Kershaw Emerson CQC-2K Knife Review

Kershaw Emerson CQC2K, Front View
Kershaw Emerson CQC2K, Front View

The Kershaw Emerson collaboration series features classic Emerson style knives with the production quality of a Kershaw.  With the release of the CQC-2K stinger knife, you get a quick deploying blade, a comfortable handle that ensures a solid grip, as well as a unique opening system.

The 2 3/4″ blade on this knife boasts a modified clip point with a slight recurve.  The recurve makes pull cuts a breeze especially when cutting straps, rope and string.  The outward curve of the belly “holds” the item to be cut and allows the blade to slice through it with greater ease when making pull cuts.  The clip point gives greater strength to the tip of the blade when making piercing cuts.

The blade on this Kershaw knife is 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a black oxide coat that gives even more corrosion and wear resistance to an already great blade steel.  The blade will be relatively easy to sharpen—I would call it an 9 of 10 on ease of sharpening scale– and should keep a fine edge under heavy use for a reasonable amount of time.  Sharpening the blade will require a small bit of skill to sharpen along the recurve edge.  The recurve isn’t overly aggressive and shouldn’t present much of a problem to any but the absolute novice knife sharpener.

Blade locks in place with a seriously secure frame lock.  The pivot pin can be adjusted with a normal flat screwdriver.  The knife comes a bit stiff out of the box.  I actually prefer this on a manual folder so that the blade doesn’t flop open without cause.  You can loosen the pivot a bit and make it for a “looser” open if you prefer.  The blade does have a ball detent that keeps it “locked” in place when the blade is in the closed position.

To open the blade with the Emerson “wave feature” you just the knife out of your pocket and at the same time pull it backwards toward the area behind you.  As you do this, the “wave feature” hook catches on the edge of your pocket and pulls the blade into the open and frame locked position.  Done properly, this method of pocket retrieval® is simple and quick.  In fact, done right this knife opens faster than most automatic knives because the blade is deployed as soon as you have it fully out of your pocket as opposed to most auto knives that require you to withdraw them from your pocket and then press the fire button.

Kershaw Emerson 6024BLK
Kershaw Emerson 6024BLK, Back View

The handle has a black G10 front scale and a 410 black oxide finished back scale.  There is a nice, deep yet gentle finger groove for your forefinger that is followed by a long curve for the rest of your fingers.  This is a relatively small knife which means that for someone with extremely large hands it may feel too small.  For average to large hands the size should be just right.  Some mild jimping is found on the spine of the handle scales for a bit of extra grip.

Tip up right or left pocket clip.  Lanyard hole for alternate carry.

This knife is specifically shaped for serious slicing and piercing.  A fantastic EDC knife for anyone who wants a well built knife that is easy to use and has serious power.  Check out the Kershaw Emerson CQC-2K on our website here and let me know what you think of it below.

SPECIFICATIONS: 

  • Designed by Emerson, built by Kershaw
  • Thumb disk; “waved shaped opening feature”
  • Manual opening
  • Frame lock
  • Reversible pocketclip (left/right)
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, black-oxide coating
  • Handle: Textured G-10 front, 410 black-oxide coated back
  • Blade length: 2.75 in. (7 cm)
  • Closed length: 3.6 in. (9.1 cm)
  • Weight: 2.8 oz. (79.4 g)
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Kershaw Emerson CQC-4K Knife Review

Kershaw Emerson CQC-4K
Kershaw Emerson CQC-4K

Kershaw and Emerson have just collaborated to release a line of knives built by Kershaw Knives based on the classic Emerson features.  Each of these knives boast the “wave feature” that has made Emerson so popular over the past several years.

The CQC-4K is a slim, ready for action manual knife that is built for serious daily carry or tactical use.  The precision engineered knife has a modified drop point blade with a standard edge.  Finished black for maximum wear resistance and glare control, the blade opens smooth and easy.  The best part is it opens with the “wave feature” as you pull it from your pocket.

The “wave feature” is a small hook built into the blade.  As you pull the knife from your pocket, if you pull it back at the same time, the hook catches on your pants pocket and opens the blade.  By the time you have the knife fully withdrawn from your pocket, the blade is open, locked and ready for action.

