A few weeks ago, I finally bit the bullet and got an Emerson CQC7B and fell in love with it instantly, feels great in my hand, love the blade etc etc.
I figured if the standard 7b was so awesome one of the flashier models must be even better so I ordered the commander with serrations and a stone washed blade (and an NSAR). I was pretty excited to get the commander but it just doesn’t feel great in my hand, something about the blade shape, and it’s just too big and aggressive for an EDC. I’m wondering if I’d been happier with an a100 or a CQC8 or 15 or something.
It’s definetly a nice knife but I havnt ended up using it for anything other than playing with while I sit in my chair because it just seems like such overkill for anything I’d do....I guess I knew it would be going into it.
It’s strange, I wanted this knife for about 3 years when I think about it, I was still living in china when I learned about Emerson stuff and the commander was something I often desired over the years, now that I have one, I’m not disappointed I’m just sort of underwhelmed and since I do t plan on getting in a knife fight I’m not sure I need it.
Has anybody felt disappointed by an overkill Emerson or something like that? Maybe a blade you wanted for a long time and finally bought? With this knife, the quality is there, it’s beautiful I just don’t see it getting used as much as my 7b.
At one point I had several Emersons. I carried a CQC-7 for a while. A100 was a nice knife, but definitely a lot blockier/bulkier than I was hoping for from how svelte it looks. Plus it was the least lefty friendly knife they make.
The only one I have left is an Mini Commander. There's nothing Mini about it, it's only marginally smaller than the 7. The Micro Commander was too small, the blade geometry and size just weren't a good combination in my opinion.
For me the M-COM is the way to go if you're a fan of the Commander shape and want to carry one.
I wish I’d gotten an a100 or a
Cqc8 rather than the commander.
I think at times, we seek what we believe to be an ideal design, or model. The Commander was special 20 years ago. I sold both of mine.
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I've had a few Emersons, and my favorite was the Mini-Commander. I've also had the Mini-CQC7BW (I think that's what it was called) and the SOCFK.
FWIW, I ended up selling them and now use Spyderco Delicas pretty much exclusively.
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I think the Mini Commander is just right. I need to carry it more but the Spyderco gets the nod most days.
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I have one Emerson. I forget the model. It is big, a little clunky, and not very refined. It is tough. It was expensive. I haven't bought another. .
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I have a couple Emerson’s and they are tanks though they are so rough textured that they shred my pants and then I don’t wanna carry ‘em.
They are tanks, that’s one thing I love about them, the grips/scales whatever you want to call them can easily be smoothed out so they don’t destroy your clothes. For my the commander just dosent feel great in my hands, that’s all.
In 2014 I bought the "Emerson Mini-CQC-7 Folding Tactical Knife 2.9" Serrated Tanto 154 CM Black Stainless Steel Blade G-10 Handle Black". Not impressed at all, mostly because it was too tight to easily flip open - it's been in the box since I bought it.
Have a Kershaw Blur on me today. Great knife.
FWIW, unless your Emerson is lacking the wave on the blade, it's best opened by design rather than by trying to "flip" it open.
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