A year later, I still love this knife and carry it frequently. It has some serious scratches, and a year of heavy use plus frequent sharpening have rounded out the belly. It remains a super useful and reliable blade.
Things I like about this knife:
1. The wave opener is fun and functional. I prefer it over assisted openers, it's easily the fastest way to open a folding knife and you don't have to rely on a spring like with AO or auto knives.
2. Reliable, beefy frame lock. A nice chunk of black oxide coated 410 stainless steel makes up the lock side of the handle and locks the blade up strong with a loud click The US made Emerson models with frame locks are rare and expensive, so I was really happy when I learned that 6 of the 8 Kershaw Emerson models featured a frame lock design..
3. Compact and comfortable in the hand. Having hands on the smaller side, this is the perfect size for me. There's jimping everywhere it needs it and nowhere it doesn't. If you have larger hands you might want to consider the bigger knives in the series like the CQC-7K.
4. Easy maintenance. Non-torx screws mean I can adjust the pivot (or take the whole thing apart if I wanted to) using the standard screwdriver bits on my keyring. If you've ever been out anywhere and needed a torx bit you didn't have, it really sucks. Problem solved.
Yes, it's made in China, but if anybody in the knife industry knows how to take a great design and make it well and inexpensively in China, I feel like it's Kershaw. This is one of the most perfect beater knives I've owned.