The Emerson Knife motto, "Famous in the worst places" sums up their company very nicely. An Emerson knife isn't just a knife, it is a tool that you can depend on in the worst of situations and circumstances. Military and police have sought after these respected and admired knives since 1979 when Ernest Emerson started this fantastic knife company. If you own an Emerson knife, automatic or manual, you are part of a very small group of people. You are one of the few that wants the best. No matter what. Emerson knives are designed for real life situations where your life may depend on the knife you carry. Make sure it is an Emerson knife, because anything else is just second best.