.

  21. dredator (verified owner)

    An extremely well designed knife where a lot of thought has gone into its production from the ergonomics of the handle and texture of the scales to the geometry of the blade with its slicing belly. The blackened hardware and use of Phillips head screws only add to its utility. Great service from Emerson too, a real quick and easy transaction and reached me here in the UK surprisingly quick over the course of a weekend.

    Great stuff guys, thanks!

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