Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K Single Blade Folding Knife

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If you retrace the lineage of the tactical folder over the past 20 years, then you'd eventually come to one knife: the Emerson CQC-6.

The handmade tactical folding knife designed by the legendary Ernest Emerson is widely considered the knife that popularized the tactical folder (along with designs by Sal Glesser and Bob Terzuola).

Even after more than 20 years of being made, the waitlist on this custom knife stretched several years. So Emerson partnered with Kershaw to bring a factory version of the knife called the Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K.

But could Kershaw recreate the design, fit, and finish that made the custom so popular within a smaller budget? The answer is a resounding yes.

The Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K features a 3.25-inch modified clip point blade made from 8Cr14MoV stainless steel. The grind of the blade has a stonewash finish while the upper portion has a satin finish.

The blade is also adorned with a thumb disk for ambidextrous opening and includes the iconic Emerson Wave.

For those unfamiliar with the small protrusion from the base of the blade's spine, it catches the edge of your pocket when pulling it out for swift engagement in a single motion. The Wave is popular among military and rescue personnel.

The front of the handle boasts a textured G-10 handle scale while the back is 410 bead-blasted stainless steel. At a fraction of the price of the custom version, the Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K should be an instant buy for anyone looking for a reliable EDC.


  • Thumb disk; waved shaped opening feature
  • Manual opening
  • Frame lock
  • Reversible pocket clip (left/right)
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, stonewashed & satin finish
  • Handle: Black textured G-10 front, 410 bead-blasted finish back
Brand: Kershaw Knives
Catalog Number: 484803
Assisted Open No
Automatic Knife No
Blade Color Silver/Gray
Blade Edge Plain
Blade Length 3.250
Blade Material Stainless Steel (8Cr14MoV)
Closed Length 4.50
Handle Color Black
Handle Material G-10, Stainless Steel (410)
Knife Type Folding
Knife Weight 5.01
Lock Type Frame lock
Pocket Clip Included Yes
Point Modified Clip Point
Sheath Included No
Total Length 7.75
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