Kershaw CQC 4K (6054BRNBLK) Emerson Designed Folding Pocket Knife, 3.25-In Stainless Steel Blade, Black-Oxide Blade Coat, Wave Shaped Opening, Thumb Disk, Frame Lock, Reversible Pocketclip; 4.1 OZ
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- 3.25” blade made of 8Cr14MoV stainless steel, featuring excellent edge retention and wear resistance
- Versatile drop-point blade capable of a variety of cutting chores including opening packages, cleaning small game, animal defense, stripping wire and making kindling
- Designed by Emerson Knives and precision engineered by Kershaw for uncompromising function, fit and finish
- Excellent companion for wilderness guides, hunters, anglers, backpackers, hikers, hobbyists, landscapers or anyone in need of a reliable EDC
- Manual blade opening with thumb disk or Emerson’s “wave shaped feature”, a favorite among military, rescue and law enforcement
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The CQC-4K combines Kershaw’s precision engineering with the uncompromising functional design of Emerson Knives. The 3.25-inch drop-point blade is made of 8Cr14MoV stainless steel finished in a non-reflective, stealthy black-oxide coat and features excellent wear resistance, edge retention and versatility. The handle combines a black-oxide stainless steel back scale and a textured G-10 front scale for secure grip. The blade is manually opened with the thumb disk or Emerson’s patented “wave-shaped feature”, an instant-open quality favorited among military, rescue and law enforcement knife users. A small wave-shaped tab on top of the blade is built to catch on the pocket seam to open the knife as it comes out of the pocket for ideal fast-action use. The pocketclip is reversible for left or right handed carry, and a secure frame lock prevents accidental blade closure during operation. The CQC-4K is a wonderful collaboration of form and function for any knife enthusiast.
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As for the other reviewer claiming that the knife is a piece of junk and to just buy a shallot or leek. I honestly wouldn't even classify them in the same class of knife. Both of those two suggestions are made in the USA and have better steel. What you are paying for with this knife is an Emerson designed knife with a "wave." Neither two of those knives mentioned have that feature. Neither two of those knives come in at an affordable price with G10 and a frame lock. Those two knives do come with Sandvik 14C28N though which is a slightly better steel.
As for the knife itself:
Run of the mill 8CR13MOV. It will take a razor sharp edge, fairly easy to sharpen and affordable. Not bad, not superb. 14C28N will provide slightly better edge retention. I have used it for years for EDC on many other knifes and I can get it to shave my arm hair.
It is a frame lock and it is definitely strong. Lockup is not too early or too late. The lock sits about dead center on the tang of the blade. Definitely feels like it can take a beating.
One of the things I have noticed on cheaper Chinese imports with G10 is that quite a few of them tend not to be all that grippy and lack the traction of more expensive knives. This one nailed it. Feels great, not too grippy, not too slick. The color looks pretty good as well.
I have used mine quite hard and the coating seems to be pretty tough. Doesn't seem to be showing any signs of wear. This is a black oxide coating and not DLC, so it may wear a bit more than DLC coating. Personally I could care less as I feel it gives a knife character. Keep you knife oiled and it won't rust.
Ease of Opening:
This is one of the things I am just ok with. The knife uses vinyl bushings instead of Phosphor Bronze ones that some nicer knives use. Comparing this to a Spyderco Tenacious and Persistence, both Spydercos seem to open a bit easier than this, even with a good amount of flipping opening and closing. I have always preferred Phosphor Bronze over vinyl. This is the only reason I give this 4 instead of 5 stars, if I could I would give 4.5/5 instead. If this knife had phosphor bronze washers it would be the perfect affordable import knife. As it has the wave feature and I can still flick it open fairly easy without much effort, it really isn't a big deal. It is by no means hard to flick open, just slightly less smooth than a knife with the better washers.
I love spear point knives for EDC use. They're great for opening letters, cutting up boxes, and the point is nice for doing more precise work. This is more of a personal preference though. Some people hate them.
Jimping and handle ergonomics:
Jimping has always been one of those things I never really cared much about. Many will say it's not aggressive enough. Personally handle ergonomics play a much larger role in how well it will stay in your hand. The jimping on this knife is by no means aggressive at all, it is fairly smooth and provides some additional grip but not much. Again, I could care less about the jimping because I feel this knife ergonomics fits my hand like a glove. I have medium sized hands and can get all my fingers on. The choil shape and g10 scale is more than adequate to keep this knife locked in my grip.
Many will complain that the clip isn't a deep pocket one. I believe this is intentional. With a waved knife, you need to be able to grab the back of the knife from your pocket and pull it out with a good hold to wave this properly. With deep pocket clips, there is less area for you to grab on the knife when it is in your pocket, making it quite difficult to safely pull this out of your pocket and wave it open.
This knife fills a niche in a market that didn't exist. Kershaw's new Emerson collaboration knives are the first knives on the market that offer the wave feature at an affordable price point. Overall this is a great knife for an import. It isn't perfect, but you shouldn't expect it to be. Personally I still feel it is slightly expensive for what it is but it should come down like all new knives do within a few months.
Get this knife, you'll love the wave. Just don't expect to flick it open with your thumb until you've had it a bit.
The brownish polymer facing is on one side only, with the reverse side finished in black (metal) Folded, the knife is about 25% thicker than either the Zing or Leek, but for me the little bit of extra thickness makes it a better fit in my hand.
I had rated this at three stars but to be fair, after some use I realized for around $30 this is a pretty good little knife. I've gown accustomed to Benchmade, Spyderco and Zero Tolerance quality. Because of those expectations, when I purchase a more affordable, offshore produced knife I'm more critical than I should be.