Reviewed 03/25/2011 by H. Stafford
-Price Paid: $90.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year
I picked up a Mini CQC-7 (a 2008 version, as stamped on the blade)on a whim over a year ago and have carried it litterally every day since. The size is perfect for every day carry and its strong as a tank.
The liner lock is thick and perfectly centered; the blade locks open rock solid and there is no play whatsoever. The wave feature works perfectly and I can open the knife as I pull it from my pocket faster than someone else can open an auto.
The blade is thick and the chisel grind is amazingly sharp. I know some people don't like the chisel grind, but once you actually use it you cannot argue with the performance. I have used this knife to stab, cut and pry and it simply keeps on going. The blade is also easy to sharpen and retains its edge very well. As an LEO, I have used the tanto tip to actually stab through doorframes, car window glass and the metal around a metal shed door, among other things. I've used the blade to make tent stakes, clean fish, cut flex cuffs, ropes, seatbelts...you name it, this little knife does it all. The finish of the blade is black and now carries signs of wear such as scratches and wear marks, but overall the finish is very durable. I actually like the way the blade has worn; it gives the knife some personality if you ask me. I also work / live by the ocean where it is salty and humid...but this knife has shown no signs of rust on either the blade or liners (I do clean and lube the knife periodically, but not really consistently, so this shows that the knife's finish is very durable in salty / humid environments that usually play havoc on other knives).
The G-10 handle is grippy and is a good fit in the hand. I added a bit of lanyard to extend the grip, but it really isn't needed. The overall grip size is simply perfect for a moderatly small folder and fits my hand well. I am able to get plenty of purchase on the grip for even extreme cutting or stabbing tasks (as listed in the blade section above).
I am a hard user of knives, and this little knife has exceeded my expectations in every way. It is well worth the money and comes with a lifetime warranty. Like I mentioned before, I hadn't even been interested in the kife at first and just picked it up as a second thought...and it has become my constant companion. You cannot go wrong with this knife.