Why are Emerson knives so expensive???

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  1. deserttactical45

    deserttactical45

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    Hey guys I've noticed a lot of you have Emerson knives and I want to know what is so special about these knives and why are they so expensive? My EDC is a Tops blade that I paid $88 and is the best one I've ever had and is a lot of blade for the buck.
     
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    In my opinion Tops Knives are nothing more than sharpened pry bars made of very common 1095 steel with a big thick nasty coating on them.

    Emerson Knives use better steels such as ATS34 and 154CM. They have quite the cult following due to the fact that they were the original "tactical folders" starting with the famed CQC6 and a few earlier prototypes. I don't believe the two brands make a "apples to apples" comparison honestly.

    Sub $100 knives are what I would consider entry level for a decent knife.
     

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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    To me "tactical" folding knife is just silly. You want to get into a knife fight? Bring a big ass knife.
     
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    Quality and they've been around a long time and have developed a following. If you're into custom knives, like I am, it's fun to try to scout out the up and coming makers before they take off in popularity.
     
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    Quality. While I don't have an Emerson knife I do have a Benchmade. The step up in quality from sub $100 knives is considerable.
     
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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    While this may be true Emerson was/is on the leading edge of this sort or marketing and they've been quite successful.
     
  7. Mayhem like Me

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    A few reasons:
    Design, name , materials , workmanship and name.

    The overall marketing and customer service costs of getting an emerson knife to you as pretty high.

    They are well made, known quantity knife from pretty good materials.

    Some of the designs make sense, some don't, pick what works for you.

    Chisel grinds on a working pocket knife are a really bad idea, yet people love the CQC7, I even have one, but dont carry it much for general purpose cutting, It has turned into a last ditch defense tool for me.

    ZT is making some darn nice folders now for everyday carry.
     
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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Don't get me wrong, Emerson makes good blades but every time I hear "tactical folding knife", I can't help but bust out :rofl:

    I was ready to take on the whole Soviet Army with this bad mamajama.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I don't know, I've carried a CQC-7 through 3 deployments, and about 10 years as a general duty work knife. And it's done everything I've ever needed. Never had an issue with the chisel grind.

    I did upgrade to a CQC-7V with the more traditional blade design but its no better than the old one.


    Also, they were IIRC the designer of the "wave " opening feature, which makes one handed opening lightning fast/and the ease is unparalleled. I can have it out, and open faster than you can draw a auto and open the blade.
     
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    I like the quality of my Emerson. I think I would find the same quality in a benchmade knife as well, but they dont have the one feature I got the Emerson for-The Wave. I dont think ill ever need the wave feature for a sd situation, but its nice to have for everyday tasks that require a knife.
     
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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    No doubt :supergrin:

    If I had to fight with a knife I wanted the longest pointiest knife I can find and then I'd run away screaming like a little girl :rofl:
     
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    Which model would you guys recommend? Why is the chisel grind bad?
     
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    SC Tiger As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

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    Honestly I haven't found anything that one of my Kershaw's won't do, or my Leatherman Freestyle.
     
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    Hard to go wrong with the classic. The CQC-7 in your choice of blades.
     
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    $88 for a TOPS, good lawd that's a lot a money, they got folders at the 7-11 for 5 bucks.
     
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    My EDC is a CQC-10. It is a great knife, excellent quality. It still feels as solid as the day I got it, and I have been carrying it every day for over a year now. At first I didn't want to carry it all the time because it was expensive, (I think I paid $160 used), but I realized that I paid for it so I might as well use it! It has been indispensable.
     
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    The chisel grind isn't bad, but not always the best for fine cutting. That doesn't bother me though as I'm generally not doing fine cutting.

    I own over 20 production Emerson knives. Each for different reasons, mostly because I liked the design. Some are duplicates, and smaller or larger versions or limited editions. Which one you choose will largely be based on personal preference. Blade style and handle ergonomics would play a big factor in your decision. I'd try to find a local shop that has several you can handle.

    Barring that, maybe a Commander or CQC8 or a mini version if you want a smaller knife.
     
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    Chisel grind does nothing well except chisel stuff.

    making long cuts the knife pulls one direction.


    Chisel grind can be made sharp , but not as strong as a convex (saber) or other grinds.
     
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    They are rugged, my CQC7 was picked up in the late 90's and it's still going strong.

    For slicing a FFG will beat out a chisel grind any day of the week however.

    Emerson makes some fine knives and they command a premium. Bottom line.

    [​IMG]
     
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