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Your preference. Serrated or not?

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by sandyc, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. sandyc

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    Do you prefer partial serrated blades or a smooth blade on a quality folding knife? And why??? Thanks
     
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  3. XshooterX

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    Much prefer no serrations. I have never found a use for them on a folder and they just make it more tedious to sharpen and more difficult to cut thick rope without snagging threads on them. That being said, my go to daily carry is a commander with serrations :)


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  4. Kentguy

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    sandyc,

    I prefer a non-serrated blade in a folding knife, mainly because of the use I need in a folding knife. General cutting and nothing heavy in terms of work, all around camp or around the house type uses.

    For a serrated blade I use that type of blade for sawing, stripping tougher than normal coatings, bark, wire, etc. I prefer that in a longer fixed blade and of course good quality steel.
     
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  5. Non serrated.

    However, I have one CRKT folder that has a special serration pattern so it wont snag...its the best knife Ive ever used for cutting rope.
     
  6. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    Not, by far. I no longer gave any serrated blades.
     
  7. bdcochran

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    Serrated, with an explanation.

    I have little occasion to use a folder. This translates into wanting flexibility and versatility in a folder.

    Whether it is cutting rope, opening a package, or a similar endeavor, I try to use the proper tool and take the time to go get it. It helps to be retired and not under stress to do cutting in a hurry.
     
  8. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

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    Plain edge but a serrated edge does work better for cutting tubing/hose and a couple of other areas.
    Plain edge is easier for sharpening in my opinion.
     
  9. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

    EDC utility = plain edge for ease of sharpening.

    SD carry = serrated or 50/50

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  10. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

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    DEFINITELY NOT JOKING! (Modern law enforcement at its best!) :thumbsup:

    Anyone who doesn't know how to sharpen a serrated edge is missing half the fun (and all of the utility) of owning a carry knife. I switch so often between cutting soft items like rope, string, and cardboard that - no matter how sharp - a straight edge would be a lot less useful to me.

    If you're fleshing fish or game, or peeling an apple, a straight edge is fine; but, if you're trying to slice through clothing a serrated edge can really come into it's own. All of my EDC's are partially serrated blades.

    Any of the popular round diamond knife sharpeners will do a decent job of sharpening a serrated edge. Fortuitously, though, these edges don't require sharpening very often.
     
  11. RetailNinja

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    Non serrated. I have a SAK with a saw if I need teeth.
     
  12. WayaX

    WayaX Lifetime Member

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    Most of my carry knives are partially serrated. They're there if I need them. If I don't, they don't hurt anything.
     
  13. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    Depends on what I'm doing.

    In or on the water I wanted a fully serrated knife because I'll most likely be cutting ropes. Serrations provide for ~10% more cutting edge and the teeth bite into fibrous material better than a plain edge.

    My EDC's are typically plain edge and excel in slicing and push cutting. Much more suited to fine precise cuts than a serrated edge.

    Right tool for the job and all.
     
  14. Leigh

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    Interesting test completed a number of years ago by the magazine, Tactial Knives.

    The experiemt involved two identical knives (both new out of the box, one serrated, one plain-edged). The test medium was pvc pipe (bone), foam rubber/duct tape (flesh) and denim (clothing).

    After multiple strikes and slashes, the plain edged blade was declared the better of the two.

    Not in any way scientific but sharp is sharp, regardless of blade type.
     
  15. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    Try cutting a zip tie with a plain edge and then a serrated edge and get back to us :)

    Each edge has distinct advantages.
     
  16. TK-421

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    I carry a plain, non-serrated edge, because it's easier to sharpen, and I don't need a serrated edge. All I really do with a knife is cut tape on packages or similar stuff. Everything I do can be done just as easily with a plain edge as with a serrated edge. So I stick with a plain edge for ease of sharpening.
     
  17. Leigh

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    Agreed. However, the above-mentioned test/experiement was an illustration on the practicality of one edge type over another in the context (I would guess, considering the test medium used) of self defense.

    That said, I prefer plain for 90% of my own tasks.
     
  18. sandyc

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    Thanks for the replies. I use a folding knife continuously through the day. I've had expensive as well as cheap knives and all were smooth bladed. I bought a really cheap serrated blade and I can't believe how much easier it is to cut with. I've just ordered a new SOG Twist XL partial serrated. I'll see how that stands up to all the torture I'll put it through. Lots of good info and remarks, thanks.