This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re taking a look at the Commander series of knives from Emerson. These tough-as-nails folders were designed by Ernest Emerson for a West Coast Navy SEAL team, and were voted Blade Show’s overall Knife of the Year in 1999 for their rugged dependability.

The Commander line comes in four different sizes: standard, mini, micro, and the gigantic Super. Across all models the Commanders sport heavily textured G10 scales that provide a superb grip. The handle has a great ergonomic shape that sticks in the palm, and the large finger notch makes for a very relaxed handling. There’s some decent jimping up here at the top for that extra bit of grip.

Blade ranges from 2.9″ on the micro to 4″ on the super. We’re looking at a 154CM stainless steel recurve drop-point with a conventional V grind. There’s a lot of great variety on this line when it comes to the blades, with both stonewash and black finished models available, and your option of Dragon’s Teeth serrations or a plain blade.

Deployment is handled one of two ways. The most basic is via the ambidextrous thumb disc, or thumb hole in case of the micro. All models also have Emerson’s patented Wave Opening Feature that grants you a lightning fast deployment right out of the pocket.

Overall the Emerson Commander is a tremendous option for a work-horse style everyday carry with an unbelievable variety available. To see the full variety of Commanders available, click here. To see our full inventory, visit