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Bargain or Just Cheap? – Kershaw CQC-6K and E-Train

Welcome to Bargain or Just Cheap? This series reviews budget friendly knives for a variety of uses in a short format. All of the knives will cost less than $50 (in most cases, much less) and will be purchased out of my own pocket. I’ll buy them, carry them, and use them in an attempt to determine if the knife is a bargain or just cheap.

The line of collaboration knives by Emerson Knives and Kershaw is extensive and affordable. However, not all of them are bargains (see our CQC-4K review). The CQC-6K is the subject of today’s installment of Bargain or Just Cheap? and it has something impressive that no other folder in this category has.


Lock: Frame Lock

Pocket Clip: Reversible, Tip up only

Steel: 8Cr14MoV

Handle: Textured G-10 front, 410 stainless steel back

Blade length: 3.25 in.

Closed length: 4.5 in.

Open length: 7.75 in.

Weight: 5 oz.

Observations from Use

So what does the CQC-6K have that no other knife in this category has? It has the E-Train – a fully functional training drone version of the CQC-6K. That is a huge value added over other knives if you are interested in training but still operating on a budget. Kershaw and Emerson should get major props for creating a budget-minded live blade and drone combo. Even if you aren’t interested in the CQC-6K, you may want to pick up an E-Train to add to your training tools.

The CQC-6K has a lot going for it on its own. It has the Emerson Wave Opening Feature which is a hooked protrusion that can made to catch the edge of your pocket (or other materials), deploying the knife blade as you remove it from your pocket. Once you get used to the Wave Opener, it is hard to live without.

The knife also has a useful clipped point blade shape with plenty of belly and straight edge for a variety of cuts. The knife has a roughly half-height, hollow primary ground and a clipped point. It is relatively thick for a folder at .11″ thick but the hollow grind does a good enough job of thinning the edge that it cuts well. Overall, the blade shape and profile are very useful for a variety of tasks.

The ergonomics are very good. The knife is comfortable in all 4 grips – tip up and down, edge in and out. The G-10 scale offers excellent traction and the deep finger choil serves to lock the hand in place. It feels good in the hand and has a handle heavy balance.

The lock-up the CQC-6K and E-Train that I purchased are both quite good. They lock up early on the lock bar so they should have room to wear in over time. The detent on my CQC-6K is a little light but adequate but the E-Train has an excellent detent.

Bargain or Just Cheap?

The CQC-6K does a few things better than the not-so-positively reviewed CQC-4K. First, it has a higher primary grind which improves cutting performance and the ergos are spot on. It is a better knife in every way.

I can’t stress how cool it is to see an affordable knife offered with an affordable and readily available training drone. I don’t know of another knife in this price category that offers a drone. It is especially impressive when you consider that both the CQC-6K and E-Train can be purchased for less than $50 total.

When you consider things like a useful blade shape, G-10 scale, Emerson Wave Opener, and the availability of a training drone, you have to conclude that this knife is a BARGAIN.

I will be using Amazon as the price base line for this series. All knives were purchased by me from Amazon:

Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K

Kershaw Emerson E-Train

Our goal is to represent knives for a variety of uses from EDC, to outdoor, to tactical knives. Do you have a favorite affordable knife? Let us know about it in the comments!

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Emerson Knives to Debut Balisongs at Blade Show 2017

Blade Show 2017 is already stacking up to be a great one with several high profile new releases. The upcoming Emerson Knives Balisongs stand tall among those hotly anticipated new knives. They gave the first sneak peek at their one of their Blade Show Attention Grabbers today in the form of this single image…

Details are sparse, of course, but these look like everything you would expect from Emerson with their textured black G-10 scales and sloping thumb ramp with jimping and Wave Opener.

Peek Behind the Scenes at Emerson Knives Prototypes

Emerson Knives recently posted a video that shows the contents of a box of rough prototype knives. Ernest Emerson appears in the video and states that some of the knives have already been produced, some will be produced, and some may never be produced. The video is a fascinating look into the design process, aesthetic, and prolificacy of the man who helped birth the tactical knife as we know it.

