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Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K

Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K

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Received my CQC-6K in the mail yesterday. Let me start out by saying this is a great knife for the price and I'm very happy with my purchase. That being said there are a few things I noticed with the piece I received, most of them are no surprise given this price point.
Knife Design - Very simple, it just works. The wave feature is a really cool feature (I've got a few Spyderco knives that have it as well). The knife feels good in the hand and has a nice thumb ramp coming off the wave with aggressive jimping that makes for a solid grip. You can't really choke up on this knife, but that is neither here nor there. Just an observation. The pocket clip is pretty standard. It is not a deep carry clip but it doesn't create any unusual hot spots while gripping the knife either.
Blade Centering/Action - Blade centering on my knife favors the show side slightly. I tried adjusting it but once the blade was perfectly centered the knife became extremely difficult to open. The action is a little stiff either way, I tried speeding up the break in process by leaving it open over night but the detent is still a little too stiff for my taste. While its possible to open with a middle finger flick or a thumb disk flick it requires a little more effort than it should. I added some blue lube which helped marginally, hoping this just breaks in with time. The wave opening feature (which will be primarily how I deploy the knife anyways) opens reliably every time I draw the knife from my pocket. No complaints there.
Fit/Finish - Its a sub $30 knife so you can't expect too much in this department. That being said, it feels heavy and beefy. This may be a negative to some who prefer EDC items to be light but on the other hand it makes the knife feel very solid. I don't know about you but I buy cheaper knives like this with the intention of being harder on them than I would on one of my more expensive knives (sort of backwards I know). That being said, the weight doesn't bother me if it means the knife will stand up to abuse a little longer. The blade lock up is rock solid. It doesn't budge a bit in any direction. Hopefully it stays that way after some hard use but only time will tell. Kershaw did a great job of making this feel like a more expensive knife than it is.
Blade Steel - Who cares. It came surprisingly sharp out of the box and it will be easy to sharpen/maintain. I don't pay much attention to steel on anything less than $70 because they are all relatively crappy.
Again I'm very happy with my purchase overall and these were just some nitpicks. If I were spending $80-150 on this knife I'd be upset about a few of these things but its hard to criticize a knife by these standards in the $25-50 price range.
I would also like to mention that for the drop I recently took part in I did receive the knife in a nice box, not a blister pack. It came with some literature and 3 extra screws for the pocket clip.
ernie is the coolest dude in the world been waiting for some emerson knives on here lets gooooooooooooo
I have owned the CQC 7k (only difference is the blade style) for 3 months now. It deploys well, the pocket clip has held up well, it feels great in the hand, and the blade is sturdy. I have had to resharpen it as the steel isn't the hardest, but it's a solid knife, especially for the price.
I already own this knife...It's a darn good knife. It's a little heavy and it needs a sharpening once and a while but the wave feature is really cool and you get a much bigger piece of steel than you would expect on a knife of this price. I paid around $30 for the thing and I'm definitely happy with my purchase.
Anyone know what kind of washers? I assume Teflon or Nylon.
Other than that another fabulously underwhelming showing from Kershaw. I would gladly pay an extra $10 or $15 if they'd just use some quality steel.
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Yeah, if it's thick and white, it's probably nylon.
@MaxwellDemonic They are Nylon washers.
Compliments of dkb45: Outer diameter 10.07mm (0.396in), inner diameter 4.05mm (0.159in), thickness 0.60mm (0.023in)
Got this knife in the mail two weeks early. Nice and sharp out of the box (no blister pack), blade is nicely centered and opens smoothly. Great knife for the money. Very stout. Thanks, Massdrop.
I bought this knife at a retail establishment and like others here I found the blade to go off center easily due to cheap screws made of exceedingly soft metal. The pocket grab feature is phenomenal but not enough to keep me from going back to my rat II from ontario knives or the HK folder I got more recently.
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Thats good to hear as confusing as it is. I still think the design is magnificent but my best guess is that yours was manufactured in a different lot, possibly in the states instead of Taiwan or China (I forget which is printed on the blade). Honestly if you have used it for two years and neither the clip, thumbstud, or blade hinge itself has gone loose I would put my money on it being a higher quality material run. Honestly im a little envious, I can operate any of the knives I own one handed but this Kershaw had the best design I've seen yet. I would still be using it if mine didn't have so many issues.
I own almost all models in the Kershaw/Emerson line and I can confirm that QC is all over the place. Several examples I have operate great, have good centering, and reasonably sturdy hardware, and others don't. A few can only get the blade centered when the pivot screw is torqued to an unacceptable degree, making the pivot way too tight. They are all made in China, but I imagine some may be produced in different plants, or the QC just sucks.
If you're interested, I would recommend a 6054 (CQC-4k) in whatever color suits your fancy. I have several and none of them have any issues.
