Emerson Knives, Inc. has been building custom knives for the Navy SEALs since its founding in 1979.
This month, Emerson is memorializing the SEALs whose helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Afghanistan on August 5th with a commemorative Emerson CQC-6 combat knife with a blade constructed with steel from the World Trade Center.
The Emerson CQC-6 design has been a sidearm staple for the SEALs since the 1980s. The knife’s letters, CQC, mean “Close Quarter Combat,” and the “6” refers to SEAL Team 6.
According to Ernest Emerson, founder and CEO of Emerson Knives, without the support of the SEALs, the company would not exist. Emerson is showing his gratitude and support by raising money for the families of the members of SEAL Team 6 by auctioning off this memorial knife.
“We built the second blade from steel from the World Trade Center because the reason these guys are in the Afghanistan is because of what happened on September 11th, 2001,” said Emerson. “The SEALs recognize this [design] as ‘their knife.’”
The bidding is currently up over $8,500.