Plain edge or Partially serrated

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    Plain edge or Partially serrated

    As some of you may know I have a tactical gear store. I am going to be assuming the role of the traveling salesman. I can not keep every model of every knife I sell in stock or with me. So my question is what do you prefer?

    Do you prefer a partially serrated or plain edge knife for daily carry?

    Drop point or tanto are the main choices of all the blades I sell. So what do you prefer and if you feel like it, why?
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    The knives I carry are meant to be tools. I prefer partially serrated for the times I need to cut something.. rope, cord, a box etc. I also prefer drop point because for me it's easier for slicing packaging.

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    My knife is carried as a self defense tool. Plain edge for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airman View Post
    I prefer partially serrated for the times I need to cut something.. rope, cord, a box etc.
    - Same here. I like the serrated portion for quick cutting. It's much easier to saw through certain types of material than cut it with a straight edge.

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    My knife is carried as a self defense tool. Plain edge for me.
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    For my utility knife I prefer a plain blade and for my SD knife I like the combo. Reason, it is easier for me to sharpen a plain blade. I always carry two knifes.
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    I prefer plain edge knives for the same reason as stevew stated. Easy to sharpen. For my utility daily cutter I go drop point and for my defensive knife I like tanto.
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    I have two knives. I prefer a straight edge for non work carry because I can keep it razor sharp. It will stay razor sharp for a long time if I do not take it to work. I have a Kershaw Leek right now. For work I buy a partialy serated edge. Cutting junk can be very demanding of a knife, and a dull serated edge beats a dull straight edge anyday.
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    You might as well ask which caliber is the best for self defense.


    I have plain edge drop point, plain edge tanto, serrated straight edge, combination drop and straight edge clip point blades. All serve a purpose and all serve them well.

    I will say that I am more likely to pick up a knife that I am not 100% sure of if it is a plain edge drop point over a tanto or serrated flavor.

    Only time (and sales numbers) will tell you which to have available in quantity. It's a trial and error world when it comes to sales.
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    Easy answer. It doesnt matter what individuals prefer. If you need to keep one or the other, keep the partially serrated. It looks cooler, and everyone knows what a plain edge looks like. You can advertise it as "this is the knife, but its also available in a plain edge". Easier that way than trying to describe the serrated edge. I carry both a tanto and drop point, so i'm no help there.

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    I have both. I carry a delica almost daily that is partially serrated. But I prefer a plain edge. It seems to cut easier and is easier to sharpen.

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    Plain edge here. Superior cutting for clothing in SD and easier to maintain.

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    Stright edge. In my experience the serrated edge gets in the way more often than not.

    My knives are tools that serve a secondary role as SD backups.
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    Plain / straight edge here everyday.
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    Partially serrated; it's a dedicated SD tool and that serrated edge makes a difference.
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    I carry a partially serrated Cold Steel Voyager clip point for work and it is used to cut what ever needs cutting.
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