Emerson Expands Tim Kennedy Collab with Fixed Blade Release

Back in April (y’know, when it was warming up instead of cooling down), we talked about the Emerson Knives TKF-1, a folding knife collaboration between the company and former MMA fighter Tim Kennedy. Now, the Kennedy/Emerson partnership is growing with the release of the promised fixed blade, the TK.

The TK family resemblance is immediate and unmistakable; the sinewy, stylized bowie shape echoes what we saw on its folding forbear, albeit longer here at 4.8 inches. Emerson itself describes the TK as an all-arounder, sized and spec’d to flex neatly into several different roles: outdoors knife, tactical piece, general hard user. The saber grind applied here is a good choice for a knife like this, because it is innately more resilient to shocks, twists, and other, general rough and tumble hazards.

In an age where there’s really a dizzying array of steels for manufacturers to choose from, pragmatic Emerson continues to stick to its proven favorites – so the TK is fashioned from 154CM, the classic Emersonian steel. 154CM sharpens up quickly, shrugs off rust, and rolls more often than chips when subjected to heavy stress, which makes repair work a relatively straightforward process. It’s too old to be considered fancy these days, but it’s about as reliable a steel as any you could name.

No need for an Emerson wave on this one, but there is a thumb ramp

Compared to the folder’s handle, the TK’s grip is straighter, with less of an arch to its profile and a narrower guard – supplied here by the blade itself rather than the handle scale, which was the case on the TK-1. G-10 scales are laid on top of the full tang, and a Kydex sheath is provided to go along with the knife. Emerson lists the weight of the TK at 6 oz.

The TK fixed blade is going to arrive soon.

Knife in Featured Image: Emerson Knives TK Fixed Blade

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