Stitches, Bandages, or Super Glue?

If, like myself, you frequently enjoy trampling in forests and repeatedly hitting trees with sharp slabs of steel, at one point or another you’re going to get a cut or two. Many of these will be no more than scrapes, tiny love bites from recently acquired folding knives or nature’s little reminders of the adventures you’ve had together. Other cuts, however, will be much more serious.

In this guide, I lay out the three most typical methods of dealing with minor injuries – stitches, bandages, and super glue – explaining when it is and isn’t appropriate to use them. Note that this guide is not in any way exhaustive. It is rather meant to give a brief overview of typical situations where stitches, bandages, or super glue may be helpful.

Note: If you get a cut and are at unsure of what to do, are worried about possible infection, or are concerned over it for any other reason, don’t hesitate: seek medical help.

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Stitches

Do

  • Any cut larger than 3/4 of an inch should be met with a visit to your local clinic for stitches as longer cuts frequently re-open through everyday activities. The longer the wound is open the higher the chance of infection.
  • If you are capable of stitching yourself up, make sure the area is properly disinfected first, and make sure you use medical grade thread as well as sterile tools. Your environment needs to be sterile as well, otherwise you might have a serious case of infection on your hands.
  • If you are immunocompromised in any way, go straight to a professional: do NOT do this at home.
  • The scalp and the forehead have a lot of blood vessels. As a general rule, cuts on these parts of your body will require stitches to stop blood flow. Likely, you won’t be able to do these stitches for yourself, so it’s a good idea to engage the help of a trusted friend or go straight to a professional. Again, if you do these yourself or let someone else stitch you back up, make sure the environment and equipment used is medical grade and sterile.
  • Needles + excess adrenaline tend to provide a perfect storm for accidents to turn into even bigger accidents. If you’re not sure about doing stitches yourself or getting a friend to do them for you, go to a professional.

Don’t

  • Don’t get stitches if you have been bitten by a dog or other animal as the risk of infection is high. If you seek professional help, make sure you mention the fact that the cut came from an animal bite. In such a case, the vast majority of doctors would simply bandage the cut and prescribe antibiotics whilst keeping an eye on the healing for signs of infection.
  • Do not use tissue adhesives (frequently used as a replacement/alternative for stitches) on wounds located on parts of your body that move a lot. Areas like the forehead and calf are fine, but the knee or elbow move way too much for tissue adhesives to be effective: the more movement, the more likely the tissue adhesive won’t create a tight seal (like sutures would).

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Bandages

Do

  • Use bandages when facing abrasions instead of lacerations, for example in the case of a scraped knee.
  • Even if you’re only bandaging, always clean the area well by irrigating with clean water, and using some sort of anti-bacterial agent like iodine or alcohol.
  • If you suffered an avulsion, meaning that a large chunk of your skin has been ripped off, be very thorough when cleaning the area. Rush to your local clinic at the first sign of an infection, as infections can be serious.

Don’t

  • Don’t cheap out with dollar store band-aids. There’s a reason the bigger (and much more expensive) brands are still in business: and it’s not just advertising. New advances in bandages feature breathable, yet waterproof material, as well as silver based ointments designed to reduce bacterial infection and encourage accelerated healing. Totally worth the extra few dollars you’d end up paying.
  • Don’t use the same bandage for extended periods of time, as this creates the perfect environment for bacteria to develop. Change your bandages frequently, as you see fit.

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Super Glue

Do

  • Use super glue instead of bandages with shallow lacerations sub 3/4 of an inch in length, but only if the flow of blood is minor. Nicks and light cuts from sharp knives benefit from super glue over the use of band-aids, and usually heal completely overnight.
  • Preferably, buy medical grade super glue like Vetbond. In my personal experience, Krazy Glue works fine also; I’ve had to use it quite a bit with the sheer number of cuts I get from testing out the volume of knives I own.

