Emerson’s CQC-7 has been in production a long time, but these brute-force folders have never caught on as popular EDC knives in the way that Spydercos or Benchmades have. If you’re looking for a stabbing/thrusting knife, however (and not a box cutter, letter-opener or cheese-slicer) it might be just what you need.
After almost 20 years in production, Emerson is making them with these jungle-green G10 scales. Considering those who have carried the CQC-7 and what they used it for, I’m amazed it’s taken Emerson this long.
One of the main drawbacks of most Emerson knives is their signature single-sided ‘chisel’ grinds. I’m not a big fan of chisel grinds (except on actual chisels) because sharpening them is awkward, and making a straight cut with them is damn-near impossible.
That said, these are impressive knives with 3.3″ 154CM blades, G10 scales and titanium liner locks. And the patented Emerson Wave opening hook is so brilliant I wish more knifemakers would license it from them.
Street price for other CQC-7s can run as low as $140, but these new green models are still running near full MSRP of $213.
Manufacturer’s link here.