The Kershaw Emerson Designed Black CQC-3K Knife features a modified tanto blade for slicing and punching capability. This is a smaller tanto with an under-three-inch blade. Black-oxide coating protects the blade and makes it non-reflective, too. A textured G-10 front scale in basic black offers a secure grip. The handle back is stainless steel with black-oxide coating. The handle is strongly contoured to fit securely in the palm of the hand. For a safe and solid blade lock up, the CQC-3K has a frame lock. The CQC-3K is a manual opener using either the thumb disk or the patented Emerson “wave shaped feature.”
This opening feature enables the knife to be opened as it is removed from the pocket. By the time the knife has been fully withdrawn from the pocket, the blade is deployed and ready for use. A small wave-shaped tab on the top of the blade is built to catch on the pocket seam, opening the knife as it comes out of the pocket. This instant-open feature is a favorite among military, rescue and law enforcement knife users. The pocketclip is reversible for left- or right-handed carry.