From the Emerson Knives website; "Respected, admired, and sought after by the world's most sophisticated and discerning knife users, Emerson remains the single standard by which all other Hard Use Knives are judged. This peerless reputation has been built by the hands of a master craftsman, Ernest Emerson with unceasing effort since its beginning in 1979. Owning an Emerson Knife brings you membership in an elite group; Individuals, who are known for seeking the finest in all things. You are now counted among those who will never compromise their values and never, ever, settle for second best."
Emerson custom knives are some of the most collectible in the custom knife world. Emerson knives are sold via lottery at all the knife shows they attend and it is not uncommon for them to draw 100+ participants. Ernie Emerson and emerson knives have a cult like following. Their tag line is The #1 Hard Use Knives in the World.