This is a discussion on Plain edge or Partially serrated within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by joffe If its a general purpose utility knife then sure, partially serrated. Great for cutting stuff. If it's a dedicated SD knife ...
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I carry a knife as a tool not a weapon, my lock blade is a combo, my multi-tool has a plain knife and full serrated. The serrations will get me out of a seatbelt much faster and if seconds count, I want those seconds, otherwise it's a convenience to have them as an option.
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I carry a SOG X-ray Vision which is partially serrated.
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It varies by length. I like my short knives to have a combo edge (serrations work great for sharpening pencils), and the long knives have a plain edge.
My knives are half and half. I have a few that are plain edge and a few that are partially serrated. Just depends what I feel like taking that day.
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if it is a self defense only knife, then go ahead and go with straight.
if it is multi use, partially serrated to cut things like rope.
plan on it being only for self defense and not have another utility knife on you?
At some point in time, you will wish you hadn't.
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Well I will say it. I cant sharpen a knife for the life of me. I carry a combo. I get buddies to sharpen my knife every once in a while, but I like the serration for when it gets dull. I am probably in the minority in this crowd, but that may be something to think about. Who are you selling to? Will they be as adamant about knife sharpening as others? I have carried both drop and tanto and I would have to say I like the drop best.
Ha 50-50 as of my vote! Guess this poll doesnt help much huh?
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I like them all plain edge.
Only serrated blade I ever kept for more than a few months.
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I don't carry a knife specifically for tactical reasons. I carry them for work and utility reasons. I have one plain edge knife that I really like, but overall, I prefer the combo edges. I have a small Winchester combo for work, and it's been with me for four years doing the toughest jobs I require of it (you could only imagine). Haven't sharpened it yet since brand new. On the go, I like my Gerber Paraframe with the plain edge....each tool has it's purpose I reckon.
my "tactical " knives are all plain edge if i can help it, easier to sharpen
if i need serrated, i'd go with my multi tool.
I carry a stainless Kershaw Leek serrated every day.
It's not carried for SD but could be used in a pinch.
( FYI - I do have several SD knives )
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Plain edge for me. Always. I HATE semi-serrated blades. There really is not much you can't do with a PROPERLY sharpened plain edge that you can do with a serrated edge.
A serrated knife is NOT a saw. A saw has cutting edges that are as wide or wider than the blade body to cut a kerf (path) for the blade to follow; like plowing a path in snow in front of you so you can walk behind. This way the body of the blade does not bind on whatever you are cutting when you get any deeper than the cutting edge. A serrated knife is NOT wide at the cutting edge; it is tapered to a point like a "Real" knife.
In my opinion, all serrations do on a semi-serrated knife is take up valuable real estate that could be dedicated to a nice, sharp, properly beveled plain edge so you can have a longer slicing stroke.
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