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danhorntx
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Jul 6, 2018
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Received my CQC-6K in the mail yesterday. Let me start out by saying this is a great knife for the price and I'm very happy with my purchase. That being said there are a few things I noticed with the piece I received, most of them are no surprise given this price point.
Knife Design - Very simple, it just works. The wave feature is a really cool feature (I've got a few Spyderco knives that have it as well). The knife feels good in the hand and has a nice thumb ramp coming off the wave with aggressive jimping that makes for a solid grip. You can't really choke up on this knife, but that is neither here nor there. Just an observation. The pocket clip is pretty standard. It is not a deep carry clip but it doesn't create any unusual hot spots while gripping the knife either.
Blade Centering/Action - Blade centering on my knife favors the show side slightly. I tried adjusting it but once the blade was perfectly centered the knife became extremely difficult to open. The action is a little stiff either way, I tried speeding up the break in process by leaving it open over night but the detent is still a little too stiff for my taste. While its possible to open with a middle finger flick or a thumb disk flick it requires a little more effort than it should. I added some blue lube which helped marginally, hoping this just breaks in with time. The wave opening feature (which will be primarily how I deploy the knife anyways) opens reliably every time I draw the knife from my pocket. No complaints there.
Fit/Finish - Its a sub $30 knife so you can't expect too much in this department. That being said, it feels heavy and beefy. This may be a negative to some who prefer EDC items to be light but on the other hand it makes the knife feel very solid. I don't know about you but I buy cheaper knives like this with the intention of being harder on them than I would on one of my more expensive knives (sort of backwards I know). That being said, the weight doesn't bother me if it means the knife will stand up to abuse a little longer. The blade lock up is rock solid. It doesn't budge a bit in any direction. Hopefully it stays that way after some hard use but only time will tell. Kershaw did a great job of making this feel like a more expensive knife than it is.
Blade Steel - Who cares. It came surprisingly sharp out of the box and it will be easy to sharpen/maintain. I don't pay much attention to steel on anything less than $70 because they are all relatively crappy.
Again I'm very happy with my purchase overall and these were just some nitpicks. If I were spending $80-150 on this knife I'd be upset about a few of these things but its hard to criticize a knife by these standards in the $25-50 price range.
Jul 6, 2018
danhorntx
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I would also like to mention that for the drop I recently took part in I did receive the knife in a nice box, not a blister pack. It came with some literature and 3 extra screws for the pocket clip.
Jul 6, 2018
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