I got in on the last drop, not a bad cheap knife, key word being cheap. Wave works as intended and is fairly useful but the blade is WAY off center and the pivot screw is constantly coming loose. Blade hits the edge of the frame every time I close it.
There is a tanto variant of this knife on amazon. Tanto looks so more bad ass but this style of blade is better for slicing like opening boxes. Tough call for me..
I have a few versions of the Kershaw/Emerson, this one included, and they're pretty much my only EDC anymore. The functionality of the Wave hook thingy is the best invention for pocket knives since the pocket clip. Easy one-handed open/close. Phenomenal value. The steel may not be the best quality ever, but keep your blade clean and sharp and it's perfectly workable.
i actually have this knife sitting in front of me, it's a pretty good little knife for the money, i paid around $28-30 for mine on amazon, the neat thing about this knife is the clip can be reversed and the little hook that sticks out from the thumb rise is made to catch on the edge of you pants pocket and opens the knife as you pull it out. it really only works on heavy pants such as jean or canvas work pant material, lighter clothing like shorts and summer wear will just get twisted up. not the end of the world, you just lose the neat little feature of the knife opening as you pull it out, really handy one handed operation really, it's been pretty useful when I've needed the knife quickly and had to hold a line or something else with my other hand.
for $20 i can recommend it, heck even at $55 it's not a terrible knife, i'm more than happy enough with my $30 purchase.
Could someone tell me what was the lowest price of the drop?
Just got mine and its nice enough. It did come in a small cardboard box that was pretty squished up after being shipped in a bubble wrap envelope. No big deal to me on this order, but if I was ordering it as a gift I would have been a bit disappointed with the damaged packaging.
Why bother reminding me about this drop when you don't ship to the UK?
The really funny part is that these have better F&F by miles than any of the actual Emersons i bought in the early to mid 2000s.
Great design at a very reasonable price, but I really wish the manufacturer had used a better quality steel for the blade. In my humble opinion, the increased cost would have been worth it to put this knife over the top.
Best inexpensive knife EVER.
Where is the picture of the back?
I included a picture of the back of the knife a couple of posts ago. You can see this knife on Amazon...
Let me know if you want to make yours into a karambit style w/ a finger loop!
If you are okay with the size and weight, this is the best of all the Kershaw-Emerson folders.
The 6K is a favorite of mine and Kershaw did a good job with them.
The MD price is no bargain, as is often the case with products that are widely available.
This knife is available on Amazon. It costs 21 cents more. Yes, 21 cents :), and delivery is in 2 days. To get an idea what the 'back' of the knife looks like, I suggest seeing it on Amazon... Since it is a frame lock, there is no scale material on the that side, only the frame surface. So the G10 is on one side only.
The reviews on Amazon suggests this is a great knife.
Thank You for posting the lock side picture/post AJ. I'd like to add that the lack of G10 and smoother metal = a lot less pocket drag when pulling it out versus having G10 on the clip side of the knife. Lefties won't notice that difference :wink:
$21.74 after shipping. I can get the same exact thing through Amazon for $22.95. For $1.21 more, I can can have it in a couple of weeks.
What is the point of this drop?
I wish I paid the whole extra $5 blade hq charges because at least i would have had my knife by now. I still have not received mine and the wait time has been RIDICULOUS! Safe to say I'm never using massdrop for anything ever again. Oh and I'm still waiting on my Para 2 and my nitecore tubes havnt even been shipped out yet! And that drop was on 2/25! Word of advice people, don't use massdrop. Pay a very little bit more on other sites, the "savings" isn't worth it.
I gotta say, I'm a little disappointed with my delivery. The packaging was not what I was expecting; the models available at Walmart come in a nice box, while the one I received came in a flimsy blister pack. The plastic portion of it was cracked open by the thumb stud/wave hook. It almost appears as if someone cut the packaging open to feel those spots. The shipping itself was a shit show. FedEx decided it didn't want to ship it directly to my home, so the USPS had to compete the delivery, a week late.


I'm hesitantto join any drops in the future, if this is what I should expect.
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What you are describing sounds like FedEx Smart Post. It's currently the worst choice available in parcel shipments. What happens is the vendor pays FedEx bottom dollar and then FedEx contracts the USPS to complete the delivery. This causes about a week in delay of what would normally be a 3-5 business day domestic delivery. Complete garbage!
Oh yes, how I hate "SmartPost". In addition to taking forever, they keep losing packages. Not sure whose side is doing it.
Most recently, a Google Express package never showed up and they refunded the order completely even though a couple other packages in the order were delivered. A few days later, the package was delivered, badly mangled. There was a twelve pack of soda inside and a few cans were crushed and had burst open. My guess is they waited for the package to dry before delivering it.
While I adore my various Spyderco knives most of all, you cannot find a better option than this at this price range. I got it a while back through Massdrop, and am very pleased. It is quite heavy, so it's mainly an around the house knife. I need something lighter to fit in a women's jeans pocket, but this is still a good knife to grab if you need to do household tasks.
why only shipping to US?
Any chance of a drop on the 9k?
It appears I'm using Massdrop as my Kershaw dealer.... this will be my 5th Kershaw from Massdrop, I've never purchased one anywhere else.... hey, if it works, it works. Right?
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