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25 Years – The Emerson CQC-7


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The knife that started it all. There are many like it, but none compare to the original, real deal.


The CQC-7, short for Close Quarters Combat Knife 7, is a renowned tactical folding knife designed by Ernest Emerson, American custom knifemaker, martial artist, edged-weapons expert, and a prominent figure in the knife-making community.  The history of the CQC-7 dates back to the late 1980s when Emerson began designing knives for military and law enforcement use. The CQC-7 was one of his earliest and most successful designs and quickly gained popularity among military personnel and law enforcement officers due to its ruggedness, functionality, and reliability in combat situations.

The design philosophy behind the CQC-7 revolves around its effectiveness in close-quarters combat scenarios. It features a sturdy blade typically made from high-quality steel, with a tanto-style point that excels at piercing and stabbing. The blade is complemented by a robust handle constructed with G-10 handles and titanium liners,  providing a secure grip even in wet or adverse conditions. Additionally, the knife incorporates Emerson's patented Wave feature, a small hook on the spine of the blade that allows for rapid one-handed deployment as the knife is drawn from a pocket.

Over the years, the CQC-7 has undergone several iterations, with various blade shapes, handle materials, and enhancements to suit the evolving needs of users. It has become a staple in the tactical knife market and has influenced the design of numerous other folding knives. The CQC-7's reputation for durability, functionality, and Emerson's dedication to quality craftsmanship have solidified its status as an iconic and highly sought-after tool for professionals and enthusiasts alike in the realm of tactical edged weapons.


The CQC-7 Love/Hate Knife Affair

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Why do some love it and some not so much? I'll give you my best analysis of what I've come to understand about it over the years. The first and most obvious thing people would mention when they saw a CQC-7 for the first time was, "Wow, that's different." Well,…

The CQC-7 design part two.

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In the last installment we discussed the Design Concepts behind the design of the CQC-7 Model. So now let’s get on with the mechanics of the CQC-7 Knife Blade Design. One of the requirements of the blade was that it needed to penetrate Kevlar and soft body armor. Being quite…

The CQC-7 design – Not just another pretty knife.

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Why it is the way it is. Well, let's start with this. First off, the CQC-7 is a knife, nothing more. Simply, it had to do everything a knife must do. It has to cut, slice, chop, and stab. It had to be a size that will fit in your…

Emerson Knives Iconic CQC-7 Tactical Knife

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It all started like this. First there was the CQC-6, and then there was the CQC-7. In fact, if I had not developed the CQC-6 model, there would never have been the CQC-7. And I'm not just talking about the numerical sequence. I had developed the CQC-6 knife at the request…
Emerson Knives CQC-7 Flipper

Size Matters

Mini CQC-7BW

Overall Length 7.2 in.
Blade Length 2.9 in.


Overall Length 8.0 in.
Blade Length 3.3 in.

Super CQC-7BW

Overall Length 9.15 in.
Blade Length 3.78 in.

The Variations


Spear Point


Tanto Point

Chisel Ground

As with all Emerson Knife Models, the CQC-7 features our classic chisel grind. The front side of the blade is beveled and sharpened to perfection and features a flat backside. This is our interpretation of an age old tool that performs brilliantly.

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Whether you are looking for an everyday carry that fits comfortably in the pocket, or a trustworthy tactical knife that will prove its worth in the field of combat, the Emerson CQC-7BW has a size that will fit your needs. The CQC-7BW has proven to be one of our most popular everyday carry tactical models to date.

Desert Series

The CQC-7V

The CQC-7V is a double V-Ground version of the Emerson CQC-7B. This beauty features striking, coarse, tan G-10 handles holding a dramatic stonewashed or black finish and a CQC-7 blade that is precisely ground on both sides, front and back, giving you a razor sharp cutting machine.

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The Flipper 7


Otherwise known as the Flipper 7, the CQC-7F is the latest evolution in the life of the Emerson CQC-7 Series. Featuring Ball-Bearings allowing for a lightning fast and smooth deployment. Just like the Emerson Sheepdog, the Flipper 7 features three opening methods: Wave Out, Thumb Out and Flip Out. Rapidly increasing in popularity, these bad boys go in and out of stock often.

Now offered in both 154CM and S35VN Blade Steel

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