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: Gerber

In 1939 Joseph Gerber hired a local knife maker to build 25 sets of kitchen cutlery to be given as Christmas gifts. The knives were so popular that Joseph Gerber left his advertising agency to start Gerber Legendary Blades®. The unique style and high quality manufacturing of Gerber cutlery soon developed wide spread acclaim. In fact, Gerber Legendary Blades are the only cutlery on display in New York�?s famous Museum of Modern Art.

From very early on, Gerber collaborated with top knife designers, setting a standard of quality for everyone else to follow. Renowned designers such as Al Mar, Bob Loveless, Paul Poehlmann, "Blackie" Collins, William Harsey Jr. and Ernest Emerson have all designed knives for Gerber. In 2002 this tradition continued as Gerber released the Silver Trident�?, designed by Chief James "Patches" Watson (U.S.N. Ret.) and Bill Harsey Jr.

Today, Gerber continues to design and manufacture unique, high quality outdoor recreation products. In 2003 we are proud to introduce the next generation of multi-tools: the Recoil�? Auto-Plier. By constantly utilizing new technology and innovative design to develop new products, Gerber continues to be an industry leader.

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