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Messed up my new Emerson

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by bladeboss, Jul 4, 2017.

  1. bladeboss


    Mar 6, 2012

    I finally bought myself an Emerson!
    A CQC-7BW.
    Bought it "moderately" used while on vacation.
    It's got some scratches on the clip, a chip or two on the scales, and a chip near the beginning of the Tanto.
    Well centered with no play at all.
    I've never owned a chisel-grind before, or an Emerson.
    Got home, figured I'd try to fix the chip.
    I figured I could handle it.

    Well..... When I went to sharpen it, I went to use the same angle I normally use on all my other knives. (I freehand).
    Lo and behold, I was WAY too acute, and scratched the HELL out of the Tanto.
    The grind lines aren't exactly perfect either.

    So...my question.
    Would you:
    A-Not care whatsoever
    B-Not care and use it "differently" (Harder use, maybe as a beater)
    C-Send it to Ernie and pay for a new blade
    D-Use some sort of magic to fix the scratches
    duffman0500 likes this.
  2. adamlau


    Oct 13, 2002
    Um...Why not just freehand out the scratches?
    jbmonkey likes this.
  3. bladeboss


    Mar 6, 2012
    Not sure what you mean. The scratches go FAR beyond the secondary. How is that possible?
  4. extrastout

    extrastout Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    I would take scotch bright and pull it over the problem toward the edge until it blends. Then try to work the edge again. If this doesn"t give you the results you want....send it in....or beat on it. I would not work the primary grind on a stone, might cause more problems than you want, judging from your sharpening attempt. At least you gave it the old school try, as far as sharpening (its all cosmetic in the end)! Just keep working at it...live and learn, you will get better
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2017
    bladeboss likes this.
  5. Old Biker

    Old Biker

    Sep 25, 2016
    Did you buy the knife to use, or to look at? If you bought it to look at better send it in and get it fixed. If you bought it to use, then use it. There is nothing there that will keep it from cutting just fine. Years from now that will just be one of many small marks that make it not just a knife, but "Your Knife".

  6. bladeboss


    Mar 6, 2012
    Thanks for the kind words.
    I'm obviously not fantastic at sharpening, but it's not very often that I screw up a knife. Only other one I messed up was my beater Adamas, and I DEFINITELY wasnt being careful with that one. :D
    I'm thinking about that scotch brite idea.
  7. bladeboss


    Mar 6, 2012
    Bought to use
  8. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    Well, it sounds like cosmetic damage annoys you like it does me. I don't mind normal wear and tear so much, but damage like that drives me nuts.
  9. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    The scratches are no big deal. but the edge/bevel looks like it is all over the place. You might contact one of the professional sharpeners on the forum. I doubt you have to go with a new blade.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2017
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  10. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
    If it bothers you, get a re grind on the blade. There's a few guys here that do great work. The knife is worth a regrind. But its just cosmetic so you could use it and let time and wear sort things out for you.
  11. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
    Also try sharpening the blade at around 25-28 degrees. I sometimes go 30
  12. dalefuller

    dalefuller Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Cheaper than a new blade would be to send it to Josh at REK to reset the secondary bevel to a nice, crisp line. He can probably buff out the scratches at the same time. Send him a pic and get his advice on it.
    palonej likes this.
  13. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Emersons are users. Don't worry about it. That said, I wish Ernie would switch to a better steel -- even CPM-154. Or CTS-XHP.
    John_0917 and jeepin like this.
  14. Gaston444


    Oct 1, 2014
    Send it to RazorEdgeKnives, you'll be amazed.

    30 degree per side is no edge at all...

    JohnI likes this.
  15. gonebad395

    gonebad395 Ironworker!

    May 19, 2015
    You bought it to use it so just think of it this way you started the character a user will eventually have right out the gate
    palonej and Dadpool like this.
  16. colubrid

    colubrid Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 26, 2005
    I love it when I get a nice big ugly scratch on a blade. Do you know why? Because then I can actually use it. Turns out the more scratches the blade gets the more I like it and use it . Ever get a nice new car and when you finally make a crease in the car you stop worrying abouyt parking next to folks at the supermarket parking lot? Then you stop worrying about the car and stop waxing it every weekend .

    That is why you see so many perfect unused knives for sale on the exchange. I had a Shiro I loved but could not get myself to use it. So I sold it. But for me it was the prefect knife and only if I would have done something like you did with your Emerson I

    Sometimes these things happening can be a blessing in disguise.

    So my answer is use it!
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2017
  17. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Emersons are best used not looked at. I get great joy out of using my Emerson cqc7 it is just such a tough awesome knife.

    It's up to you, its your knife. One of my favourite knives to use is a cqc7 that I learned to sharpen on.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2017
  18. Wharn

    Wharn Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Emersons are meant to be used so I say just use and enjoy it.
  19. Shaggy


    Jan 30, 2012
    Agreed: send it to REK! :thumbsup:
    Mo2 likes this.
  20. BK14


    Sep 13, 2016
    In my opinion, as long as the edge is as sharp as you're happy with, use the crap out of it! Emersons, as others have said, shine under use, and have an ethos of hard use ability over cosmetic concern. So enjoy it!

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