Paragon ERT Emergency Response Team Automatic Knife (3.5" Acid)

MSRP: $230.00
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Item #BHQ-32145


  • Overall Length:8.125"
  • Blade Length:3.50"
  • Blade Thickness:0.15"
  • Blade Material:CPM-154
  • Blade Style:Clip Point
  • Blade Grind:Hollow
  • Finish:Acid Stonewash
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.625"
  • Handle Thickness:0.55"
  • Handle Material:Aluminum
  • Color:Black
  • Weight:4.04 oz.
  • User:Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Automatic
  • Opener:Push Button
  • Lock Type:Plunge Lock
  • Brand:Paragon
  • Model:ERT
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Tactical
  • Product Type:Knife


The Paragon ERT or Emergency Response Team knife from Asheville Steel has fast push button automatic action for those crucial times when time is certainly precious. This model has a Shadow Knives hand ground CPM-154 steel clip point blade with a dramatic acid wash finish. The 6061-T6 aluminum handle is black anodized with spirograph machined lines for grip. The hardware and tip-up carry pocket clip are black finished with a bronzed firing button.


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In Depth Review
10aC B.
Reviews on this knife are scarce at best online, so I figured I would give a bit more of an in-depth review so that any potential buyers will know exactly what they are buying. I’ll break this down like one of my favorite knife reviewers named “Nick Shabazz” on YouTube and give everyone the good, great, bad, and the ugly of the Asheville Steel Paragon ERT.

First though, what is this knife intended to be? This knife is meant to be a durable first responder type knife which can be relied on in a pinch to deploy and then get the job done. What was my intention in buying this knife? I wanted to have an EDC knife that was fast deploying, sturdy in lock up, and was unique in its style.

Good – This knife is light considering its size. Its blade is a chunk of CPM-154 and the T-6 aluminum handle cuts down on the weight significantly. Even though its light, it still inspires confidence in the hand with solid construction. The recessed button allows for no worries of accidental deployment in the pocket. Lanyard hole is there for those who use them. Tip-Up carry, right side only. Sorry lefties.

Great- This knife’s deployment is phenomenally fast! The blade flies out with absolute authority and I have had no failures in its ability to lock out every time I hit the button. The lock up is also very sturdy and blade play is non-existent vertically and barely perceptible horizontally. Being an auto knife though, horizontal play is to be expected for the knife to be able to deploy, and I can’t stress enough how negligible it truly is with this knife. The blade is also very thick, and it gives the impression that it can take up any EDC or emergency task asked of it. Ergonomics are solid, and it feels good in hand. The milling and unique presentation of it with the Asheville Steel Logo on the handle give it the cool factor I was looking to get.

Bad- The bad only stems from someone who might want this for an EDC blade. This is not meant to be a thin slicing type blade, it is actually a lot thicker than the picture implies. It is not “thin behind the edge” and this caused great difficulty in figuring out how to clamp this knife into my KME to sharpen it. (Pro Tip- cinch this knife down towards the edge of your clamp to fit it securely for sharpening with a KME) The pocket clip also leaves quite a bit of the knife exposed in one’s pocket. It’s designed like that so first responders can get a better grip of the knife when pulling it out of the pocket, but a deep carry clip would be a nice addition since it would conceal the fact that I EDC a “scary auto knife” in public. This clip is also extremely sharp, I’ve taken paint off railings I’ve bumped into and even scraped the wood off of chairs I nicked passing by while walking. The clip is very sturdy though and has stout tension.

Ugly- The ugly stems from the factory produced blade grind that came with the knife. The bevel was uneven and completely A-symmetrical. It really gave the knife a hand made feel, but it certainly needed some work. It almost felt like it must have been the sharpeners first day on the grinding wheel. This is not to say it wasn’t sharp, because it could shave hair, but it was noticeably uneven. Luckily, I have a KME system and was able to put an even scalpel like finish that brings me joy every time I actuate the button. This did not come without great headaches trying to clamp this into the KME though, but CPM- 154 takes an edge beautifully. This thing can now glide through paper like no one’s business.

Conclusion- This knife turned out to be exactly what I was looking for, an overbuilt knife with solid lock up and a stout deployment that flies out with authority. Even with all of its “flaws” its still a knife that I can put faith into no matter what, and that I know no other knife guy will be carrying. It’s a unique piece that comes in a hand finished state that won’t make you hesitate to use or get some wear on. This is a knife you can carry with pride and gives you a smile when you find the excuse to use it.