Don’t

  • Don’t use a whole tub of super glue on your finger just because you got a papercut. Whilst superglue does inhibit bacterial growth, it also stops your skin from being able to breathe. Use as little as possible while still covering the entire cut and ensuring it isn’t likely to come off.
  • Don’t use super glue as the answer for everything. If bleeding is persistent, don’t think more super glue will magically heal you back up. If the cut gets infected, the doctor in charge of cleaning you up will not be impressed with your dubious first aid skills.
  • Don’t ever drown your wound in super glue, I am saying this twice because it bares repeating. It’s a horrible idea. Just enough glue to get the laceration shut.
  • Do not use super glue if the cut might be infected. It’s a terrible idea. All you’d be doing is locking in the infection. If you even remotely suspect your cut might be infected, go see a professional.
  • Don’t use super glue if the cut isn’t clean (i.e. if the cut is jagged or rough, don’t use super glue). If the skin is in any way torn, or if the cut started off as a puncture and then tore away, stitches may be the better option for aesthetic reasons. Super glue is only ideal for small cuts, like those you’d get from a folding knife, as super glue seals the wound quickly, and scars in those cases usually clean up nicely (mine are basically invisible). If your cut is not clean, however, the super glue might not bond the edges of the skin properly, which would typically result in a much larger than necessary scar.

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What have your experiences been like with stitches vs bandages vs superglue? Does anyone regularly use superglue to close up small knife cuts like I do? Let me know in the comments.

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Spyderco Urban Safety Orange G-10 Slip Joint Knife Review

I’ve been asked a few times already why I never seem to carry slip joints. Although I do have a few, they don’t make up a large part of my collection, not because I have anything against slip joints, but because the knives I happen to like coincidentally happen to have locking mechanisms. I am aware that the Spyderco Urban, one of the very few slipjoints I do own, is possibly the least traditional slipjoint ever to be conceived, but since I don’t own any traditional patterns from Case or Great Eastern Cutlery yet, this will have to do as my first slipjoint review. With that said, I find that the Spyderco Urban, being such a modern take on a traditional style, is a fascinating addition to the Spyderco line up.

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The first thing to note besides its lack of a lock is its teensy size. At 89 mm (3.5 inches) long when closed, this is most definitely one of Spyderco’s little big knives: a lot like the Balance or the Dragonfly in that regard.

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Originally, Elise purchased the Urban with the intention of EDC-ing it herself, but for reasons I’ll get into later, she handed it over to me shortly after unpacking it. Even though this knife is far from perfect, I’m glad to have tested it out, as it’s a well designed slipjoint, which helped me to get over my fear of losing my digits with non-locking knives.

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The Spyderco Urban has a really gorgeous 65 mm (2.6 inch) full flat grind Warncliff blade. I have always loved Warncliffs for smaller EDCs, as I find the blade particularly well suited for everyday tasks like cutting up boxes.

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The scales on the Spyderco Urban are quite obviously blaze orange G-10. This really is a love or hate colour (which Elise and I both happen to really love), so I won’t comment much on it except to say that such a loud colour does come in handy when you can’t remember where you’ve placed your knife. It’s especially helpful if you’re on a picnic or hiking, as if you drop your knife in the grass, it likely won’t stay missing for long.

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The wire clip is identical to the one on the Sage 2, and as noted in that review, the clip functions perfectly. The wire clip hugs your pocket nicely without drawing attention to the knife, although with those 3 mm of bright orange G-10 poking out of the pocket, I wouldn’t recommend carrying the knife this way if you’re actually trying to be discreet.

This knife is linerless and very, very pocketable. It literally disappears in your pocket if you aren’t using the clip.

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For those unfamiliar with slipjoints, basically think of a lock back (like the Buck 110), but instead of there being a notch for the lock to drop into, the slip joint simply rests against the tang of blade, exerting enough pressure to keep it open.

The Spyderco Urban is a pretty standard slip joint in terms of “lock” design; however, the tension on the knife is extremely strong. Yes, it’s true that the blade doesn’t lock open, but the knife will in no way close spontaneously by itself, I promise you that.

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I’ve always maintained that in terms of fit and finish, Taiwanese Spydercos have the highest fit and finish, followed by USA Spydercos, and finally Chinese/Japanese made Spydercos.

Now what I’m saying here is not that USA and Chinese/Japanese knives in general have lower fit and finish than Taiwanese knives: not in the least. All I’m saying is that, after owning over 100 Spydercos, I’ve found that there’s some consistency between high fit and finish and which manufacturer Spyderco chooses for a knife. There are of course exceptions to these rules. Some Japanese Spydercos, like the Spyderco Balance, for instance, have perfect fit and finish, but others, like this Urban have quite a few glaring imperfections.

