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The Flipper 7

We just got back from the USN Show in Las Vegas and all I can say is WOW! It's probably the most intense show that I've ever been to. The attendance was massive. Good on you – USN. Heck, Good on us too. Thank you to everyone who attended and especially to all of you who visited our booth and attended the Emerson Lottery.

Well our big secret for the show is a secret no longer. When we got to our booth the first morning just two minutes after the show opened, there were at least 50 people in line to get the new “secret” knife from Emerson Knives.

As you may know we recently built a knife model to the Specs of Lt. Col. David Grossman called the Sheepdog. It was the first flipper knife that we've ever done. As a result I've grown rather fond of the flipper action, so we decided to give it a try on another model. 

The model that we chose was the Emerson CQC-7, the most recognized tactical folding knife of all times. The question that I asked was, would it work on the CQC-7? I think that question was answered when I put the very first one together. Not only did it work, it worked great. With the addition of the GTC bearing system in the pivot position, it is as smooth as silk and fires like a fuel injected dragster right off the starting line.

So with the addition of the flipper opening feature the Flipper CQC-7 knife can be opened with the thumb button, the Emerson Wave Shaped opener and also by activating the flipper. We started calling it the “triple play” version. And an added benefit is the deep guard that is provided by the “flipper” when the knife is deployed, giving added safety stop to prevent your hand from sliding forward onto the blade.

And on top of all of this, the knife just looks cool. When it is open it has the same lines as a shark. Take a look and you'll see what I mean.

The response to the CQC-7 Flipper has been overwhelming. So we're going to make some more, a whole lot more. If you want to own one of these new and improved versions keep an eye on our website and we'll let you know when and where they will be available for you to get one of your own.

Oh, did I forget to mention that the blades of the CQC-7 Flipper are going to be made from S35V?

As a result, that knife became the talk of the show. At the Gathering (GVII) of the USN this year in Las Vegas we introduced the CQC-7 “Flipper”The Flipper 7. The response was a little, shall we say, overwhelming.

I brought thirty and hoped to sell all of them. I could have brought 100. This new knife features a flipper feature and the GTC bearing system making them rock solid and smooth as silk. The CQC-7 is truly the most well known knife we've ever made and I didn't think it could get much better. But, with the flipper and bearing system it's like you just got a supercharger installed on your 67, 350 Camaro.

We are definitely putting this knife into production. And just in time for Christmas. As we get closer to the finish line I'll keep you updated on when, where, and how you'll be able to put the supercharged version of this iconic knife in your pocket.

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The Flip 6


Every once in a while I like to do something completely different. It serves to rattle the brain cells and shake the cob webs out, if you know what I mean. And that is what I did with a very special custom CQC-6. As some of you know we recently attended the G-7 Show, the 7th Gathering of the Usual Suspects Network at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Probably the best knife show that we've ever attended. My wife Mary and I decided that I should build a special Six to bring to the show and donate it to the USN to put it up for an auction to raise money to help run the Usual Suspects Network. I knew it was a special knife. The Emerson custom CQC-6 is one of the most sought after custom knives in history. But this was going to be a real special and unique custom CQC-6. It was the first CQC-6 to use the GTC Bearing System and the first CQC-6 to feature a flipper.

The knife was put up for auction on the USN site and the first bid was $10,000. I really didn't know how special that CQC-6 was really going to be.

I just was informed that the Flip CQC-6 went for $21,000. I guess that there were others who thought the knife was pretty special too. My thanks go out to the winner Charles and all who participated, for your generosity and enthusiasm. I guarantee to the winner Charles that the all of USN thanks you too.

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