It's no secret that I love Emerson Knives. Mr. Emerson makes some of the greatest hard-use knives I've had the chance to try.
One model I've always been curious about was the CQC-8. The 8 has a distinguished history, one that has a lot do to with special warfare in some of the most unforgiving locations in the world (see at the end of the post for links).
Since I already had other knives around the size of the CQC-8 I figured I wouldn't get it, however after tons of people telling me to get one I thought I needed to see.
After some reading I saw that Mr. Emerson also makes a mini CQC-8 called the Horseman. It is essentially the same knife but with a 3.5" blade (the full CQC-8 has a 3.9" blade) and since I always carry a knife in my pocket I figure I'd give this one a try. Having it in my pocket would guarrantee use and abuse. This is dangerous because if I like it... Well, I'd have to get the full size CQC-8... These are not cheap knives...
Anyway, I got one.
I bought the BTS version: black serrated blade. The specs are:
- Overall Length: 8.35"
- Blade Length: 3.54"
- Blade Thickness: 0.125"
- Blade Steel: 154-CM, 57-59 RC
- Closed Length: 4.88"
- Handle Thickness: 0.57"
- Weight: 4.8 oz.
Not a small or light knife, but then again these are knives made to handle hard work.
The blade was designed as a defense weapon first and foremost. Then as a utility knife. The big belly has been great for cutting and the big tip is great as a defense weapon. The handle ergonomics are superb. The knife can be handled with a reverse grip and comfortably as with the front grip. I was surprised by this.
Overall I like this knife. I still prefer the combo between a tanto and a blade like this that comes with my CQC-15 but this knife is sure one of my favorites now.
Some more shots.
Links of interest:
And a comparison between the Horseman, CQC-8, and Super CQC-8