It's been out of production for a while. I don't want to rain on your parade but your chances of getting one thru any dealer is just about zero (the "takes a month to ship" says it all. I don't think Emerson will make a one off for knifepro.com...).
I tell you this because I have been in your same spot some 4 months ago. In all honesty, the only thing you can do, if you want to buy online, is to keep a keen eye on eBay and hope one will come up for sale.
So far in the past 4 months, 2 came up for sale on eBay. The first one had a ridiculous (IMO) buy it now of $499.99!!! I don't know if anyone shelled out that amount of dough for it, as I didn't follow this auction.
The 2nd didn't have a buy it now and started at $0.00 (it was NIB, made in 2008). I bid on it and snatched it at $180. I know it's more than what they used to go before production was stopped (not talking about MSRP, I know that was $207), but it's a hell of a lot better than 500 bucks. And indeed it was absolutely NIB, a very nice piece.
I have been checking regularly (on a daily basis, to be precise) for another one to come up for sale, as I'd like to have another one (but only if it's NIB) and none have come up at all.
So, if you really want this knife, you need luck and a LOT of patience...
Yea man, no raining on my parade. Figured that much, was really hoping I just lucked out.
I will keep searching. And $500 is really ridiculous.
And thanks for you insight by the way.