Emerson Knives CQC-7BW Flipper Sneak Peak

The Emerson Knives CQC-7 can already be opened via the thumb disk or the patented Emerson Wave Opener. Now this absolutely classic tactical knife is about to learn a new trick. Behold the upcoming Emerson Knives CQC-7BW Flipper!

Emerson Knives Phantom Super Karambit with Gray G-10

Emerson Knives just released a limited run of Phantom Super Karambits with Gray G-10 handle slabs. These small runs typically sell out very quickly so don’t delay if you want one.

emerson stealth karambit

Emerson Combat Systems Fighter – New for 2015

Emerson Knives just released their newest model – the Combat Systems Fighter. The new knife has simple lines and design elements familiar from other popular Emerson creations.


The blade and handle are somewhat reminiscent of the Emerson Roadhouse though with a tip that looks very much like the venerable CQC-8. The melding of these two designs results in a knife that looks new but seems familiar. The knife features 154CM steel, titanium liners and lock bar, and the aggressively textured G-10 you have come to expect from Emerson.

Check out the new Combat Systems Fighter at Emerson Knives.

Emerson Knives Combat Karambit Upgrade

The Emerson Knives Combat Karambit will be upgraded with a new reinforced tip in 2015. This style of tip was available previously on Emerson’s Super Karambit. The tip is strategically cut short in such a way that removes the potential weakness of the thin curved point but still provides a penetrating point necessary for the karambit’s effectiveness.

emerson combat karambit tip upgrade

Will Moon Custom Knives – Emerson Super Commander Moon Ultra-Mod

There is an entire cottage industry set up around customizing production knives and no knives are more popular to customize than Emerson Knives. True custom Emerson Knives are in extremely high demand and cost a significant amount of money so many fans of Mr. Emerson’s work resort to customizing a production version of one of his knives to suit their tastes. This process usually involves a significant investment in cash and time while you wait for the work to be completed which is why it is so cool to see a maker offering off-the-shelf custom modified Emerson knives.

Will Moon Custom Emerson Commander

Will Moon is an accomplished knife maker in his own right. He makes very distinctive folders that tend to be elegant, understated, and built like Swiss time pieces if Swiss time pieces could be used to cut through a car door. He has turned his attention to a limited number of Emerson Super Commanders and created what he calls the Emerson Super Commander Moon Ultra-Mod.

The Emerson Super Commander Moon Ultra-Mod may start out as a production knife but nearly every aspect of it is hand tuned. The typical asymmetrical grind that Emerson is known for is tweaked to provide improved geometry and edge retention. The blade is hand rubbed to a satin finish. The titanium locking liner is carbide plated to increase it’s lifespan and the nylon washers have been replaced with phosphor bronze to smooth the action. The scales have been replaced with high-viz orange, hand contoured, bead blasted G-10. The thumb disk has also been replaced with a custom high-viz orange G-10 part that is contoured to make deploying the blade even easier.

This knife is gorgeous to look at and functionally improved. Check out the Emerson Super Commander Moon Ultra-Mod.

will moon custom emerson commander disk

Emerson Knives EDC-2 Multitool

The new Emerson Knives EDC-2 Multitool is now available. This is a streamlined version of the original Emerson EDC-1. Both versions are made in collaboration with Multitasker Tools.


The EDC-2 is slimmer, lighter, and less expensive than the original EDC-1. It accomplishes all three of those with the removal of the detachable wrench feature found on the EDC-1. The EDC-2 also features an improved Phillips driver and a thinner slotted driver. The Emerson Commander inspired, 440C blade is still present as is the wicked self-defense implement masquerading as an awl.

The Emerson EDC-2 is available with FDE or OD Green G-10 scales. Check it out at Emerson Knives.

Cross posted from Blade Bomb.

Emerson Commander with Crusader Cross Pivot

Everyone knows the Emerson Commander. It is one of the all time great tactical knives. However, you have never seen an Emerson Commander like this one with a Crusader shield shaped pivot. These will be available soon from Emerson Knives.

Crusader Cross Pivot Emerson Commander

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