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Emerson Horseman Mini CQC-8 Folding Knife 3.54" Black Plain Blade with Wave, G10 Handles - HRSM-BT

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Part Number: EMHORSEBT
Manufacturer: Emerson Knives
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EMHORSEBT: Horseman - Black Plain Edge
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We all know how important a knife is when you’re working around a farm and livestock. In regard to horses, a strong sharp knife is not an option, it is essential. Every cowboy knows that his knife is his lifejacket. When something goes wrong with livestock, it goes wrong fast. A knife is generally the only thing that will get you out of a wreck with your life.

So, Emerson did their research and found that the knife design most suited to the purpose was a scaled down version of the CQC-8. This Mini-CQC-8 still has all of the aggressiveness of the Full Size 8 but is more pocket friendly for someone on Horseback.

  • Handle: G-10
  • Blade: 154 CM
  • Finish: Black
  • Overall Length: 8.35 in.
  • Blade Length: 3.54 in.
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125 in.
  • Hardness: 57-59 RC
  • Made in USA
154CM Stainless Steel
154CM Stainless Steel
A premium American stainless steel with great all around characteristics of toughness and corrosion resistance.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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David V
Woodstock, Ga
Aug 06, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Out of the four Emersons I own, this has the best feel in the hand of any of them. That may change soon though, if what Mr. Emerson says about the ETAK is true, since I have recently ordered one. That said, this knife feels great in the hand. The shape of the handles combined with the texture of the G10 makes for a grip that you know you can't lose. Fit and finish are excellent. Extremely sharp and no blade play at all. No lock stick. Out of the four Emerson's I own, this is probably the most practical one. I love the shape of the blade and the size and ergonomics are about perfect for EDC. This is the second Emerson I ordered with the black blade finish, and I love it. Will probably get the black on any that I order from now on. Just seems to fit the knife better, in my opinion. I've read some reviews where people complained of quality issues, but that must have been with some of the older knives, because with my four, I've had nothing but excellent build quality. Lockup is at about twenty percent. This is my favorite Emerson, so far. Like I read in another review though, buying these just makes you want more. They are built to be used, and used hard, try one and I don't think you'll be disappointed. Thanks to Emerson for another great knife, and thanks to Knife Center for being the best place to buy great knives out there. There is no place I have found that does a better job than Knife Center.
5 out of 5
Jan 03, 2012
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
EDC with a big bite
Works great as an EDC blade, not so good in the kitchen. It came very sharp and should be a good defensive knife - as my left hand can attest, it cuts deep and long with very little effort and just a tiny helping of idiocy. A bit slow deploying with the thumb-disk, but fantastic out of the pocket. Locking is solid; the liner is thick and digs in at the centre of the blade. Ergonomics and balance - just superb. For its size and materials, I think of it as fairly light.This may have to do with the blade which is rather economical with the use of steel while (probably) having plenty to get the job done. Only problem with this knife is that now I want a CQC8 - oh, well, realistically, the Horseman will have more time in my pocket that its daddy.
5 out of 5
Dec 19, 2011
Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Pocket Clip
Great addition to my EDC rotation
I don't use knives often, but I do enjoy EDCing a nice folder. I've owned folders worth up to $850 and while the more expensive customs can be fun to have, I've found the ~$150 range has one of the best balances of cost, quality and design in the industry for folders. In this price range I like many brands, but am partial to Spydercos because of how practical and utility-focused the designs are. Emersons have very attractive designs in general, but their production knives tend to be on the slightly expensive side next to comparable folders in consideration of quality and materials. The Horseman however seems fairly priced for an Emerson, so I thought it would be worth a shot to give it a try. Knife Center did a great job in making sure I got a quality folder. The blade came centered and the lock up was early. The ergonomics are very comfortable. The G-10 was fairly aggressive, but I just rubbed the scales on an old pair of jeans until the texture smoothed just enough to not tear apart my pockets in my nicer pants. I like to buy $100+ jeans, so protecting the pocket is important for me. Usage: The blade didn't seem to work too well in breaking down the box the knife was shipped in. I'm used to using my Spyderco Military and Paramilitary 2 and the full flat grind works great. Compared to those knives, the flat-saber grind on the Horseman didn't fair too well. Don't get me wrong, it worked well enough. But it wasn't nearly as smooth and the full flat grinds on my Spydercos. The Horseman surprisingly didn't do too bad on tomatoes and sausages, however. Sharpening 154cm is kind of a relief. I sharpen freehand with ceramics and there's a very noticeable difference between 154cm and the newer steels, even S30V. I enjoy the ease of sharpening that 154cm brings. I don't care too much about super long edge retention. They can be a pain in the ass to sharpen if you let them get too dull. Anything from a nicely heat treated 440C (sometimes even AUS-8A) or better is fine for me. All in all, I'm very happy with my purchase. I bought the Horseman to add variety to my daily rotation. I'm comfortable with Emerson's liner lock for emergency situations. The wave feature is always nice to have. The ergos are great on the knife. I'm sure it would work admirably in the rare case that I might need it in some emergency situation. Don't fall for the hype of all the latest and greatest never-get-dull-because-it-has-a-300-HRC steels. 154cm is a fine steel.
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