Ernest Emerson tells a story that goes like this:
I was a young knife-maker at a knife show and was approached by some men that represented themselves as “underwater welders” who wanted a knife made to their specs.
The resulting knife was the CQC-6 (CQC is short for Close Quarters Combat) and the men making the request turned out to be Navy SEALs.
Ernest Emerson makes combat knives. Specifically, folding tactical knives. These knives are carried by combat troops around the world. His top selling knife – the CQC-7 – was carried on the mission to “kill or capture” Osama bin Laden. That knife was auctioned in 2013 and the top bidder paid $35,400. The money went to charity.
Every year Emerson builds custom knives and holds an auction and the profits go to charity.
This year two charities will be recognized.
1) Xtreme Couture Gi Foundation – founded my MMA/UFC legend Randy Couture.
2) C.O.P.S., Concerns Of Police Survivors
Randy Couture is a fighting legend. He fought as a heavyweight and light heavyweight and held numerous titles. Randy was the 4th member inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
What you probably don’t know about Randy Couture is that before his storied Octagon career he was Sergeant Couture with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division. That’s right – Randy Couture did 6 years in uniform and now his service continues on through his non-profit.
Couture’s foundation was created “to raise money and awareness for those wounded in action and their families.” It is a small foundation unencumbered by red tape so they money goes to those in need.
Here is what is going to auction:
Knife, Freedom Defender CQC-7 Flipper – Signed by Ernest Emerson and Randy Couture
Jacket, Easy Rider Leather Jacket by Affliction – Custom 100% lambskin leather signed by Ernest Emerson and Randy Couture.
Top: The front of the Freedom Defender CQC-7 Flipper with Ernest Emerson’s signature.
Bottom: The back of the knife with Randy Couture’s signature.
The front and back of the Easy Rider Leather Jacket. The jacket will be custom made for the high bidder.
C.O.P.S. – Concerns Of Police Survivors, is an organization dedicated to the families that lose an officer while on duty. Nearly 160 officers are killed annually and C.O.P.S. is there to help families rebuild their lives. They also offer training to law enforcement agencies to support the aftermath of an officer’s death.
Two “Blue Line” CQC-8 Knives will be available to the public. One equipped with a stonewashed blade and the other a black blade. Each blade was ground by Ernest Emerson and offer custom scales, liners, thumb stud and pocket clip.
These are two great causes that you can support. Rest assured that the money is not going to fundraisers or “executive vice-president” expense accounts. Support the cause if you are able. Share this article with your friends please. The bidding closes Saturday April 29th at 12:00 PM PDT.