Kershaw Emerson CQC-8K Tanto Liner Lock Knife (3.5" Black) 6044TBLK


  • Black-finished tanto blade made from stainless steel.
  • Thumb disk and Emerson wave opener.
  • Black G-10 handle scale.
  • Secure stainless steel frame lock.
  • Reversible tip-up pocket clip.


Designed by Ernie Emerson, built by Kershaw. The CQC-8K is a compact manual opening knife with a tanto blade that's outfitted with a thumb disk and Emerson's quick wave opening feature. It has a steel frame lock handle with a G-10 front scale.

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Item #BHQ-21429
MSRP: $74.99
Our Price: $49.95
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  • Overall Length: 8.10"
  • Blade Length: 3.50"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.12"
  • Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Finish: Black
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.60"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.51"
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Color: Black
  • Frame/Liner: Steel
  • Weight: 5.40 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Disc
  • Lock Type: Frame Lock
  • Brand: Kershaw
  • Model: CQC-8K
  • Model Number: 6044TBLK
  • Designer: Ernest Emerson
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Best Use: Tactical
  • Product Type: Knife

Customer Reviews

Amazing knife for the money!
Mick S. on Dec 28, 2022

The CQC-8K is a much less expensive, Chinese-made, tactical folder closely resembling the American-made Emerson CQC-7BW. Emerson has a licensing arrangement with Kershaw for their Wave opener design and thumb disc. The fast-opening wave feature functions very well when used with a tip-up, right or left pocket-carry, in an appropriately designed pocket. Before deciding to purchase one of these, you might want to view some online videos that demonstrate how to rapidly deploy the knife using its wave feature. Just like the Emerson CQC-7BW, the Kershaw CQC-8K has a formidable blade design. The knife blade has been upgraded with 8Cr14MoV stainless steel. The blade has a single bevel, a straight, plain edge, and a tanto tip, with a black oxide coating. The knife has also been upgraded with G10 scales on both sides of the handle, and a liner lock. Overall, it is an amazing value.

Badass EDC
Jon V. on Oct 1, 2019

This is my go-to knife for EDC in jeans. The Emerson wave is awesome and with some basic practice you can open it faster than an automatic (don't tell CA). Granted, some pants it doesn't work as smoothly with. Kershaw quality and price. Lost one, replaced it. Broke a second, replaced it.

Exactly what I expected
William O. on Jul 10, 2019

I read a lot about this knife and the features, the one that really sold it was the emerson wave design, only down side was the small letters "china" on the blade.

fantastic value
Mitchell H. on Aug 3, 2015

This is the closest I'll come (for awhile) to a real Emerson, and it is a real winner! Well made, with great materials, and of course a great design! Shaving sharp out of the box, and with great ergonomics, I think this is one of the best values on the market, and at this price, every one should have at least one!

Not a cqc7...
SCOTT K. on Jul 1, 2015

Not a cqc7, but pretty good.. The thin blade slices well. Both sides of the handle have liners and plastic.

You get what you pay for
Bradley G. on Feb 24, 2019

After carrying this knife for three weeks the thumb disk fell off. I think this was probably just bad luck and Kershaw wasn't the most helpful. However for the price I still think its a good knife and I would buy anther one.

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