Mini Commander

(20 customer reviews)


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Mini Commander

(20 customer reviews)




Earn 225 Rewards Points When You Order This Item.


The Mini Commander

The Emerson Mini Commander is a smaller and more pocket-friendly version of the classic Emerson Commander. Basically, it is a scaled-down Commander removing roughly half an inch of blade length as well as handle length. It features our patented Emerson Wave Feature as well as the Commander's beautiful recurve blade. The Emerson Commander is one of our most popular and beloved models to date and has won the Blade Show Knife of the Year. The Mini Commander is perfect for those who love the design but are looking for a more pocket-friendly version of a bulky Emerson classic.


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.


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.


Anatomy of an Emerson Knife


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.


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 –

Material & Grind
GrindConventional V-Grind w/ Chisel Edge
Overall Length8.0 in.
Blade Length3.4 in.
Blade Thickness.125 in.
Weight4.5 oz.

20 reviews for Mini Commander

  1. Nicholas L. (verified owner)

    This thing is like a hot knife and everything is made of butter.

  2. Ivan

    Always wanted one but the price is way above my usual budget for knives. Luckily, I found an excellent deal on a mini-commander for around $90~. It is a 2008 version, so it does not have the swedge near the tip and has the G10 backspacer. My mini-commander came with black coating and serrations. I can now see the appeal of Emerson knives, and I can say that I am converted to this brand following. Owning this knife made me realize that the “cons” reviewers usually mention against this brand / knife is majorly because they do not see the bells and whistles in Emerson knives they are used to from knives that are cheaper or of the same price of Emerson knives. And I assure you, they do get what they pay for: premium materials with premium action. Nothing wrong with that. But to say that Emerson knives are not worth it, that they are inferior and junk just because Emerson knives do not have the bells and whistles they are used to in this price range is unacceptable. First, to each their own. Second, they pay this price for other knives for the bells and whistles, and we people buy Emerson knives for its toughness and reliability, combined with genius subtle designs that actually IMPROVE the experience and uses of the knife (i.e. Misaligned G10 liners which are bigger than the liners means it will actually provide a fuller grip without increasing the handle thickness. Case in point: this mini-commander has the same grip feel with the regular sized Benchmade Griptilian, which has a thicker handle).

    It made me realize through this mini-commander that Emerson knives feel more like tools and machines that have a soul. Pretty much like automatic watches: they do not really accurately tell time as accurate as quartz watches, but they do feel they have a soul because of the genius behind the construction.

    Next on my list then is the regular commander, or maybe a mini, but this time without serrations. I will have to be more disciplined with my finances to be able to buy one again in the future.

  3. Ben

    I have carried this knife every day for 15 years on duty and off. I am a police officer and I have used this knife for all kinds of things that it was not designed to be used for. It has held up incredibly well and taken everything that I have thrown at it without a hiccup. I will absolutely buy another one when this one is used up if that ever happens. Just buy it. You will not be dissapointed.

  4. Stephanie (verified owner)

    This is my third Emerson. I have four in total. Two CQC-7's, and this mini commander, and a Le Griff neck knife too. The M-Commander is now my favorite knife. It goes with me everywhere. There is no better knife on the planet, in my opinion. I started carrying Emerson knives back in 1999, when I was a executive protection specialist and owned my own Security company. Now I carry for self Defense and utility. I LOVE Emerson knives.

  5. Kenneth

    I do not have one……yet. I have seen and held the mini commander, it is on my list.

  6. Jonathan

    This is a great knife and best looking Emerson in my opinion. Also this is a great option over the regular sized commander for people with smaller sized hands

  7. Alan VanMarter (verified owner)

    Got this for my wife because she always takes my full size, now she is converted!! Another great product form a fine craftsman!!

  8. Jerry Jensen

    One of the best EDC blades around. Perfect size shape and weight

  9. Jason Raffensperger

    I was so lucky enough to win this knife in the 2018 pumpkin carving contest. Although it’s called a “mini”, it’s a perfect fit for me. It has become my super hard use life and never lets me down.

  10. Benjamin

    The Mini Commander is great for when you need the big belly of the recurve blade but you don't want to scare people. It is functional without being so intimidating.

  11. Jonathan

    This is a great carry version of the commander. The ergos are better on the original but this one is way easier to carry. The handle works best for medium sized hands.

  12. connerlamphier195

    I purchased this knife about a year ago in 2016. The knife overall is a great knife. I am definitely a fan of Emerson. the Commander blade is my favorite. But there is one downfall that I experienced with this knife. When I carried it through training in California, (Im a Marne). I noticed some rust build up within two days of carrying. Had to take apart then clean and its fine but I did stop carrying while in the field and training. But it is great for just daily edc where your not sweating an absurd amount all the time haha.

  13. James F.

    I bought a mini-com in 2006, and have carried it all over the world, including multiple combat tours. This knife is by far the best knife I have ever owned, and will be passed down as an heirloom. It is perfect as an EDC, both open and concealed, and is also great as a backup knife in your pocket when wearing a chest rig.

  14. anthony clark

    My third Emerson I like the way it rides in hand for defensive situation very heavy duty construction best tactical knives at any price.

  15. Edward (verified owner)

    Fits well in the hand
    Personally, price is good for the quality of the knife

    Neg- awkward to cut away from person with right hand because the blade is only sharpened on one side. If the blade were reversed it would make more sense

  16. SteveO

    Lost my spiderco so a friend told me I could dig through a bag of knives & pick one out. Neither if us had heard of Emerson knives but it had such a good quality feel to it I made my choice.

  17. macstyle01

    Commander was a little too big as an EDC… and Super Commander is way too big, unless you have huge hands… the mini Commander is a great sized EDC…

  18. Brady

    Great knife first time I've bought one at this price but its nice to pull it out of my pocket and it opens right up so it saves u time very sharp blade! Im converted to this brand forever

  19. Docbp87

    The perfect EDC knife in my opinion. The Mini-Commander was my first Emerson, and it was the knife that converted me. The recurve blade makes for the best pull cutting tool I've ever handled. Anything you want to cut just catches in that recurve belly, and explodes apart in fear! The handle shape is comfortable for any hand size, in any grip orientation, and makes it versatile in any situation. The Mini-Commander is also the perfect size for the pocket of any man (or woman) who wants the power of the Commander blade shape, in a more carry friendly package. Sharpening a recurve blade takes some getting used to, but once you figure out the trick to it, the Emerson single side edge grind makes it a breeze to get it hair popping sharp.

  20. Tim Frank

    Longtime Spyderco daily carry person >>> First Emerson was a mini-commander, purchased 2 years ago.

    Fully converted. Will always buy an Emerson from now on.

    Great daily carry.

    14 year Seattle FF

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