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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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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.
5 out of 5
Feb 12, 2011
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Handle Feel, None
Small version really Great
The ideal knife for everyone who needs a smaller, lighter, more concealable knife than the standard-sized Emersons. You might lose a tiny bit on handle-size of course, but you get the same great no-nonsense quality in a smaller package. Have been EDCing this one for 1 1/2 years and it never got in the way or was noticed too much by people who shouldn't know about its presence.
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