Pictures of Emerson/Protech CQC-7


February 6, 2013, 02:19 PM
I purchased this knife a while back. It is an Emerson/Protech (154-CM steel) collaboration, on a fully automatic version of the Emerson CQC-7.

The CQC-7 was made somewhat famous by Richard Marcinko in the "Rogue Warrior" series of Seal books.

The knife fires so quickly that it feels like it almost jumps from your hand.

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Mikhail Weiss
February 6, 2013, 11:50 PM
Nice. I have an old Benchmade version of the Emerson design, in ATS-34 steel. Carried it for a few years before I decided I didn't like tanto blades and chisel edges, but it seems an otherwise good knife. Yet were mine an auto, I might still carry it simply because it would be cool and useful.

February 7, 2013, 04:12 PM
Nice! Do you find the chisel grind affects how you cut things with it?

February 7, 2013, 05:22 PM
I really kind of like the chisel grind. Its able to get really sharp!!

February 7, 2013, 06:27 PM
So the protagonist carries one? Is the series worth reading?

I've carried a CQC-7 standard since 1996. I recently sent it back to Benchmade for a fresh edge and a new belt clip. Didn't cost me a thing.

February 7, 2013, 08:43 PM

The series is full of testosterone. Supposedly a "semi-fictional" autobiographical type of thing. (your call on that)

If memory serves, the actual knife in the series is the CQC-6 (a custom type rig), the CQC-7 was a derivative of this knife.

Guys...feel free to correct me if I'm wrong or missed something here.

Anyhow, the CQC-7 seems to be a hell of a knife.

February 7, 2013, 08:52 PM
I've got an old Emerson made one from the late 90's. I was in a pinch in South America and needed to use it as a screwdriver while out in the mountains of Patagonia and it has a nice ding in the tip. I wonder if it can be salvaged/restored. I'll snap a pic of it later.

February 7, 2013, 08:54 PM
When I sent mine in for sharpening, enough of the tip was missing that you could press it into your finger without harm. When I got it back, there was a new tip, and the angle on the tanto was noticeably different. I bet they can fix yours.

February 7, 2013, 09:01 PM
I guess its not too bad after taking another look at it. It does have some surface rust. This thing has a LOT of miles on it. Sadly, its my second one...the first was stolen from my car when I had it in for service. I think I bought the first one in 1994 or so. ( ( (

February 8, 2013, 02:47 AM
Anyone know if the spearpoint version of this knife is chisel ground or something different?

February 8, 2013, 09:26 AM
Chisel grinds require the user to hold them at a different angle to get a straight cut. It's not that they don't, it's that we have miles of cutting imprinted in our hand/eye coordination and are likely being casual with something that isn't exactly normal.

Having had chisel grinds done on opposite sides, the tendency to steer is just the opposite when compared side to side. It's not bad, just something to get used to, like changing between tip up and tip down carry. The first few times are a little different.

My BM CQC7 has hot spots in the profile that become annoying during the day when you reach into the pocket repeatedly. Emerson later melded those, but the BM isn't. As for autos with a lot of snap, I'm finding the reason is the cost of making a spring that won't take a set over the years. It's common in the auto community to talk about older knives that lose their tension. A good spring well made won't - but knives are made to a price, and the lost profit of having a spring three times more expensive is a temptation difficult to resist. After all - how do you sell another? So expect the spring to lighten up over the years, by then a new style is out, and so is the wallet.

Hence the suggestion to store a switch blade opened and fired, no tension on it.

Some criticize tantos as not having a fine tip, or being less useful, the issue could be said for a lot of knives with a high blunt point. If you wanted a splinter picker, of course it's not the best choice. Prying, it will put up with the abuse better as there is more thickness closer to the point. It punches holes in things better, too.

Most of what a tanto does isn't what I need for EDC, they have a place, but a simple flat ground drop point has more utility overall. Tantos are a purposeful grind, with tendencies better expressed in combative terms, which is where it still has a following.

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