After more than 4 years of hard use, I have not a single complain. I have used the knives as weapons, rescue tools, cutting and prying tools, and lock picking tools (sort of...). The full size CQC-8, with its curved blade, delivers a great cutting surface, while the smaller Mini A-100 dissapears on my pants, or while wearing a suit, yet delivering that extra when needed.
So, after trying many models I settled on these. Why?
CQC-8 and Horseman (Mini -CQC-8)
These are my favorite Emersons. The full size CQC-8 is the best defense knive I own. The shape of both the handle and the blade make this a very easy to handle knife, while delivering good cut and piercing power. Easy to service on the field and with the Emerson Wave Feature, they are great. When I need something smaller, to put on my pocket, or when I need to go slick, the Horseman (mini CQC-8) is my go to.
I had a CQC-7 and a Commander for a while. I liked them both, but some of the features on both models (or lack thereof) bothered me. So, I went for the logical reoplacement, the CQC-15. It combines the cutting power of the Commander with the awesome power of the tanto CQC-7. I went for the Mini version because I needed a sub 4 inches blade. But don't think this doesn't deliver. I use this knife when I need to bring a knife that can perform with everything: defense and utility.
Like I mentioned on the previous review, I was looking for a knife that I can carry while wearing dress pants or a suit. Something with a slim profile but that I could still use as a tool or as an emergency defensive weapon. This turned out to be the perfect knife for this. So much that it has become my normal every day knife for everything. The clean shape, great ergonomics, cutting power and smaller size are just hard to beat.
I was not sold on Karambits for a long time. Then I took some training combining the use of Karambits with Krav Maga. It was great. And now I found the Karambit to be a great weapon. These are not utility knives.
When I was researching Karambits to buy one, people kept on telling about Emerson, and being a fan of his knives, well, it was the logical choice. So, I grabbed one and it's great. That's all I will say.
I usually carry the two below with me on my EDC. The Mini A-100, and the Karambit. I found this combo to be perfect for what I need.