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Emerson Pages[edit]

Mike- thanks for contributing to the Ernest Emerson pages and making corrections/adding additional info. I am a fan of his stuff. It seems like some people think there should be more sources and references, and I am having a hard time finding them from "legitimate" sources. Most are in advertisements, but I have put links to most of the articles I have found (online).I konw there is a lot of hype associated with them, so it is seen as difficult to divide facts from hype. If you could help with the endeavor I would appreciate it. I also see that you are a veteran. Thank you for your service to The USA. God Bless America. Isaac Crumm 08:21, 30 August 2006 (UTC)

Thanks Isaac,

I'm a longtime Emerson collector and friend of Mr Emerson. I have 20+ years of articles from magazines, trade shows, industry publications, books, and catalogs. There are alot of facts out there, just a matter of detailing them. --Mike Searson 03:05, 8 October 2006 (UTC)

Mike, super work on those Emerson pages. I just hope they are NPOV enough for some of the wikinazis around here. I used to be involved with it much more, but you may be interested in usualsuspect dot net. They kind of started out as an Emerson fan club, but last I saw (a few years) they were into all kinds of tactical equipment. I don't have a login there anymore, but I remember them as a bunch of neat guys. Isaac Crumm 03:55, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

Thanks Mike!!! Your contribution to the Ernest Emerson article was much appreciated! --Xephael 21:57, 7 October 2006 (UTC)

Dear Mike,[edit]

After re-reading your comments @ Stider Knives Talk Page, and meditating on the subject, I have to agree that my comments do not have anything to add to the Strider Knives page. I agree with you that even if it is on the talk page, it truly does not contribute to the article. I might have been under the wrong impression about what wikipedia was all about.

When and if I have anything worthy of the page, I will add and expect assistance from more knowledgeable people.

Thanks for keeping an eye out,


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Re: Strider SMF[edit]

It's quite a decent article. I'd say it's too short, actually, but that may be more due to the fact that the knife is fairly new and there isn't much to say about it yet; hopefully there will be more information that can be included once it has a longer service history. Kirill Lokshin 20:22, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

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Diocesan Infobox[edit]

To the Members of the WikiProject Catholicism

I have proposed at Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Catholicism an infobox for Catholic Dioceses. I have not gotten any feedback on this proposal, so I’m culling feedback, advice, corrections, etc. for this. If you have the time, would you check out User:SkierRMH/Diocese_Infobox and give me some feedback! Thanks much!!


mike Searson, We all enjoy a frothy pint, but unfortunetly the Guinness logo is a fair use image, which precludes its use in userboxes. I have removed it. Please do not add it back. Slaintè! --Daysleeper47 03:51, 12 December 2006 (UTC)

No prob, I'll make one with my own image...thanks for the heads up!--Mike Searson 05:48, 14 December 2006 (UTC)

Switchblade Quetion[edit]

Oh, why isn't that in the article as "Uses", and what would a women do with a switchblade, I think it would be self-defence, get the dirt out of the underneath of their nails? I think it was used like a pocket knife, and i kind of blew the kiling people thing out of proportion. Ace Fighter 19:38, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

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Happy New Year[edit]

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When the talk page gets really long there will be a message at the top that advises you to archive when you try to edit it. There are several ways to do it - outlined in Wikipedia:How to archive a talk page but frankly I would just try to copy an example such as Aikido where one just uses cut and paste.Peter Rehse 10:14, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

Article Promotion[edit]

If your article has reached B class I would go for Wikipedia:Good articles/Candidates. This tends to be not so editor intensive as peer review but would give you good feedback so that you can fix what needs to be fixed and then go for full peer review.Peter Rehse 10:14, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

Re: Thanks[edit]

You're welcome - it's nice when we get cases like yours where there's a clear declaration of license. Thanks for presenting it so well! Martinp23 00:16, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

Ernest Emerson[edit]

