Emerson CQC-13 SF Bowie Folding Knife (3.85" Matte Plain)

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  • Overall Length:9.00"
  • Blade Length:3.875"
  • Cutting Edge:3.75"
  • Blade Thickness:0.13"
  • Blade Material:154CM
  • Hardness:57-59 RC
  • Blade Style:Clip Point
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:5.125"
  • Handle Material:G-10
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:5.00 oz.
  • User:Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Wave Opener
  • Lock Type:Liner Lock
  • Brand:Emerson
  • Model:CQC-13
  • Model Number:SF
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Tactical
  • Product Type:Knife


This is the first Bowie style folder from Ernest Emerson and it is a beauty. This knife fits like a glove and feels like it was made for you. If you like Bowies and you need a Tactical Folder, then there is no other choice. The ECBF has enough blade and handle for any task. This knife looks good and feels even better. Old world tradition meets the 21st century in this combat proven blade, mounted in an extremely safe and secure handle design of Aerospace Titanium and G-10. It features the patented "Wave opening feature".


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Vladimir C.
Knife Emerson CQC-13 I am personally interested in the shape of the blade, polustanochki sharpening and patented system of quick opening. But first things first.
First their knives Ernest Emerson (Ernest Emerson) started to make before opening his own firm. Not superfluous here his wide experience of martial arts training and martial arts, in particular, various types of wrestling and karate. In addition, he trained with an edged weapon, where it gained considerable success. Knives hand-made by Emerson, was in great demand as the military and the civilian population.
Emerson Knives was founded in 1996. Since then, this brand has been released many models of knives, which, according to the official website and numerous interviews with the founder of the company, representatives of various foreign security agencies and even astronauts. Crucial for the company began in 1999, when the famous Commander. This knife was awarded the prestigious "Best knife of the year" at the Blade Show exhibition.
Currently, the firm specializiruetsya in the production of folding tactical knives, designed for use in extreme situations. In the words of Emerson, special attention in the design and manufacture of the knife is paid to the ergonomics, robust design and the convenience of carrying and fetching.
Now consider the construction and properties directly tactical knife the Emerson CQC-13. Abbreviation CQC (Closed Quarters Combat) means that the tool is designed for melee. Like most folding knives Emerson, model CQC-13 designed for melee fights and for performing other extreme tasks. The first knives in this series was released some time ago, and are to this day. The knife is a very charismatic and interesting, but the first on what is necessary to stop in detail is the blade. Its length is 98 mm, the maximum width is 30 mm, the thickness of the butt a little more than 3 mm. The length and geometry of the blade is consistent with the "severe" designation of the knife.
The blade's shape is quite rare for a folding knife of the Bowie type. This form of blade today for some reason not held in high esteem, and infrequently it can be found in folding knives. Indeed, Bowie is more suitable for large hunting and military knives with a fixed blade than to "folder". But because of this inconsistency, Emerson CQC-13 only gets even more interesting.
Blade Bowie owes its appearance to the legendary James Bowie (James Bowie), who in the early nineteenth century provided this knife luxury "PR campaign". The origin of the very first Bowie, as expected, is shrouded in mystery and all sorts of myths, but we are, however, it is not very interested. If you don't go into too much detail here, James needed a knife, quite reliable and versatile, suitable for everyday use (for hunting, for example), and for combat. Furthermore, this extraordinary man is famous because he participated in a huge number of duels and fights with knives, of which he, of course, emerged victorious. Because of this, James Bowie quickly became known as a great knife fighter, but his knife has become a true legend.
Form of blades the first Bowie was somewhat different from what is usually understood by it today, and looked more like a large kitchen knife. And only with time came the form known to us at present. Today the Bowie knife is the blade type clip point (clip-point) slant with butt ("pike") and falshlezvie, thick butt and a limiter on the hilt (guard) for the safety of the hands in the violent action with a knife. It is impossible not to recognize that in addition to "promotion" of this knife by James Bowie, the popularity he gained, in particular, due to its versatility. Durable blade large size with good performance liked many.
The blade of the knife the Emerson CQC-13 Planovy (Plain), imprisoned branded "prestamistas" Emerson. Polustanova sharpening is characterized by the asymmetric profile of the cutting edge, from which flow all the advantages and disadvantages of cutting. This profile provides a smaller angle, in comparison with a symmetrical edge, which in turn increases the cutting properties of the blade.