I feel this is important to note, as like many of you I purchased this knife online without seeing it in person. If I had seen the Urban in person first, I may not have bought it. I would go as far as saying that both my Spyderco Tenacious and my Spyderco Resilience blow this knife out of the water in terms of finish. And I really shouldn’t bring the recently reviewed Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K into the picture, as that knife is well above the norm in terms of quality, but by comparison to the CQC-6K, it’s like the Urban was finished by a drunk plumber.

The steel slip joint/backspacer is embarrassingly rough on the inside. I’m not joking: I’ve seen gas stations knives with fewer grind marks. You can spot them at the bottom near the tip. In our photographs its not as evident as in the flesh, but I guarantee, it’s impossible to imagine just how bad it really is.

Of course, you may really not care what the inside of the knife looks like, but for me, with the $100+ price tag on this knife, I just don’t see how this kind of fit and finish is okay.

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The balance is not truly neutral but it matters not, as the Spyderco Urban only weighs 57 grams (2 oz) in total, and has an overall length of 154 mm (6 inches). In real world use, therefore, I’ve never noticed any fatigue as a result of the balance being off neutral.

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The 3 mm (.125 inch) thick VG-10 blade is very nicely ground with a great tapered tip. The Urban is 100% not recommended for hard use, but as a slicer? Excellent. Prying with this tip is really not advised either, as it would take very little lateral pressure for the blade to snap. That’s not a bad thing, however, as this knife was never intended to be used as a pry bar.

The Spyderco Urban also has the perfect amount of jimping on the choil of the blade and on the thumb ramp. I find that Spyderco quite often hits the mark when it comes to jimping, they usually get it to be perfectly functional without it being excessive. Good job here.

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Spyderco’s Urban features a two-stop detent (closed and 90 degree). It’s a great feature for me, but poor Elise simply couldn’t make it work out for her, which is why the Urban joined my collection instead of hers. Although she’s extremely fond of the look and feel of this one, she insisted that it’s just too hard for her to close, even with practice.

I feel that the knife opens relatively smoothly, but it’s hard to gauge, as the slip joint tension is really quite formidable. Personally, I like it, but your tastes may differ. I’d suggest testing it out, if at all possible, prior to purchasing it.

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On my Spyderco Urban, the back end of the slipjoint/backspace was so poorly ground that there is a clearly visible angle. Definitely disappointing. Besides this specific part, however, everything else is very nicely put together, from the blade to the scales.

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Centering is slightly off center, not a big deal but I would have expected better for a knife in this price range.

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Of course, there is no lock to speak of, but I dare say that it’s highly unlikely the Urban will ever fold on you accidentally (not when my wife can barely get it open in the first place). That being said, it does have a generous choil – just in case.

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Saber grip necessitates your fingers being on the choil due to the relatively short handle. It is however pretty comfortable for a light EDC knife. Be advised that it does not have a lanyard hole, so if you want to extend the grip, you’re out of luck.

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Choking up fully on the blade would be great if the knife had a lock. Seeing as this is a slip joint I would advise against it, as your thumb will probably add too much pressure, risking an accidental disengagement of the slipjoint.

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Reverse grip in theory is comfortable, but again this is a non-locking light EDC knife. I would advise against stabbing anything with it.

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Pinch grip is pretty comfy. I’ve used this grip quite a lot on this knife, perfect for trimming the fat off of tenderloins. No issues with the slipjoint disengaging in this grip.

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Interestingly, before using this knife, I thought my main issue with the Spyderco Urban would be with its lack of a lock. When I finally had it, I found out that I really didn’t miss the lock in everyday use. What really disappointed me about this knife was the piss poor finish on the slipjoint and the backspacer. I know I’ve already harped on about it, but it really does urk me because this is not a cheap knife. I’m aware that nothing is perfect, but I own many knives that cost less than $40, many which Spyderco has made (the Tenacious and the Ambitious for example), that would never leave the factory like this. The Urban is two slabs of G-10, a small VG-10 blade and a steel slipjoint. Its not rocket science. At $100+, I am damn well entitled to expect a level of finish above a $40 Spyderco’s range.

Much like the Spyderco Balance, the Urban is, in my opinion, very expensive for what you get. But unlike the Balance, the Urban doesn’t have any truly unique/eccentric design, nor does it have perfect fit and finish. In my opinion, even though Spyderco’s Urban functions well, I would save my money for something else. This definitely isn’t worth the price, not for me.