The blade is 8Cr13MoV stainless steel.  You can expect solid, workmanlike performance from a blade like this.  This stainless steel is generally tempered to a Rc56-58 range.  Generally comparable to AUS-8 stainless steel, the 8Cr13MoV has slightly more carbon but performs simliarly.  The blade is going to give solid corrosion resistance, keep a good edge and be easy to resharpen when the time comes.  The black oxide coating on the blade adds a bit of corrosion resistance.

Let’s move to the handle.  A solid frame lock system, the front scale is textured, coyote brown G-10 on a 410 stainless steel handle frame.  Lock up is solid with the frame lock achieving a nice secure lock every time.

The pocket clip is tip up, reversible for right and left.

The blade reads Emerson and has the Emerson Skull logo and the pocket clip also displays the Emerson Skull logo.  The back of the blade reads Kershaw and then the model number.

This knife is currently selling for around $36.  Considering a standard Emerson will set you back well over $100, this new Kershaw Emerson knife is a definite bargain.  Check them out on our site and let me know what you think of yours below.


SPECIFICATIONS: 

  • Designed by Emerson, built by Kershaw
  • Thumb disk; “waved shaped opening feature”
  • Manual opening
  • Frame lock
  • Reversible pocketclip (left/right)
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, black-oxide coating
  • Handle: textured G-10 front, 410 black-oxide finish back
  • Blade length: 3.25 in. (8.3 cm)
  • Closed length: 4.2 in. (10.7 cm)
  • Weight: 4.1 oz. (116.2 g)
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Kershaw Emerson CQC-3K Knife Review

Kershaw CQC-3K Emerson Knife
Kershaw CQC-3K Emerson Knife

Just hitting the shelves is the much-anticipated Kershaw Emerson collaboration knife, the CQC-3K.  This folder boasts the classic “wave feature” from Emerson that allows you to open the knife as you pull it from your pocket.  Easily one of the coolest structural mechanisms to hit the knife market in the past few decades, the “wave feature” is quite simply a small curved integral hook that sits at the spine of the blade where it meets up with the handle.  When you withdraw the knife from your pocket, if you pull it outwards also, the hook snags the edge of your pocket from the inside and the force of your pull draws the blade from the closed position to the fully open and locked position.  Not only does this look awesome when done properly, it allows you to pull the knife out and have it ready to use in an instant.  Although not an auto knife, you may actually feel like it is one.  This “wave feature” was designed to allow ranchers and farmers to pull their knives out and have them ready for action immediately.  It makes for easy one hand operation.

What else is great about this knife?  All kinds of things.  First, it is being manufactured by Kershaw Knives which means you can count on high quality production.  Second, because it is being produced by Kershaw, you can get what is essentially an Emerson knife for well under $100.  In fact, you can pick this one up for just a hair under $40–an unbelievable price for an Emerson.

The knife has a black finished tanto blade that can also be opened with the thumb disc that sits atop the blade spine.  This means the knife operates as a truly ambidextrous model.  The tip up pocket clip gets into the act by being right/left reversible.  The handle is comfortable to hold and provides plenty of grip with its front G10 scale.  The framelock back scale is 410 steel with a black oxide coat.  It functions flawlessly and keeps the blade open when you want it that way.

This is a spectacular collaboration that provides a fantastic every day carry knife at a price that won’t destroy your budget.  Find the Kershaw Emerson CQC-3K on our site here.  Let me know what you think of yours down below.


SPECIFICATIONS: 

  • Designed by Emerson, built by Kershaw
  • Thumb disk; “waved shaped opening feature”
  • Manual opening
  • Frame lock
  • Reversible pocketclip (left/right)
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, black-oxide coating
  • Handle: Textured G-10 front, 410 black-oxide coated back
  • Blade length: 3.25 in. (7 cm)
  • Closed length: 4.2 in. (9.5 cm)
  • Kershaw Product Code:  6014TBLK
  • Weight: 3.8 oz. (107.7 g)
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Emerson Roadhouse Knife