Cutting edge CQC-13 is constituted by a convergence plane shutter with one hand and supply on the second descent on the other. Unlike "full chisel" is that with the opposite (right) side of the blade still has a descent (without connection to RK). When you run statesociety sharpening, as a rule, one side of the blade has no slope and represents a single plane (the Emerson in the Arsenal there are knives). If desired, it is possible to reground the knife edge to a symmetric state. However, such desire personally, I have not yet encountered. The slopes of the blade CQC-13 is made short and flat.
Many copies have been broken in the debate about the advantages and disadvantages of "chisels" and "polustanok" in comparison with each other and with symmetrical sharpening. Personally, I have no obvious advantages of such a cutting edge does not see. If we do something and win in the cutting ability of the blade (which, of course, extremely important for tactical knives), then there inevitably lose in survivability cutting edge. Plus, this sharpening helps to ensure that when cutting, the blade will slightly lead the way. Therefore, asymmetric sharpening rare to see on EDC knives. Typically, these edges are used in more specialized tools.
However, RES ameranouche "polustanochki" I personally like. The knife cuts a confident, aggressive. The manufacturer was able to achieve fine details of the blade and a small angle cutting edge, which is why the knife cuts just fine. The factory sharpening was quite good, obvious shortcomings on the cutting edge I have not seen, although if you want to complain about is still possible. Therefore, the rate of sharpening four plus.
Thus, Emerson CQC-13 has good sharp properties, due to the shape of the blade. Good cutting is ensured by the fine, polustanochki sharpening and a smooth curve of the cutting edge, and the "pickerel" contributes to the high penetrating ability. Although in fairness, I note that a good shot for a knife is not something unique.
And that's what stamana sharpening with long supply had a negative impact, so it's on the strength of the tip of the blade, which came out very sharp and thin. Stabbing properties Bowie CQC-13 is impressive. Perhaps, the quality of shot this little knife loses the dagger. But the tip came out very weak. When it hits something hard breakdown is almost inevitable.
The blade is made of traditional companies 154CM stainless steel, hardened to a hardness of 57-59 units of Rockwell. The steel is heat treated from Emerson performed well in numerous tests and owner reviews, has good consumer characteristics. The coating blade is a fairly common stones (Stone Washed). There are also varieties of this knife with a black coating and proceratium blade.
The opening system of the knife as already mentioned, represented by the wave and washer, recessed in the butt of the blade. Wave allows you to pull out a knife from his pocket already open, ready for battle. The speed of bringing in readiness in this case is comparable to an automatic knife. Opening the knife using the wave specific process, not everyone gets it the first time. Therefore, this preliminary exercise will not be excess. The puck is more for slow, controlled opening. The washer is made of a neat notch for a good grip with your finger.
Locking device knife is a linear lock (Liner-lock), which is a continuation of one of the reinforcing handle titanium plates. Liner locks the blade in the open position very securely, backlash. We often hear criticism of Emerson for the use of such a "classic" of the castle. Like, is it really impossible to install the locking device more "tactical" in nature? Comres-lock (Compression lock), for example, well, or at least some variant of Back-Loka (Back-lock)? Of course, some truth in this, but also say that any well made lock, regardless of the design, capable of withstanding extremely heavy loads. In fact, the Liner-lock is very often put on knives for everyday use, but, nevertheless, some knife companies set it also on your tactical model.
Speaking about the reliability of the castle, do not forget that any folding knife is not "fixed". In the General case, a knife with a fixed blade will always outperform "folding" on the strength of the structure. In particular, the castle Emerson CQC-13 with a small test absolutely not holding strikes on the butt of the blade. Like many liners, he was from anyone, even not too strong dynamic loads from the butt. It was enough to pick up a knife and knock with the butt on something hard, and he likely will develop pre-hate clicking a titanium lock. And I think this is a problem not only for my specific instance, but a feature of all of the knives this company. Of course, I'm well aware that this load is not typical for a knife for a cutting tool, but in my understanding of "tactics" is to keep at least a mild blows to the butt. Specially to break the knife, no one is going, but the realization that he can develop on the fingers, unpleasant. This fact makes us think, and if we get a blow to the fingers with the blade of your own knife with a strong shot or when hit by the blade into something solid, because when coluseum action is much more difficult to control the load on the butt, that is not quite the usual load for a knife.
How can you not remember that the firm is positioning their knives, as almost the strongest in the world, designed for very heavy work. With such a lock to talk about the high-strength simply inappropriate. But in fairness, I note that when more than the usual operation, the liner behaves reliably. If the blade is applied high impact loads, then I don't think the lock will fail. But I was, after all, are interested in these loads as I need complete confidence in the reliability of the design.
