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Old 12-02-2012, 21:53   #1
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Your preference. Serrated or not?

Do you prefer partial serrated blades or a smooth blade on a quality folding knife? And why??? Thanks
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Old 12-02-2012, 22:00   #2
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Not. Personal preference and ease of sharpening.
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Old 12-02-2012, 22:03   #3
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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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Old 12-02-2012, 22:03   #4
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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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Old 12-02-2012, 22:29   #5
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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.
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Not, by far. I no longer gave any serrated blades.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:14   #7
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Non serrated.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:07   #8
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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.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:11   #9
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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.
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EDC utility = plain edge for ease of sharpening.

SD carry = serrated or 50/50

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Old 12-03-2012, 08:41   #11
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EDC utility = plain edge for ease of sharpening.

SD carry = serrated or 50/50

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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.
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Old 12-03-2012, 13:24   #12
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Non serrated. I have a SAK with a saw if I need teeth.
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Old 12-03-2012, 14:04   #13
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Old 12-03-2012, 14:59   #16
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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.
Try cutting a zip tie with a plain edge and then a serrated edge and get back to us

Each edge has distinct advantages.
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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.
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.
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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.
Insert tip of straight edge, apply forward pressure while gently twisting cutting edge away and up from contents of said zip tie.
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Insert tip of straight edge, apply forward pressure while gently twisting cutting edge away and up from contents of said zip tie.
That's a perfect way to roll or chip an edge. A better method is to use the right edge for the job.

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Barring that serrations are much more efficient.
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Here's a good article on the topic from AG Russel.

http://www.agrussell.com/Articles/a/108/
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