Well this is my first Emerson knife. I love it. In the past I had heard that sometimes they are "gritty" or the fit and finish are not that great etc. Some people say they are not worth the money. I have to admit that I was very skeptical and I wasn't sure I wanted to pay about $160 for this knife but I said "gotta do it at least once" and so I bought a Satin Finish PE CQC-10.
I love it. Tonight I got home from work and I got it out of the box and put it right in my pocket. At first I noticed the clip was a little too tight but I bent it out a tiny bit, and then ended up bending it out too far. I removed the clip and bent it back a tad and now it's all set. The clip is reinstalled and has blue Loctite on the screw threads now.
I am glad I got the satin finish. I got tired of black finishes and needed to go with just a nice steel color. This is a 2009 model so I don't know if the satin finish is different than the older models or not. I like it though. It reminds me a lot of the stonewashed finish that the Benchmade Doug Ritter grips have.
I have tried about 30 different liner locking knives from most of the major production manufacturers. I have tried many locks and usually I don't like liner locks. I have seen personally every folding lock type fail except one. The Spyderco Compression Lock. Out of all the liner locks I have tried there have been only two knives that would allow me to "white knuckle" the handle and NOT have the lock move or unlock partially. One is a Spyderco Military and the other is this Emerson CQC-10. This is truly a badass knife. This will not be my last Emerson.
It's probably THE most comfortable handle I have ever held. I love the thick G10 slabs. They are just like Spyderco in that they are very grippy and have a nice check pattern to them. The liner lock side liner is thicker than the other side.
The one thing I do think is really genius is the 2nd ball detent on the non-locking side of the knife. You can see it sticking out of the liner a little bit. I think this helps keep the knife closed and also keeps the blade centered.
Really just an awesome knife.
Oh.......and I love the jimping on the finger part of the rear of the handle. Feels great.
I'm going to have to work on taking out of my pocket without waving it open. I don't want to wave it open every time. I'm sure it comes with practice.......like everything else.
I'm sure I'll think of more after I post this but.......I think that's how it goes.