The Emerson CQC-6 (also known as the Viper 6) was a custom blade originally developed for SEAL Team 6. Wanting to keep the CQC-6 a custom blade, Ernie Emerson decided to produce the CQC-7 as the production version of that blade. In May of 2011, an Emerson CQC-7 was carried by a Navy SEAL during Operation Neptune Spear—the mission to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden. For those of you wanting to own a piece of knife and military history, pick up an Emerson CQC-7.
Since Emerson Knives started producing the CQC-7 back in 1999, the knife has evolved. While not compromising on materials, they now offer the blade to customers with a few options. You can still get the traditional Tanto-style blade, or you can opt for a more utilitarian drop-point-style blade depending on what you want to use the blade for. You also have the option of a partially serrated blade or a straight blade.
One of the features that Emerson Knives are known for is the ‘wave feature’—allowing you to deploy the blade as you pull it from your pocket. There are pros and cons to this feature, which is why they also offer the CQC-7 without the wave opening feature.
Original 1999 CQC-7 design
The 1999 version of the CQC-7 is the closest you’ll get to the custom CQC-6 blade. The G10 handle material is a bit smoother than other models, and both liners—locking and non-locking—are full titanium. With G10 handle material, full titanium liners, and 154CM bead-blasted steel, this blade is impervious to maritime environments.
2013 OD Green CQC-7
The newer versions of the CQC-7 now come with standoffs instead of a back spacer. This makes assembly easier since there’s no need to line up a spacer. Handle material, blade material, and heat treatment remain the same. After all, why change what’s been proven to work? On the newer model, the locking side is still titanium, but the non-locking side is stainless steel.
- Blade length: 3.3″
- Overall length: 8.0″
2013 Mini CQC-7
The Mini CQC-7 is the ultimate traveling companion. This smaller, pocket-size version, featuring a blade under three inches long, can now be carried discreetly in most regions—national and international. With the Mini, you still get a full-hand grip on the handle, giving you total control of the blade in any condition. My personal Mini CQC-7 is Emerson’s drop-point blade design, which lends itself well to many outdoor and hunting tasks.
- Blade length: 2.9″
- Overall length: 7.2″
If you want to get to know the Emerson Knives CQC-7 design a bit better, check out their article titled “Get To Know Your Knife.” If you are wondering why you should pay the extra money for an Emerson, check out my article, “Emerson Knives…What Makes Them So Great?“