I'm posting some further comments of mine - that said, I know you haven't seen that post as you haven't been on here in a while, so that's ok and I know that just cause you haven't answered yet, that you're not ignoring this post.
I'm probably going to keep my CQC-8, as it is one sturdy of a knife and I have nothing to say regarding it's lock - I'd feel confident using that knife in a stab - now, don't get me wrong, I don't intend to stab anyone ever - what I'm saying is : for a knife of that price point and a knife that's said to be a combat knife (and it fits that description very well) for the user to feel secure to use it in a stab is to be expected - the reverse would raise a red flag.
On the subject of the Traveler - I really don't know what to think about that knife - by nature, it can't be a defense knife - well sure it could slash and it would deliver a very nasty bite in that regard, but I wouldn't feel confident to use it in a stab - I'm going to be selling that knife - it's just too bad though, because the ergonomics of the handle is super and so is the blade shape - I really like that knife, but the soft and unreliable lock is ruining the whole deal. Now, the lock only becomes unreliable if you think you might use that knife in a stab or in a defense role. But, isn't this the very nature of Emerson knives ? So, I'm getting mixed signals from that knife - a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link. Now, if one carried that knife as an EDC, then that's a whole new ball game.
CQC-7 isn't too bad - I feel relatively confident about how secure the lock feels on that knife and generally speaking, I do like that knife.
So far as the combat karambit goes, it's one of my favorite, but like some have raised before, I have my doubts about the sturdiness of such a needle sharp tip - same would apply to any knife of that type though. Knives aren't that important overall - my point being that there are much more important things in life than knives, but they're fun and useful at once and knife enthusiasts all have a few favorites brands/makers of theirs.
As regards Emerson knives inc.'s email customer service, it seems to me that they only take care or respond to emails they deem deserve an answer - I disagree with that way of running that part of the business and here's why :
Combat karambit retail price at Warriors and Wonders : $199 X 2 : $400
CQC8 retail price at Warriors and Wonders : $199
CQC-7 retail price at Warriors and Wonders : $159
Traveler retail price at Warriors and Wonders : $161
The whole enchilada comes to : $920 cad
Being the person that I know I am, if I owned a company and that someone would spend his hard earned money on my production knives (even if it was just one knife) and emailed my office in order to hear from us on any particular aspect regarding our knives, I'd make it a point to either email him back personally (though sometimes it is impossible, as business owners are expected to be very busy and this is understandable) or at least have my staff email him back on my behalf. If anyone spends nearly $1000 or less for that matter, then I think he deserves ''some'' consideration or respect from the company he's encouraging. I doubt anyone can tell me this makes no sense at all.
The above is something I don't like about Emerson knives. To me (and I'm sure to others) this is telling me that irrelevant of the number of Emerson knives that I've purchased, that my occasional email questions don't deserve to be answered IF I should email regarding something I don't like about any of your knife i.e. what I don't like about the Traveler. I did get email answers from Emerson knives inc., but they've been very inconsistent. The fact that others claim the email service is working like clockwork causes me to think that Emerson Knives are filtering out emails, which they deem don't deserve to be sent a response.
You're entitled to run your business the exact way that you want and I know you're not going to be bothered with losing a few customers and I think that this has to be expected about your business and that of other business owners - the reason for that is simple : we can't please all. However, I think that at the very root of the few issues I've raised in this post, lies a very fundamentally straigthforward principle : respect for those who spend their hard earned dollars on your knives. We're contributing to your business Mr. Emerson, we're contributing to putting food on your plate, it's as simple as that. Now, don't get me wrong, I'd be happy to further contribute to that, but I don't feel I'm getting any incentive to keep on supporting you.
In the end, one either likes your knives or not, but it's not just a simple question of liking your knives or not - that's not the whole story, because I do like your knives, at least many of them. The whole thing has to do with the way I'm being treated as a customer. Whether I buy my knives in Canada or straight from your online store doesn't matter, because some of that money goes into your pocket.
I'm not mad at you, actually I'm very calm writing this, because like I wrote earlier, there are more important things in life than knives, but still this is a hobby of mine that I have invested a good amount of money in nonetheless.
Allow me to harp on the Emerson Traveler : I paid $161 plus taxes for that knife - you can't reasonably come and tell me that I'm being overly demanding when I ask for a knife of that price point to have a strong locking mechanism, which inspires confidence for the user to use in a stab (if need be). I understand that things made in the U.S. cost more to be produced, but still that's no excuse - a knife of that price point, with a thick blade, great handle ergo and overall construction shouldn't come equiped with an iffy locking mechanism - I mean, doesn't this last defeat the whole purpose ?
Furthermore, why would I come here and complain about the Traveler but not about the CQC-8 ? There has to be a reason for that. I'm not one to take some of my time and post on a public forum about things I have nothing to complain about - I'd have to be crazy to do that and I'm not. I don't post about my views on your knives because I want to create upheaval or because I haven't got a life. I post because at the price point and given the specific publicity made about Emerson Knives, they should be all that and no less.
In closing, I just find it to be disappointing, because I do like the design and overall look of your knives, but I don't feel I get minimal respect or recognition as a customer. I'm not going to add any more to this post - if you don't wish to add any comments to it, I'm ok with that - all I want is for you to read it.