The Emerson CQC-15-BT is a solid and robust folding knife. CQC stands for Close Quarters Combat. Designer Ernest Emerson has a background as a martial arts instructor. The CQC15 also is perfect to use as an EDC.
the Emerson Wave opener
You can open the Emerson CQC-15-BT in two different ways: with the thumb disc on the back of the blade, or with the Emerson Wave. The wave on the back of the blade is characteristic of many Emerson folding knives. This "hook" can be used to open the pocket knife while you take it out of your pocket. When you take the knife out of your pocket, the wave sticks behind the edge of your pocket automatically opening the knife. It can also be used as a bottle opener, which is awesome! Cheers!
The handle is made of G10 which gives a lot of grip. The G10 and the shape of the handle make it feel like the knife almost sticks to your hand. Both with the blade facing up and facing down, the handle provides great grip. Inside the grip there are titanium liners. These keep it pretty low in weight.
The blade of the CQC-15-BT is made of 154CM steel. This type of steel was developed in the 1970s for turbine blades of Jet engines, but is nowadays better known as premium steel for knives. The blade has a regular V-grind, sharpened on one side. According to Emerson it is easier this way to sharpen in the field. It has a black Teflon-coating and in the open position a liner-lock keeps the blade in place.
History of Emerson Knives
The foundation for Emerson Knives as we know it today dates back to 1979, when Ernest Emerson began making custom knives. His background as a soldier and martial arts instructor gave him clear ideas about how a knife should be made. In 1996 Emerson increased his production to have more people be able to work with his knives. He founded Emerson Knives and started producing folding knives and fixed knives on a large scale. Today Emerson Knives is a family business with eye for detail and focus on usage and what the user wants.