CQ is the signature used since the beginning of the 20th century by Camilo Quintana to "mark" his Asturian pocket knives. Camilo made cutlery in the Pardiñas workshop, although he had been born in A Veiga da Sarza, where he learned the trade of “ferreiro de mazo” from his father, Manuel Quintana. Up to 7 generations we can document the Quintana family dedicated to working iron, from approximately the year 1700.
In 1995 Juan Carlos Quintana started a new workshop, also in Pardiñas, to make pocket knives and knives, using the signature of his great-grandfather (CQ) to mark his products. Currently the CQ Taramundi team is made up of Juan Carlos Quintana, José Manuel Cerdeira, Elvira Rodríguez and Erico Martínez. In 2001 José Manuel Cerdeira joined the workshop, first as an apprentice and later as a cutler. In July 2009 Elvira Rodríguez joined. Elvira is in charge of the decoration and finishes. In July 2016, he began training as a cutler Erico Martínez. Since March 2017, he has already made his first pieces ready to market.