More Stuff I Missed At SHOT: Kershaw-Emerson CQC Series

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Kershaw and Emerson have released a line of CQC tactical knives with Emerson’s signature ‘Wave’ opening hook, but without Emersons love-it/hate-it chisel grind. I sure wish I’d spotted this 3.5″ CQC-8K Tanto two weeks ago.

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The entire lineup wears 8Cr14MoV blades, and they’ve all got street prices around $40. This is a hint that they’re all made in China, and Kershaw probably understands that this might be a deal-breaker for some. Knife fora are currently abuzz with speculation that this budget-steel Chinese Kershaw lineup is just testing the market for a possible US-made Zero Tolerance/Emerson collaboration.


  1. BravoZulu says:

    Kershaw also had a ZT/Emerson Collaboration on display at SHOT. If I’m not mistaken they may also appear in the new Kershaw catalog. If this was something you missed, it appears they are coming, and they are SWEET. They were showing two versions, one with G10 scales/titanium frame lock, and one with Carbon Fiber scales/titanium frame lock. They were a bit larger than the Kershaw’s, and I believe had Elamax blade steel. I’m not sure of the price point of these, and how they will compare to actual Emerson made knives in that respect, but the materials were extremely nice.

    EDIT: There are popular online blade retailers already taking pre-orders for them, listing a street price of $200ish

    1. Chris Dumm says:

      Thanks for the intel; I’m still kicking myself for mising them at the show.

      1. BravoZulu says:

        Yea I first spotted them at the Emerson booth and thought they were something new, then asked and they told me all about it. I think they were overlooked by a lot of people at the show. It seems many of the people I spoke to hadn’t seen them. Pretty big game changer for those who were curious about Emerson’s and the Wave feature, but couldn’t justify the cost. I’ll be saving for the ZT.

  2. 2hotel9 says:

    Like the second one pictured, nice grip/body and always like a standard drop point blade. Never really liked the contoured grip/body styles, limits how well you can hold and use a knife for different tasks. If they are selling for $40 I will definitely be getting one.

  3. Jonathan says:

    The two ZT knives are similar in design, however one is Elmax and the other is in M390. As far as the Kershaws, they are all framelocks with normal bevels, however there is one that is a liner lock with a chisel bevel. These are gonna be great knives, but I don’t think they did a great job marketing them.

    Personally, I really like the ZT 0620CF.

  4. NavyRetGold says:

    An Emerson-Kershaw-ZT collaboration is about the last thing that I was hoping for. Its almost a guarantee that the worst features of all of three will appear in the resulting knife. Tanto blades, serrations, chisel grinds, wave openers, thumb disks, liner locks, and cheap steel… Did I leave anything out? Its certainly possible for the better features of each maker to be combined in a knife, but only at double the price. Consider me skeptical.

    1. Nathan says:

      The Kershaw side is a little small for me, but the ZT collab is pretty sweet. From what I’ve seen the Kershaws will be standard grinds, and half the models will have tantos. I haven’t seen any serrations. Wave openers are love it or hate it

  5. Jay says:

    I am a big believer in the wave opening design. I got a Fox Knives Karambit which is faster deploying than my Microtech Troodon. I’d definitely pic one of these up. That said, the karambit blade is scary to some (my wife) and a straight blade with the ring and wave feature might be as good as it gets. The DART knife is coming out and Emerson already has a line of Bluntnosed Karambits.

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