Emerson Roadhouse Knife
Emerson Roadhouse Knife

Emerson continues to knock the ball out of the park with their knives.  Each one is built for serious, heavy use.  The Roadhouse knife is no exception.  Consider the black G-10 handle scales.  Built for comfort, grip and durability, the scales have the classic Emerson texture that makes for a solid, anti slip grip.  On the spine of the handle, right close to the blade, there are several jimping ridges that give your thumb a nice, extra solid grip when you choke up on the knife for close cutting work.  The same jimping ridges can be found right where your pinkie finger sits.  All in all, the handle is built for use. An oversized finger groove gives your forefinger a comfortable seat and it keeps your hand from slipping up onto the blade during heavy cuts.  Now let’s look at the 154cm tanto blade.  Built with the patented “wave” feature, with practice you can have the blade open and ready for work as soon as it leaves your pocket.  The tanto shape makes for an extra sturdy blade that is perfect for slicing, slashing, as well as piercing cuts.  The 154cm is going to stay sharp for a long time–which means you can spend more time on the road and less time in your shop getting your knife sharp.  And to top it all off, this knife is made in the USA and carries a limited lifetime warranty.  Check out the Emerson Roadhouse–you’ll be glad you did.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Overall Length 8.9 in.
Blade Length 3.8 in.
Blade Thickness .125 in.
Hardness 57-59 RC
Weight 6.2 oz.
Handles Black G-10 epoxy / glass laminate
Lock Aerospace grade Titanium
Blade 154 CM
Blade Style Tanto, Plain Edge
Finish Black
Grind Conventional V Grind

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Emerson Knives Mini Roadhouse

Emerson Mini Roadhouse
Emerson Mini Roadhouse

If you need a tough folder knife that is built for the roughest of work–you can always rely on an Emerson knife.  The Mini Roadhouse is no exception.  Hard work, heavy duty choppers and late nights is what this little knife is all about.  Built USA tough with G-10 handle scales and a 154cm stainless steel tanto blade, the Mini Roadhouse has attitude that just cannot be corralled.  The blade can be opened easily via the thumb plate or you can use the “wave” feature.  As you pull the knife from your pocket, just snag the “wave” on the edge of your pocket–by the time the knife is clear of your pocket, the blade will have snapped into the fully open position.  It locks up solid with the aerospace grade titanium liner lock and stays ready to take care of whatever cutting needs to be done.  Check out the Mini Roadhouse and find out what all the fuss is about.

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ProTech CQC7 Automatic Knife

PRO-TECH CQC7

This Pro-Tech CQC7 Automatic knife was built as a collaboration between Ernest Emerson and Pro-Tech Knives.  This fantastic auto knife features a tanto blade with a chisel tip.  Built with the famous Pro-Tech coil spring, this knife opens fast and hard.  The lock up is tight.  Built at the Pro-Tech facility, the knife features all the high quality manufacturing that you would expect from a Pro-Tech built knife.  I especially like the handle on this knife.  It is basic.  Made of 6061 T6 black aluminum, the shape gives your hand and extremely comfortable hold.  And it has just a bit of jimping on the spine of the handle right where it meets the blade–which gives you a great spot for extra leverage if you need it.   The blade also has a spot right near the junction of the blade and the handle where your thumb fits perfect and gives you even more leverage.  This knife is built to be used.  This collaborative effort stands tall–well made, top quality materials, and an extremely useful shape make the Pro-Tech CQC7 auto knife perfect for every day carry. 

SPECIFICATIONS:

Overall: Pocket clip on back side matches blade finish – drilled for tip up or tip down carry. Comes complete with nylon pouch.
Weight 4.1 oz
Handle: T6 6061 Aluminum / 4.67″ Long / 1.09″ Wide / .45″ Thick
Blade: 154-CM Stainless – 3.25″ Long / .96″ Wide / .120″ Thick Chisel ground Tanto with integral thumb grip.

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Emerson Commander Knife

Every once in a while, a knife comes along that really wows you.  The Emerson Commander has been out for a couple of years now.  But it is definitely one of those knives.  Originally, it won the “Best Overall Knife of the Year” at the International Blade Show in Atlanta.  And if you have ever held the Commander, you quickly can see why.  The knife is reasonably big.  It is rugged.  And it is built strong.  Made with a 154CM stainless steel blade with an excellent V grind, the Emerson Commander works like a charm.  It is easy to open.  You can even use the WAVE feature and open it as you pull it out of your pocket.  The G10 scales make it easy to grip and hold onto.  It is easy to see why so many elite forces around the world like the Commander knife.  Strong, built to last and to perform, and easy to use.  The Emerson Commander is a definite must have knife. 

SPECIFICATIONS:

Overall Length: 8.75 in.
Blade Length: 3.75 in.
Handle Length: 5.0 in.
Blade Thickness: 0.125 in.
Hardness: 57-59 RC
Weight: 4.9 oz.
Made in USA

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