Emersons somehow end up being more than the sum of their parts. I mean, each part is a good, quality component, but really nuthin special in and of itself. Let's break it down, shall we?
- 154CM blade -- decent (it's not even CPM 154) but nuthin to write home about.
- G10 -- nice but I've felt nicer, and only black (w/ exception of X- mas specials)
- Liner lock -- not wimpy by any means, but there are better (thicker, more comfy) production liner locks out there
- Opening device -- thumb disk is easy enough to use, but it snags like thumb studs, and can get in the way of certain stropping techniques
- Clip -- Good retention w/o tearing and looks okay, but they are certainly no low riders
- Ergos -- clear winner, spot on, feels like heaven in hand
- Hardware -- common pivot and construction screw heads look utilitarian, even bland, but boy are they ever accessible
Taken like that it's just a collection of pretty good parts. But put 'em all together and just use it, feel it, experience its synergy... very nice. Together, the parts turn into something altogether different, something on another level, something special.
Excuse the schoolgirl gushing, but I just got my first Emerson (Horseman) in hand last week and I'm hooked! Already planning my next one -- stonewashed Mini CQC-15!