In the hope to correct them in the lock mechanism, I disassembled the knife, cleaned and put back together tightly tightening the axial screw. From this, the blade was heavier, but (and this is me very happy) to fold the blade a simple blow of the butt on the edge of the table already failed. The castle still clicks (titanium rubs against steel) but the blade holds. It is somewhat rehabilitated the castle of Emerson in my eyes. Several times repeating the experiment with the blows of an ax different horizontal surfaces, the result was confirmed. The blade makes a vertical movement ("play"), liner fidgeting slightly, making a nasty clanking sound, but the knife is not formed, and it is in light of the circumstances can not fail to please.
Due to the heavy stroke of the blade in the axial node, the wave began to not always work, because the inertial component of the process of opening disappeared. The core Assembly had little to lubricate, to facilitate the progress of the blade. I repeat that confidently and quickly opening the knife using the wave requires proven skills. Well, now after all the manipulations all became like a good idea.
Handle Emerson CQC-13 is big, easy grip, collapsible. Due to its shape, convenient deep podbelceva the excavation and the way the brush is far from cutting edge, which ensures good safety for the hands in the injections and power cuts. The handle is so ergonomic that practically exclude the possibility of slippage of the brush on the blade with a strong shot.
The handle is assembled on the six screws (not counting axis) connecting together the lining of the G-10, titanium plate and insert the spacer. The location of the screws steel, which in itself is unusual. Three screws on one side of the handle through the cover plate, a reinforcing plate, the spacer and screwed into the opposite die. Also located, with only a small shift, three screws on the other side. In this design, the strength of the handle beyond doubt.
The axial screw is a straight slot screws to fit a Phillips-head screwdriver. A selection of accessories I think is very good, as the standard screws provide ease of disassembly and cleaning knife, replacement of parts and adjustment of the axial node.
G-10 has a pleasant tactile rough texture, making the handle as if she "clings" on the palm. The handle is reinforced with two titanium plates (liners), and the first, the one that goes into the lock, a bit thicker (1.5 mm) than the second (approximately 1 mm). If you look inside the handle, you can see that the liners are not drilled, they are solid plates of metal. I don't think this greatly affects the structural strength, but the weight of the knife is clearly added.
Notch for the thumb on the butt is made very easy, which increases the reliability of retention of the knife in the fencing grip. The notch starts at the handle and goes to the wave blade. The lever is made completely flat, most likely because of technological considerations. Its thickness is small, only 13 mm, the length is slightly more than 130 mm.
The knife handle lies comfortably in the hand thanks to ergonomic shape and soft touch material overlays. The index finger fits comfortably in podbelceva notch, and the knife and asks him to take fencing grip, putting your thumb on a specially made notch. By the way, for once the notch on the knife is made in the place where you can rest your thumb. It often happens that it is strongly put to the blade or, on the contrary, is too far away from him. The handle is designed under the fencing grip, so hold the knife the other way (like a hammer, for example) uncomfortable. Reverse grip of the knife as straight, is very good. The handle also features a lanyard hole.
Due to the fact that due to the massive Patalavaca stops the brush when holding knife isolated and located far away from the blade, the knife feels in the hand is a bit unusual. The blade seems longer than it really is. Because of this shape the center of mass of the knife is closer to the blade, so there is a feeling that the hand is almost a sword. By the way, the other folding knives similar in size to the ten swords seem more compact, and their blades are lighter. For example not far to seek. Spyderco Military, having a similar size in the hand is completely different.
The clip on the Emerson CQC-13 is fairly tight, but comfortable, black color, opaque, fixed to the handle with three screws under the Phillips-head screwdriver. Seems to be quite reliable, I would even say monumental, a match to the knife. Clips of the drawbacks I would note that it is far from the end of the handle. Because of this knife when wearing pretty much sticking out of your pocket. Although, in General, nothing prevents the manufacturer to move the clip a little further, slightly changing its shape. Clip made neperestavaya that allows you to carry the knife in one position. This can also be attributed to the shortcomings, because I find it difficult to imagine how a Lefty can open the knife with a wave. For those of you who pulls out a knife right hand, this circumstance plays no role.
Concealed carry knife in the city special inconveniences does not cause, in spite of a decent weight. The weight of the knife is 170 grams. For its size the knife turned out heavy, but not too heavy.
Overall reliability of the design in conjunction with a good sharp blade and a system of instant opening make Emerson CQC-13 is quite attractive instance urban tactical knife, not devoid of certain disadvantages. But despite them, the overall impression of the knife is extremely positive.