Kershaw 6034T Emerson CQC-7K Knife

By John Peachey on Tool Reviews

 Kershaw 6034T Emerson CQC-7K Knife

Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen Before!

When I was ready to use the wave shaped feature, I first watched an online how-to video on the Kershaw web site. The designers at Emerson have designed the wave feature with first responders in mind—EMTs, firefighters, police officers, members of the armed forces, and other safety personnel. When done properly, the wave shaped opening feature has the blade open and ready for action immediately after the knife is pulled from your pants pocket. This feature is why the CQC-7K is designed for close quarters combat.

To utilize the wave feature, the Kershaw 6034T Emerson CQC-7K Knife should be secured in your pants pocket with the tip facing down—I found the pocket clip to be very helpful for this. As you pull the knife from your pocket, the wave feature (found directly behind the thumb disk) catches itself on the inside corner seam of your pocket and deploys the blade fully by the time the knife has been withdrawn from the pocket.

I found that it took some practice for me to become fully comfortable with this feature, and that the feature did not work seamlessly on all pant pockets. Denim and heavy fabrics were best for opening the blade because they had a very durable pocket seam to catch the wave on. I would be especially careful when using this feature with more delicate fabrics, like golf shorts or thin cotton pants. While I appreciated the wave feature, it does require the user to exercise more caution and attention since the blade could deploy accidentally if the wave feature caught a seam when removing the knife from your pocket—I actually did this once myself.  With time, I believe I will become as comfortable with this feature as Kershaw’s SpeedSafe technology.

Final Thoughts

After spending several weeks with the Kershaw 6034T CQC-7K knife, I am happy to recommend it those looking for a durable, practical, and attractive EDC knife. This knife demonstrates a very satisfying blend of Kershaw’s meticulous craftsmanship and Emerson’s praiseworthy functionality—it was certainly worthy of the Best Buy Award at the 2014 Blade Show. The Kershaw 6034T CQC-7K knife will be a “necessary accessory” in my pocket going forward.


  • Designed by Emerson, built by Kershaw
  • Blade length: 3.25 inches
  • Closed length: 4.5 inches
  • Overall length: 7.75 inches
  • Weight: 5.1 ounces
  • Steel: 8Cr14MoV, stonewashed and satin finish
  • Handle: Textured G-10, 410 bead-blasted finish back
  • Frame lock
  • Reversible pocket clip
  • Manual opening, thumb disk, or “waved shaped opening feature”

How Much and Where to Buy?

The Kershaw 6034T Emerson Designed CQC-7K Knife sells for $32.00 online here: Kershaw-6034T-Emerson-Designed-CQC-7K

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John Peachey

Writer / Teacher / DIY Enthusiast

John Peachey is a 30-year veteran teacher with a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology. John is passionate about technology and is a big fan of Apple hardware and other techie gadgets. As a homeowner, John enjoys spending time in his workshop and in his yard getting his hands dirty completing DIY projects. For ten years John was the general manager of a swimming and sailing club, responsible for overseeing and maintaining the extensive facilities. In his free time, John enjoys outdoor activities, especially golf, fishing, boating, and biking. John’s love of the outdoors provides him with the time and opportunity to field test and review knives, multi-tools, flashlights, yard tools, and other handy devices. In addition, supporting teachers, students, and friends with technology for more than 20 years has provided him with the experience to advise, evaluate, and integrate technology products into a user’s daily life. Here at A Concord Carpenter, John enjoys reviewing all of these products.

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