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Dear Friends,

As some of you might be aware of I am getting ready to publish 4 books this spring and I have been on a real writing binge. And there are actually 4 more books in various stages that I'm working on as time permits.

But, I had an idea. I want to write a book about the Emerson CQC-7®, which for the time being will be called The Emerson CQC-7 Book Project. Actually, I want YOU to write it. The Emerson CQC-7® has been in existence since 1994. It is a knife that changed the cutlery industry forever and has earned its reputation as a “legend knife.” And it is still the flagship design of the Emerson Knife company. It has become known as the “father” of the tactical knife.

Now, I know the history of the CQC-7 but only you know the stories. So what I want to do is to ask you to write down and submit your stories of the CQC-7. It can be anything from, “I pried open the door of the burning vehicle to, the lady behind the counter handed me the knife and the receipt and now she's my wife.” I know that there are stories that are interesting, humorous and even heroic, I would like to hear them all. For example, I know of one where a police officer lost his knife in a tussle on the ground and found his knife 2 years later when he went back and checked under a bush at the scene. That's a cool story. I know that there are plenty of combat stories also.

Your CQC-7 story can be about any CQC-7, even the old Benchmade versions, the HD-7, the Super 7, the CQC-7V and “A” blades etc., any and all the “7” family should be in this book.

I know you've all got stories. It can even be just about what the knife means to you, perhaps it was a present from a loved one or a father that carries a special meaning. I want to hear your story. Everyone wants to hear your story. You can change the names or dates if you need to for various reasons, but in the book I want to put your name behind each story so you can say, that's me, when you show off the book.

We'll also include a section for the “pimpers” that are out there and for those of you that have customized your own 7's, so be sure to get those pictures to us as well.

Now, I can't guarantee that we will publish every story but we'll do our best to get yours in. And I don't care if its 10 sentences or 10 pages long. Just try to email it to us so we don't have to retype a handwritten copy. But, if that's all you've got, we'll take that too.

Wait, there's more.

When we get to the end, I am going to put all the names who have submitted their stories into a pot and draw out a name. The winner will get a custom, handmade CQC-7 knife made by me to commemorate the story of the legendary Emerson CQC-7.

So there is my carrot. We'll publish the book, I'll build the knife, all you need to do is send in your story to I'm not asking you to be a part of the Emerson history, you created the Emerson history. Let's let the world know. So start putting your story down on paper and let's get the ball rolling!

Some rules to note for The Emerson CQC-7® Book Project:

  • When you send in your story be sure you include your contact information and agree to the form or we won't be able to use your story.
  • You will need to agree to a release for publication that you can download here: Without this form, we cannot publish your story.
  • Your images will need to be at least 300 dpi (high resolution for print)
  • Send your story to

My Best Regards,
Ernest Emerson




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