That's all I can do for now - gotta go. More feedback tomorrow on your refs (problem with consistency vis-a-vis news sources - if you have time, have a look at WP:CITET, to understand the difference in formatting between web sources, book sources, and in particular, news sources - more on that tomorrow). Also, lots of confusion over capitalization of proper vs. common nouns. Not sure which of those knives have companies or company names, and what should be capitalized, so be sure to review WP:MSH. Also, you may want to leave a message for Jkelly (talk · contribs) asking him to look at your images in terms of Fair Use - an area I don't understand well, but which needs to be reviewed. More tomorrow, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 23:36, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

PS - I hate the cite templates; I usually just do refs by hand, using a consistent style. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 23:40, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

I started doing the refs by hand but then found the templates, I'll go through and have them all in the Harvard style for ease and uniformity. The knife names which are capitalized are Trademarked names. Names of individual models, I guess would be a better Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, Emerson Comander, Emerson CQC7, Viper Knives, that was my reasoning. Specwar and Viper were also 2 names of Emerson's company.--Mike Searson 19:27, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

The only other inconsistency I found was on the dates, because the cite templates seem to use them inconsistently - just make sure they all use the same format style, which ever you pick. I haven't had a chance to look at the prose, but Yannismarou is better at ce and prose issues than I am. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 19:37, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
  • The article was once again reverted. I changed it back to your version (which I think is a very good article, by the way) and warned the user. Jeffpw 20:15, 13 January 2007 (UTC)

Unwatching the article now; you should be in good shape. Pls ping me if you have any questions/concerns, and let me know when you get GA. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 23:28, 13 January 2007 (UTC)

Thanks again, Sandy. --Mike Searson 23:33, 13 January 2007 (UTC)

Now that MilHist is on board, I don't think you'll have any more problems :-) Best, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 22:06, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

User:Sam Wereb[edit]

If they are persisting, and it is obvious vandalism, you can relist them on WP:AIV, if if it not blatant vandalism, but disruptive nonetheless, you can list on WP:AN/I (the admin incident noticebaord). If this is an editorial or userconduct dispute that isn't going to need swift blocking or other admin action, you can start a user conduct WP:RFC. — xaosflux Talk 20:23, 13 January 2007 (UTC)

Spell checking[edit]

I read on Sandy's talk page that you need help with spell checking. If you download the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, there's an automatic spell checker that works on any text you enter while on the net. It's a very handy feature that has saved me countless hours of aggravation. Jeffpw 09:50, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

Thanks Jeff, I'll have to try that! --Mike Searson 17:34, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

Military knives/combat knives[edit]

"Emerson's SARK"
Type Folding Knife
Place of origin Torrance, California, USA
Service history
In service US Navy
Used by Special Boat Units, Search and Rescue
Wars War on Terror, Operation Iraqi Freedom
Production history
Designer Ernest Emerson
Designed 1999
Manufacturer Emerson Knives
Produced 1999 through present
No. built 3000+
Variants NSARK (line cutter), PSARK (Police version with pointed tip), serrated and plain edge
Length 8.3"
Blade length 3.6"

Blade type Warncliffe Blade with blunt tip
Hilt type G10 and Titanium
Scabbard/sheath Cordura Pouch or Pocket Clip

Could you still talk to the weaponary task force, just to keep some common standards(in case you create this infobox etc.) and make it clearer to the average reader that this isn't another producer of big dangerous-looking soft-steel survival knives. Wandalstouring 20:31, 14 January 2007 (UTC)


If you're speaking of the Emerson article, take a look. Most of the knives are not big at all. In fact aside from a handful of models, they are pocketknives. RC Hardness is 56-59 and steel is ATS-34 or 154 CM. Read the article and see what you think. --Mike Searson 20:36, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

That was meant to point out the difference between a real knife and a piece of steel with an edge. Don't take it literally. Wandalstouring 20:43, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

Understood! This is what I had in mind Mike Searson 21:08, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

