The QSE-8 Emmett “Doc” Brown flipper – yet another quality reference from the pop-culture-happy naming gurus at QTRM5TR Knives – is a collaboration project between the company and designer Austin Weiss. The final product retains a rock-solid construction while easing away from the rather bulking, tank-like structure of other Quartermaster models.
The modified wharncliffe blade is three-point-seven inch long and made from CPM 154 stainless steel with either a Texas Tea stonewash or limo tint finish. Its slim, tapered look took some getting used to, especially coming from a company like Quartermaster, but I’ve started to appreciate the understated and utilitarian design.
The action on this thing is crazy fast thanks to the nice-sized flipper feature and smooth movement along the ORB pivot system. Combine that with a great titanium frame lock and you have a knife that is a real joy to open and close. Total weight is just over four-and-a-half ounces, giving the knife a solid level of portability.
Overall, the QSE-8 “Doc” Brown is a nice addition to the Quartermaster line up, and probably my single favorite design from them so far.
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