&& *Note: As I hope you know by now, I make it a point never to shill. I’m not here to sell knives on behalf of knife companies, I’m simply here to share my impressions of a knife with my readers. That means that even though I do hand pick my knives themselves (and I never look forward to disliking a knife I own), still sometimes I end up disappointed, meaning my reviews may sound overly critical when I fixate on the issues I see with a knife. This happens when I feel the knife has “failed” its intended purpose, or failed to be good value at its price point.

The Spyderco Urban is just one of those knives for me. Its low quality finish just doesn’t scream value in the $100+ price range.

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July 2014 EDC Purse Dump

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1. Titanium “Bamboo” Kubaton
2. Google Nexus 4 + Frost Clear i-Blason Slim Fit S Line Flexible Case
3. Spyderco Lum Chinese Folder EDC Knife
4. Ronson Jetlite Butane Torch Lighter

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Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K Clip Point EDC Knife Review

When Kershaw first announced the Emerson collaboration, I was gobsmacked: I couldn’t believe that in a few short months I could purchase a bonafide Emerson design for under $50. Naturally, I was really curious, skeptical even, about what the end result would be. That being said, as soon as the CQC-6K came out of the packaging and into my hands, I’ve gotta say I’ve been in awe. I don’t say this lightly: this knife is the game changer of 2014, and judging by the quickly fluctuating stock levels at Amazon and other online dealers, it seems I am not the only one who thinks so.

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kershaw emerson cqc-6k best edc knife 2014Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K 6034 Clip Point Knife – Amazon

The Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K, like all of the Emerson/Kershaw line of knives, are designed by Emerson, then manufactured by Kershaw, a fact proudly emphasized on the amazing-looking packaging. The Emerson/Kershaw line of knives is more than a collaboration, it’s more like a true partnership, meaning that, in practice, for 30 bucks what you’re getting is a legitimate Emerson design in your hands, just as Ernie Emerson intended.

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When I first picked up the Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K, I was shocked at its heft. Even though it’s an EDC friendly folder, with its blade length scaling in at 8.2 cm (3.25 inches), it weighs in at a not-too-subtle 142 g (5 oz). While this isn’t exactly boat anchor heavy, it’s by no means as light an EDC as I’d expected. I’ll have to admit that pictures make it look deceptively lighter than it really is. That being said, in hand this knife is so well put together that the weight almost makes me feel like quality is behind that heft. Placebo? Maybe, but I still like it.

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A good bulk of the weight comes from the solid stainless steel framelock: a worthy sacrifice of lightness, as the lock up is fantastic.

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This knife, though I’m sure you’ve noticed already, is a true and true Emerson. From a distance, you honestly would never know that the CQC-6K was manufactured by Kershaw: the only giveaway being the Kershaw logo on the other side of the blade. Rarely can a knife look utilitarian and yet be so beautiful at the same time. Ernie Emerson is known for his unique sense of aesthetics, and that’s certainly been passed down to this Kershaw partnership love child. The CQC-6K is clearly worthy of the Emerson name.

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The 8cr13MoV clip point blade features a gorgeous two-tone finish. The hollow-ground section of the blade has a gorgeous heavy stonewash, and the flats are left satin with the grind marks leading away from the tang to the tip. One of the best looking blades in my entire collection, competing with knives at every price range.

Besides the gorgeous blade finish, the knife features a bunch of little quirks that really amp up the appearance and feeling of quality. There’s the perfectly contoured G-10 scales, and the scalloped jimping throughout. There’s also those little Emerson detail touches, like the Emerson skull on the pocket clip, all really bringing home how much care went into this extremely underpriced folder. Not a detail was spared in making this knife. Emerson went all out with the design; just as though they were manufacturing the knife themselves.

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Surprisingly, the balance is not as handle-biased as I would have assumed. No, it isn’t neutral, but after using it for a few weeks, I don’t really notice that anymore.

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As many of you know, my preferred blade grind has always been a nice, lean full flat grind. That makes the Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K an exception for me. However, its hollow ground 2.7 mm (0.11 inch) thick blade is so nicely tapered, I would say it’s more of a saber grind than anything else. It’s not a super slicer, but it’s no slouch either. Though I wouldn’t use it for food preparation, for everyday use? No problem. The 8Cr13MoV blade is holding its edge just fine.