WP Scouting[edit]

Your frustration with Sam[edit]

I think you're handling it very well. I saw your notice on ANI and have left a comment. I have also put Emerson back on my watchlist, and will respond to any more uncivil comments he makes there. Jeffpw 11:11, 17 January 2007 (UTC)

MA Userbox[edit]

Today, there was a merger of Category:Martial Artist Wikipedians into Category:Wikipedian martial artists. This resulted in a userbox {{User:TonyTheTiger/Userboxes/Martialartist}} being added to the category. This userbox is available to you. TonyTheTiger 21:09, 17 January 2007 (UTC)

Don and Ron[edit]

I got to ask - what's the story.Peter Rehse 10:58, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

I have no idea. I haven't talked to Ernest, yet about it. He was at the SHOT Show last week. I'll call him today and find out. It may be that Ernie does not teach JKD anymore or stopped before ballicki married Inosanto's daughter, or it may be that Ron is jealous of Ernie's success. --Mike Searson 14:15, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

Anyway - maybe now that both principles are aware of the problem they can sort it out. I'm trying to trim the pages I'm looking at so I doubt I'll see what happens. CheersPeter Rehse 05:43, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for your support[edit]

--Yannismarou 20:26, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

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And, if I, one of your fellow-travellers, can offer something
To make this journey of yours even more fascinating and enjoyable
This is my assistance with anything I can help.

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To Mike Searson:

Good of you to acknowledge my minor contribution to what you were working on. You are the first person to send me a message. I appreciated it.

David Ferrier David F 00:08, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Ferrierd (talkcontribs) 00:06, 19 February 2007 (UTC).

Re: Ernest Emerson[edit]

No problem. The {{DEFAULTSORT:}} feature (as far as I can tell) just went live last month. I figure that the FA candidates need all the help possible, so I'm working on adding the {{DEFAULTSORT:}} tag on all of the biographical FACs. It also gives me an excuse to read through them — albeit quickly — and do some quick copyediting. I'll have a closer look at Ernest Emerson tomorrow and give you my feedback at the FAC page.

Good luck! Caknuck 08:02, 19 February 2007 (UTC)


Thanks Mike you are a God.Peter Rehse 04:10, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

I don't have access to a lot of the literature so its been a problem. I have a dislike of ADS and also their follow on Secrets of the Samurai. I've given the reasons over the years but it always boils down to two shodans going to Japan for 6 months and talking to a limited number of people (those that could talk English and would talk to them) and going home to write a book. Illustrations are ok but ... well each his own. Secrets of the samurai is even worse with regards to research.Peter Rehse 04:37, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

It works that way sometimes - what I know of Aikido is just sooo different from what they describe. In my case it was a fictionalized account of Musashi's life by Eiji Yoshikawa that helped me make sense of a lot that was happening. And the cool thing was that I was training spear with some of the same monks he fought with.Peter Rehse 04:54, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

When you are happy with the amount of references you've added - please say so on Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Aikido.Peter Rehse 06:47, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

Hey no rush - its appreciated.Peter Rehse 07:24, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

Re: Thanks[edit]

Thanks for helping out on the Ernest Emerson and Aikido articles! I appreciate it! Mike Searson 02:56, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

It was nothing. It's really good to know that my contributions are making a difference, no matter how small. Harryboyles 02:59, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

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re: selflinks[edit]

I have a tool that identifies and helps remove them see my contibs. Betacommand (talkcontribsBot) 17:55, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

Springfieild Armory revert[edit]

Thanks for catching that. I used AWB and inadvertently added the tag to a few pages that already had it. I reverted myself on most on the mistakes (4 or 5), but I expect that I may have misss some. Thernlund (Talk | Contribs) 21:08, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

You should promote Ernest Emerson to A Class[edit]

