When it comes to Karambit knives, Emerson are one of the top manufacturers in the world. There are several reasons for that, and to give you an idea of why this is we will start off by having a brief look at the company itself. This will give you an idea of what kind effort goes into the manufacturing of these knives. After that we will be looking at some of their most popular models, and you can skip right to that section. Otherwise keep on reading to find out a little about the company.
A brief history of Emerson
Emerson as a company was founded all the way back in 1979 by Ernest Emerson. The company was founded as the result of there being a lack of high quality knives being available on the market, and Ernest was a master craftsman who decided to see if there was a demand for high caliber hard use knives. Starting with only one or two models, the popularity of these soon took off and the company expanded greatly over the next few decades. The company was officially renamed to Emerson Knives in 1996. These days they offer a massive range of knives to choose from, including around 7 or 8 in the Karambit range of knives. They also manufacture other types of gear, including clothing and hunting accessories. Now you may be wondering what sets Emerson apart from some of the many other Karambit knives you will find on the market, and the answer lies in the manufacturing process. Whereas almost all other brand name knives are mass produced, all the Emerson models are crafted and built by hand. All the items are assembled and built by a small team of individuals, which means that individual attention is given to each particular knife that is being made.
How do they make the knives?
The company will spend several days to a week or two making a batch of knives, then moving onto the next design. For this very reason, they are often out of stock of certain knives due to the small quantities being made. On the plus side though, you will receive a knife that has been professionally made, and not simply the end product of a production line. For this very reason you will get a limited lifetime warranty with your knife,which you certainly won’t find on a cheaper model. Ernest Emerson has been very vocal about mass production in the past, and has refused to bow to pressure to mass market his knives. The main reason for this is quality control, as everyone on the Emerson team is renowned for paying meticulous attention to detail. When you buy an Emerson Karambit, you are buying a quality American made knife. Emerson can also make custom made Karambits, but the wait times are often several months to even years due to the big backlog of knives on order. Like most things in life, you will need to pay a little extra for the privilege of owning an Emerson knife, but with the care and attention to detail that goes into these knives, we think that is is definitely worth the extra investment. Now lets have a look at some of the Karambit models they currently offer.
Popular models – Emerson Combat Karambit
Popular models – Emerson Super Karambit
Popular models – Emerson Bullnose Karambit
So there you have some of the more popular Emerson Karambits currently available. All of those models are fine choices, and will serve you well for many years if you keep them in good condition. Remember that there is a limited lifetime warranty with all their models, so they will last you for many years, even decades if they ever need replacement. They may cost a little more than a traditional folding knife, but the outstanding quality and workmanship on these knives really set them apart from the competition.