This model is the first Emerson flipper which also features the new bearing system. Lt. Colonel David Grossman is an icon in the Military and Tactical world. A former Airborne Ranger and West Point Instructor, he is the world's leading authority on the effects of stress and combat and how they affect an individual when faced with life and death decisions in that environment. He is the author of two groundbreaking books, "On Killing" and "On Combat" which are now regarded as required reading for anyone who must go into harm's way. Needless to say, I was both humbled and honored when Colonel Grossman approached me in regard to making an official knife for him and his company, "Sheepdog Knife and Gun." "It's important that the user must be able to open the knife under high stress so I'd need it to have a flipper. With your wave, thumb button, and flipper it'll be the most deployable knife ever built, even in a gross motor skills environment. The rest of the design I'll leave up to you," he told me. And off I went. The "Sheepdog Knife" a design that I came back with is a medium size folder with some important features that are entirely new to Emerson Knives. It is the first Emerson design to feature a bearing system in the pivot rather than a washer system and the first Emerson knife to feature a "flipper." In these regards it's like no other Emerson design ever. I made the knife available in both a bowie style blade and a brutish spearpoint design. Knowing that this knife is specifically designed for both police and military use, these two blade styles make the most sense for a utility/defensive knife. Mr. Grossman was extremely pleased with the results and I know you will be too. Go ahead and decide for yourself, I know you'll be pleased with the result.
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