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Emerson Kershaw cqc 7k

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First impression was that this is a big knife at almost 8 inches long when open, shaving sharp out of the box, dead center blade when closed. No play whatsoever when locked open. Lock engages just over 50% it's a great way to experience the Emerson wave opening at a low price. The tanto blade may not be for everyone. 

Blade The blade cutting edge is 3.25''(81 mm) long it's a modified tanto blade that slopes down from the spine to the tip, however it is strong. I haven't stabbed any car doors with it, but this knife would be well capable of it. Because of the slope the tip isn't the full thickness of the blade, the thickest part of the blade is 0.116 inches (almost 3.0 mm) and the tip is 0.045''(1.15 mm) with the thickest part of the blade 0.54 inches(13.7 mm) back from the tip. There's plenty of steel behind the tip.

The bottom half of the blade is stone washed, it looks good and will hopefully hide scratches when it gets abused. On one side it has the Emerson logo, and the other side kershaw kai with a tiny CHINA close to the handle. There is a lovely audible 'click' as the lock snaps on the open blade, the best way to describe it is that it reminds me of a BMW car door closing. Detent on closing is good, very positive.

But it's heavy, just over 5 oz. The lanyard hole could be bigger at 0.18 inches (4.6 mm). It's stiff to open and close, I can just about close it single handed, hopefully it will free up with use. Gimping could be better finished, it is a bit roughly machined. Because of the clip position it sits high in the pocket, about 3/4'', the skull on the clip might put some people off. It is not discreet in the pocket, and when you pull it out with the wave opening people will notice!

In Use I'm farming, 90% of what I do with this will be stabbing and cutting feed and fertiliser bags to open them, cutting polythene wraps and netting off bales. I will also be using it to cut pvc piping, cable insulation and some conduit etc. I can't ever see myself carving a spoon beside a campfire, if you want to do that the tanto blade IMO will be too awkward. It is comfortable in the hand, ergonomics are good, it is the same handle as the Emerson Kershaw cqc-6k,  even though I have a large hand my pinky finger rests on the lanyard hole with my thumb on the gimping at the wave.

Overall a great knife at the price, yes it's made in China, but they got this one right anyway. Yes, there are better stainless steels for knife making out there but not in this price range with Emerson wave opening. It's heavy, but strong. I dropped this on the farm yard in mud for 2 days and it got driven over a couple of times. The clip must have snagged in my coat, something to watch out for! The G-10 has a few scars, there are a few scratches on the steel on the lock side and the clip, but everything works and the blade is undamaged. 

Bonus is that with a bit of effort the wave can be used as a bottle opener!

 

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Its an awesome knife to be sure, its shocking the level of quality you get for your buck these days! Have you checked out the new CQC-10K thats coming out soon? I can't wait.


Thanks for that review mate

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I was actually more interested in the cqc 9k, but the Bowie looks good too. I see the cqc 5k can be got for less than $20 now.

https://www.knifecenter.com/item/KS6074OLBLK/kershaw-6074olblk-cqc-5k-emerson-folding-knife-black-blade-od-green-g10-handles?utm_source=website&utm_medium=ribbon&utm_campaign=kershaw-emerson-cqc-5k&kcno=123

 

I don't know how anyone buys an Emerson anymore, with these available at a fraction of the price. 

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On 18/03/2017 at 11:25 PM, Smithy66 said:

I was actually more interested in the cqc 9k, but the Bowie looks good too. I see the cqc 5k can be got for less than $20 now.

https://www.knifecenter.com/item/KS6074OLBLK/kershaw-6074olblk-cqc-5k-emerson-folding-knife-black-blade-od-green-g10-handles?utm_source=website&utm_medium=ribbon&utm_campaign=kershaw-emerson-cqc-5k&kcno=123

 

I don't know how anyone buys an Emerson anymore, with these available at a fraction of the price. 

Emersons do feel a touch different, the G-10 is grippier and generally speaking they are much larger. But yeah, in terms of value they can't compete with the Kershaw/Emerson's.

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