Hi Mike, I was just browsing the martial arts articles by class, and noticed this. According to the assessment guidelines, a GA article undergoing FA review should be promoted to A Class. Thought you might be interested, although it's probably moot; I checked out the article and I can't imagine it will have any problem making FA class. Great job, and thanks for all your help with the aikido article, also. Bradford44 19:41, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

I understand your reluctance to promote it because you're a major contributor, but honestly, I don't see how anyone could dispute it. I say go ahead. Bradford44 20:41, 7 March 2007 (UTC)


Its amazing what I get up to when I'm bored. Can I ask you to take one more look at the Aikido article - I mention a couple of points on the talk page.Peter Rehse 06:04, 8 March 2007 (UTC)


Don't sweat it too much. On Monday I am going to put a comment on the FAC page to give things a nudge since I do think most things have been addressed.Peter Rehse 06:34, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

Ernest Emerson FAC[edit]

Sorry to take so long to get back to you; I've been traveling for two weeks (out your way :-) Good luck with it ! SandyGeorgia (Talk) 03:31, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

Congratulations, and thanks for the kindness. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 15:13, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

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Liners locks have become pretty common, but people still sometimes can not figure out how to close them. Thanks for the comments. This wikipedia editing is still a little confusing to me. I hope this FAQ I posted is helpful.

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Model Description Blade length Blade Profile Handle Material Overall length Year introduced
SPECWAR the first model debuted by the comapny, a linerlock folding version of the SPECWAR Knife designed by Emerson for Timberline. 3.5" Tanto or spearpoint G10 scales, Titanium liners 7.5" 1996
Raven the second model made by Emerson Knives, made with Kraydon handles (fiberglass) and a recessed linerlock. 3.5" Tanto or spearpoint Kraydon scales, Titanium liners 7.5" 1997
Commander Designed as a SERE knife, the first model to feature Emerson's Wave shaped opening device. 3.75" Recurve G10 scales, Titanium liners 8.8" 1998
CQC-7 Emerson's first "Custom Design" to enter the Production lineup. 3.5" Tanto or spearpoint G10 scales, Titanium liners 7.5" 1997
Blackbird A standard linerlock and G10 handle version of the Raven 3.5" Tanto or spearpoint G10 scales, Titanium liners 7.5" 1999
SARK A Search and Rescue Knife with a blunt tip, designed for the US Navy. 3.5" Wharncliffe with blunt tip G10 scales, Titanium liners 8.2" 1998
PSARK A version of the SARK with a pointed tip, designed for Law Enforcement Use. 3.5" Wharncliffe G10 scales, Titanium liners 8.2" 1998
NSAR A version of the SARK with a linecutter, designed for Naval Air Rescue Units. 3.5" Wharncliffe G10 scales, Titanium liners 8.2" 2006
MAX-1 Originally called the Mach 1, it was renamed the MAX-1 in 2004 3.5" Spearpoint G10 scales, Titanium liners 8.2" 1999
PUK Police Utility Knife, a fixed-blade designed for Law Enforcement 3.5" Spearpoint or tanto Kraydon handles replaced by G10 slabs on 2007 and later models 8.2" 1999
La Griffe a fixed-blade designed for Law Enforcement, based on a Fred Perrin design 1.5" claw shape bare metal 4" 1999
La Griffe WWR a fixed-blade designed for White Water Rafting, based on a Fred Perrin design 1.5" claw shape, blunt tip, fully serrated blade bare metal 4" 1999
NASA Knife a version of the SPECWAR with a guthook, designed for NASA for use on Shuttle Missions and the ISS. 3.5" Tanto G10 scales, Titanium liners 7.5" 2000
I&I Tanto a folding Tanto designed for Martial Arts Company I & I Sports. 4" Tanto G10 scales, Titanium liners 8.2" 2000
SOCFK a version of the SPECWAR with the Wave shaped opening device, designed for Extreme Outfitters. 3.5" Tanto or Spearpoint G10 scales, Titanium liners 7.5" 2001