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-5K Knife Review — Quick Review

Kershaw Emerson CQC-5K
Kershaw Emerson CQC-5K

The next installment in the Kershaw Emerson collaboration series features the classic attention to detail and manufacturing excellence you expect from a Kershaw knife along with the design elements that make Emerson knives so incredibly useful in everyday life.  The CQC-5K features olive drab handle scales of G10.  This linerlock knife all the cutting versatility you can imagine from a clip point blade.  And as a kicker, the blade has a black oxide finish for a slightly tactical look, but even more important, it offers an extra layer of corrosion resistance to the stainless steel blade.  Throw in the Emerson “wave feature” and you have a knife that opens fast and is ready for action with a quick pull from the pocket.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the “wave feature” in action, it is something to behold.  As you pull the knife from your pocket, you angle the pull back just a bit more than normal.  This allows the small hook, or “wave feature” to catch on the top corner of your pocket.  As you continue the pull, the blade actually pulls open.  This allows you to have a fully opened and engaged blade as soon as you have the blade out of your pocket.  Definitely a fantastic feature on a manual knife.

 If you have been looking for a manual knife the new CQC line of collaborative knives from Kershaw and Emerson is certainly one to check out.  These knives are relatively inexpensive.  They are built from materials that are going to last a lifetime with proper care.  The “wave feature” turns a manual knife into something special.  Plus they look fantastic.  Check out the CQC-5K on our website here.  Let me know all about your new Kershaw Emerson down 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 in. (7.6 cm)
  • Closed length: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
  • Weight: 3.7 oz. (104.9 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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