A basic owners guide for Emerson Knives

Discussion in 'Emerson Knives' started by Silvanus, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. Silvanus

    Silvanus Basic Member Basic Member

    May 17, 2012
    We get a lot of questions in the from new owners of Emerson knives on break in, adjustment, maintenance and more. I thought I'd compile a small owners guide for first time Emerson Knife owners.

    Please be aware this is an abridged version. All the verbatim information can be found on the Emerson website, emersonknives.com

    EmersonREP, maybe we can make this a sticky

    No Torx screws?
    Ernest Emerson designed his knives to be easily serviceable in the field with no special tools. The knives were made to be easily disassembled even though it isn't necessary.

    There's black stuff with metal flakes in the pivot!
    That's Emerson's copper impregnated grease. These knives were designed to be very low maintenance. The grease is meant to work in tandem with the nylatron washers to keep the knife reasonably smooth and minimize corrosion from battlefield conditions.

    My new Emerson is stiff to open, how do I fix it?
    There are many ways to do this, but honestly the easiest way is to use it!
    Emerson's were designed as tools and benefit from it. The more you open and close the knife the smoother it will become. If you need to have it smoother in a hurry, you can do this: completely disassemble the knife and wipe down all the components. Place some of your lube of choice on the blade where the washers will contact it. Reassemble the knife. Adjust the pivot to remove side to side blade play. Open and close it and it will be smoother. Trust me, over time it will smooth out. Understand also that most Emersons have two detents where as most other knives have one. This will inherently make the knife a little stiffer to open.

    How do I sharpen my Emerson?
    Most Emerson's are v-ground with a chisel edge, some are full chisel edge. Either way, the method is the same. Take your sharpening media and sharpen the beveled side(non-lock side) as you would any conventional knife edge. Once you form a burr all that needs to be done is buff it off the other side by holding the sharpening media nearly flat on the non beveled side(lock side) you can finish by stropping both sides. Emerson knives may have an unconventional edge but they can get SCARY sharp once you get a little experience with them. Left-handed Emerson Owners Use the exact same method, just acknowledge that your left handed blade is oriented differently than the right handed models.

    My lockup is late, what do I do?
    Whether your lockup is late or early the knife is secure. Over time and use the lock bar will settle, sometimes around 50-60%. This is ok. If your knife develops lock rock or the lock bar travels over and touches the liner on the non-locking side, contact Emerson Knives and they will help you out. It has been OK'd by EKI to use BLUE Loctite in your pivot screw if you want to set your pivot to your preferred tightness.

    How do I center the blade on my Emerson?
    From Rachael Emerson:
    1) Loosen the handle screws until they are very loose but not falling out. If you have a backspacer model, you will need to loosen the handle screws from both sides of the knife.
    2) Loosen the pivot 1 1/2 times from where you prefer it tightened to.
    3) Open the knife.
    4) Tighten the handle screws from bottom up, then tighten the pivot.
    5) Close the blade, your knife should be centered

    My knife has RUST on it!
    Understand that any steel, and I mean ANY steel will rust eventually. If your knife has rust on it there is not a warranty issue with your knife and you don't need to send it in for warranty work. All that needs to be done is a little maintenance and preventative care on your part. To remove surface rust you can use a pencil eraser or toothpaste and a nylon brush on the spots and they should go away. Knives can rust in your pocket even if you don't use them, especially if you have "toxic sweat". As far as preventative maintenance, some like to use Renaissance Wax on their non-coated Emersons to protect them. Personally I use a LIGHT coat of weapons grade CLP on the blade if I know it will see a corrosive environment.

    I have a warranty issue, what do I do?
    If your Emerson knife has a warranty related problem, do not try to fix the knife yourself. The best course of action is to print a service form, found HERE , fill it out, and send it with your knife to Emerson Knives. Here is the Emerson knives guarantee from the Emerson website.

    Your Emerson knife is guaranteed against defects in material and workmanship and has a limited lifetime warranty, to the original owner. This guarantee is void if the knife has been abused beyond normal wear and tear or used beyond what are considered the normal parameters for a folding knife. It is up to the discretion of Emerson Knives whether to repair or replace damaged or defective items, and we reserve the right to replace old or out of date parts with new parts as necessary. For warranty service ship the knife postage paid and insured with $14.00 (Contact us for the shipping price if outside Cont. U.S.) for return shipping directly to Emerson Knives.

    Shipping Address:

    Emerson, Inc.
    1234 254th St.
    Harbor City, CA 90710


    Helpful Links
    Emerson Knives FAQ
    Get To Know Your Knife
    Contact Emerson Knives
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2014
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  2. S.T.R.


    Apr 16, 2012
    Silvanus, great post! I'm not sure but I thought I saw a take apart guide here in one of the old threads. If not maybe someone can make a new one.
    +1 for a Sticky
  3. dasknife


    Sep 26, 2012
    Pretty cool and good job
  4. A.P.F.


    Mar 3, 2006
    Great post, Silvanus, worth a 'sticky'.
  5. D.C.Johnson


    Nov 23, 2012
    Great post and thanks for taking the time to compile this
  6. dalefuller

    dalefuller Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Very nice work. Certainly worth being a "sticky".
  7. gastonian

    gastonian Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2012
    You did a great job on this, it should definitely be a sticky!
  8. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    Thank you, big-time, Brother Silvanus.
  9. rayster357


    Jun 13, 2014
    Awesome job Silvanus!!! Needs to be a sticky indeed!
  10. pmek5

    pmek5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    Well outlined & written.
  11. Akapennypincher


    Sep 12, 2013
    Good job but please not to be a sticky.
  12. MEEK6382

    MEEK6382 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Great post Silvanus, I wish I would have had this guide when I got into Emersons. Thanks for taking the time to post this!
  13. Akapennypincher


    Sep 12, 2013

    Unless it is a LEFT HANDED MODEL.
  14. S.T.R.


    Apr 16, 2012
    Seems simple enough to sharpen a left handed model. It doesn't say anywhere that the sharpening method is for right handed models only!
    This should be a STICKY!!!
  15. Mike-Mike


    Jul 31, 2011
    It says " non lock side" A lefty would be the lock side.
  16. Akapennypincher


    Sep 12, 2013
    The confusion was in the instructions, in the Lefty, it is the CLIP SIDE YOU SHARPEN THE CLIP SIDE. if you re read the part I posted, it said sharpen the side opposite the clip, and that is correct for most Emerson's with the exception of the Southpaw Commanders, and CQC-7s.
  17. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    One thing you might want to include, unless things have significantly changed I HIGHLY recommend loctite on the pivot screw. I've had them back completely out on me with frequent use over the course of only a few days.
  18. Silvanus

    Silvanus Basic Member Basic Member

    May 17, 2012
    I'll add in the part for the Loctite on the pivot. I just want to make sure that's something EKI is ok with before I do. I honestly have no experience with their policy on Loctite or if they even have one
  19. lazy otter

    lazy otter Banned BANNED

    Apr 4, 2013
    I will say. I have been in some nasty places in the world and I've seen more Emerson's carried by US,British,Ect soldiers and contractors than any other folder! It's not a coincidence.
  20. EmersonREP

    EmersonREP Moderator Moderator

    May 11, 2014
    Blue Loctite is not a problem since you can break the bolt loose if need be. As for sharpening, I would hope it would be common sense that you sharpen the edge that was already sharpened from the factory. Right handed or left handed. There shouldn't even be a question.
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