The point is nicely tapered thanks to its swedge. I would say it’s possibly one of the most acute on the market taking into account how beefy the overall knife is. I recently reviewed the CRKT Ripple, and while that has a more needle-like point, the Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K, with its combination of toughness and leanness in all the right places, would make a more effective tactical knife in pretty much all aspects.

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The pocket clip is the stereotypical Emerson one and does not carry deep. This is necessary for use of the Emerson Wave (more on that later).

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Speaking of the hardware, I wouldn’t be surprised if it came straight from the Emerson warehouse. It’s almost identical in style and function to the few Emersons I have handled. Very much utility-oriented with no magic proprietary screw heads (take note Microtech). I could take this knife apart in the field with my Victorinox Swiss Classic if I wanted. Love it.

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When Elise snapped these pictures of the Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K, the centering on the knife was off. After a week of playing with it, it’s now dead center and hasn’t budged since. Seems this knife is magically self-centering. Fit and finish is extremely nice, and if I handled it without seeing the price tag, I would have said it was in the $100+ price range.

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The 4xx series stainless steel frame lock engages with authority. This knife is a 3.25 inch tank. It has zero blade play in either direction. I stabbed it in some 2×6 slabs of wood a few times and checked for lockbar travel or slip, and nothing budged. Kudos Kershaw.

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The CQC-6K’s steel liner and the steel frame lock have zero skeletonizing. No surprises there taking into account its significant weight.

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The thumb disc will never be my favourite method of deployment. I’ve gotta say that I am spoiled by the Spyderhole, but in terms of pure performance it does function very well. Like all Emerson knives you can always remove the thumb disc if you want to. Just unscrew the single Philips head screw.

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The Emerson Wave is truly Ernie Emerson’s legacy to the knife world. Its a thoroughly genius, elegant deployment system that has no moving parts or spring, and yet reliably works using the natural motion of withdrawing your knife from your pocket.

Noticed the hook above the thumb stud? Sure it doubles as a handy ramp for your thumb to rest on, but that’s actually the key to the Emerson Wave.

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As you naturally deploy the knife from its position hanging in your pocket, the hook catches on the pocket lip, opening the blade with lightning speed.

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It should be noted that it does take a little bit of practice to withdraw the knife at the right angle, and you will need to pull the knife out relatively aggressively if you want the lock to engage solidly, but in my experience, it only takes a few minutes of practice to have the Emerson Wave withdrawal down to a fine art. Of course, I need not mention, but the Emerson Wave works perfectly on the Kershaw CQC-6K.

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The beauty of this deployment system is that the blade is out and ready for action in one fluid movement. It’s the ultimate deployment system for tactical purposes if you want to practice with muscle memory in mind whilst not depending on a spring or other mechanical device, like automatic knives, that could fail when you need them most.

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The shots above were staged because when trying to capture the Wave deployment “live,” our super high performance DSLR was not able to catch those in-between moments where the hook catches on the pocket.

The Emerson Wave really is lightning fast. One second the knife’s folded nicely in your pocket, and the next it’s locked open in your hands: ready for action. Fantastic!

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In the almost impossible event that the lock fails, the Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K has no choil. That being said, I’m not at all concerned over this, as the framelock is very well implemented. With its sturdy grind and beefy framelock, this knife is perfectly suited for hard use – I wouldn’t hesitate to push this beauty hard.

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The standard saber grip is wonderful. Any Emersons I have handled in the past have always struck me as having perfect ergonomics. The Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K is no exception. It locks into the palm of your hand seamlessly, with the Wave hook serving as a great resting place for your thumb. Again, very well designed and manufactured. Nice contouring and subtle jimping throughout, and so incredibly comfortable.

I will add that the few Emersons I have handled seemed, in my opinion, to have a superior G-10 texture. The CQC-6K G-10 is grippy, but not as much as an Emerson manufactured knife. Preferences will of course vary, but bare that in mind.

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Choking up on the blade is not ideal. The CQC-6K has no choil, so it obviously was not designed with this in mind. As if it wasn’t evident enough, the hook biting into the flesh of my thumb reinforces that fact.

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In reverse grip, comfort is fantastic. The Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K has a plastic backspacer that sits more or less flush with the scales. While I do wish this knife had the same backspacer as the Kershaw Volt, it would clash with the overall Emerson styling, so I’m not all that disappointed.

