Ernest Emerson

Martial Artist

1955 –

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Who is Ernest Emerson?

Ernest R. Emerson is an American custom knifemaker, martial artist, and edged-weapons expert. Originally an engineer and machinist in the aerospace industry, Emerson became a knifemaker by producing knives for a martial arts class and making art knives early in his knifemaking career. In the 1980s he became better known for his combat knives and popularizing a style of knife known as the Tactical-folder.

In order to secure military contracts, Emerson eventually founded Emerson Knives, Inc a production company to mass-produce his designs in 1996. Emerson's knives have been displayed as museum pieces, designed for use by Navy SEALs and used by NASA in outer space.

Emerson's knives have been featured in films and novels, due to their association with military units. This has furthered their popularity with collectors.

Emerson is an accomplished martial artist who has developed a combatives system, Emerson Combat Systems, which has been taught to police officers, military units, and civilians.

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Born
Mar 7, 1955
Wisconsin
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Employment
  • Emerson Knives
Lived in
  • Wisconsin

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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