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  By the time you have the knife fully withdrawn from your pocket, the blade is open, locked and ready for action.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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Kershaw Emerson CQC-8K Knife Review

Kershaw Emerson CQC-8K
Kershaw Emerson CQC-8K Tanto Tactical Knife

The much anticipated Kershaw Emerson CQC-8K has finally arrived.  This collaboration between Emerson Knives and Kershaw Knives gives you the very best of two worlds.  Built with the tactical user in mind, the CQC-8K features a tanto blade with standard edge, a linerlock, and dual black G10 handle scales.  Comfortable enough for everyday carry and use, this tactical knife is built rugged enough for heavy tactical situations.  And it opens with the patented “wave feature” from Emerson knives so you can get the blade out in a hurry.

The 3.5″ blade has a slightly modified single bevel tanto point.  Made from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a black oxide coat for greater corrosion resistance as well as minimal reflection, the blade is best suited for heavy piercing cuts.  The single bevel chisel grind allows you to get an even sharper edge than normal achieved with a classic double bevel tanto blade.  The blade can be opened with the blade disk using either thumb–so it is a true ambidextrous knife.  You can also open the knife with the classic Emerson “wave shaped feature” that is essentially a small curved integral hook that sits in the same location as the blade thumb ramp.  When you pull the knife from your pocket, by pressing it slightly outward (away from your body) you can catch the hook on the edge of your pants pocket.  As you fully pull the knife out of your pocket, the hook pulls against your pocket edge with enough force that it actually opens the blade so that by the time the knife is out of your pocket, it is in the open and locked position.  This particular model locks up with a very sturdy liner lock.

The handle scales are textured black G-10 with slightly rounded edges so that it is easy on your hands and pants.  A very generous finger groove allows your forefinger to rest comfortably while allowing you to keep an extremely secure grip on the knife.  Wide jimping on the spine extends into jimping on the thumb ramp so you can get a good thumb grip that allows you to control the blade very well.  There is also some “reverse” jimping on the blade spine where it jogs downward about an inch from the handle.  This jimping lets your thumb get a pull grip on the blade so you have even more control when you are making precise cuts.  This rarely found extra spot of jimping is great touch.

The pocket clip keeps the knife in a tip up position and is reversible right/left.  A small lanyard hole is found at the very butt of the handle so you can alternate carry if you wish.  The clip has the Emerson skull logo imprint on it for a special touch.

This great folder knife has everything I like about a good carry knife.  Serious cutting ability, strong tip strength, and lots of features that afford me a secure grip even when things are a bit wet and slippery.  Plus the fact you can now get an Emerson designed knife for under $50 makes this special knife even better.  Find the Kershaw Emerson CQC-8K here on our website and let me know what you think of your Kershaw and Emerson collaboration knife below.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Designed by Emerson, built by Kershaw
  • Thumb disk; “waved shaped opening feature”
  • Manual opening
  • Liner lock
  • Reversible pocketclip (left/right)
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, black-oxide coating
  • Handle: Textured G-10
  • Blade length: 3.5 in. (8.9 cm)
  • Closed length: 4.6 in. (11.7 cm)
  • Weight: 5.4 oz. (153.1 g)
  • Kershaw Product Code:  KS6044TBLK
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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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