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Pinch grip is not ideal. Much like choking up, the CQC-6K was clearly not designed for this grip. Ernie Emerson is often referred to as the father of tactical knives for a reason: this is not your grandpa’s ol’ Case knife.

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The Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K is as irresistible to ants as the Spyderco Sage 2 was to bees… Take a look at that beautiful satin finish on the flat of the blade.

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The Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K is a game changer in the knife industry, not just because of who designed it or the frankly ridiculous low price, but because it really is the whole package as far as EDC knives go. I absolutely love this knife and would argue that, from what I know, this blade beats pretty much every entry- and mid-level knife available in production from absolutely any manufacturer. Period.

If Emerson and Kershaw had decided to price this knife at $100 instead of the $30 it’s usually at, I’d still have bought it and thought it was the best priced folder under the sun. At $30, this knife is a legitimate steal. I really cannot emphasize how good of a buy this is more than to say it’s almost constantly out of stock these days. This is one of the few Chinese made knives I can see being a collectible in the future, and I know I’m probably going to end up purchasing at least half a dozen more of them myself.

An amazing feat of engineering for its entry level price. 1200% recommended. Great job Ernest Emerson, and great job Kershaw. I can’t wait to try more of the Emerson/Kershaw knives out.

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10 Tips for Building a Stockpile on a Budget

Stockpiling can be quite a challenge when finances are tight. Though there is no quick fix to building up the ideal stockpile on a small budget, there are different tricks and techniques you can use that may help you to stretch your bank account a little further than you thought it would go. Follow the tips below that you think will help you best overcome your financial burden if you’ve got to stockpile on a tight budget.

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1. Be realistic about your expectations.

As much as you may want to have a fully stocked bunker that you can live in for 10 years post-apocalypse, chances are, you’re not going to be able to afford all that. Keep your expectations as realistic as possible; don’t go overboard.

2. Prioritize, prioritize.

In line with the fact that you just don’t have the budget to afford everything, it’s wise to keep in mind you should be preparing for the most likely emergency situations first and then expanding your goals once you’ve completed the most urgent ones. You probably don’t need that home electricity generator until you’ve got at least a few months worth of non-perishable survival foods stockpiled first.

3. Make lists: Know what you need and how much before you begin to stockpile.

If you start stockpiling before you’ve got a list going, chances are you’re going to forget something important, or spend valuable money on items you didn’t really need. Make lists and check them twice before making your purchases.

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4. Set clear financial limits on your stockpile expenditure.

It can be easy to go overboard when stockpiling, especially when you first get started, but sometimes making large purchases, even toward a good cause, can be problematic financially. If you have limited funds, it’s probably best to set a budget for your monthly stockpile expenditure early on.

5. Make a calendar.

Knowing what you’re going to purchase next will help you stay on track and on budget.

6. Keep dipping into your stockpile fund? Use a dedicated bank account.

Sometimes just putting the money aside in another bank account will help you to reserve funds for your stockpiling goals.

7. Dedicated bank account double benefit: save money automatically.

If your money doesn’t seem to get the chance to get to that dedicated bank account, think about getting your bank to automate the transaction. If once your paycheque hits your regular savings or chequing account, a certain amount is automatically withdrawn to your stockpile account every month, you’re less likely to fly through that money because you won’t be seeing it in your regular account.

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8. Space out more expensive purchases.

If you space out the expensive purchases, you’ll have time to recoup from large financial investments. Having to buy two expensive items in two consecutive months would likely be daunting on your monetary fund.

9. Don’t dip into your emergency fund: even if you’ll have to take a break stockpiling.

Make sure you always have a good amount of cash stashed away for a rainy day. Don’t dip into this fund for your stockpile: who knows when you might really need that money for an immediate emergency. Take a break from stockpiling for a month or two instead, to replenish your funds. Then start back up again with your stockpile calendar when you’re financially ready.

10. Be ready to make sacrifices when you have to.

You may find that you’ll have to to minimize expensive activities as much as possible in order to have enough to fund your stockpile account. It may be frustrating to stay home while all your friends are at the movies, but your stockpile fund will flourish with that kind of perseverance.

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What other tips can you think of for those trying to build up a stockpile on a budget? Share your advice in the comments.

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