Serrated or not???

Serrated or not???

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    Serrated or not???

    I am interested in a Ka-Bar TDI fixed blade for SD only. Opinions on whether to get serrated or non-serrated blade.


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    Re: Serrated or not???

    I picked up a half-serrated, half-not serrated TDI a while back for SD. I bought the blade style I did just in case I ever forgot my folder and needed to open/cut something. Since I carry it solely for self-defense (hope I never have to us it), I would buy a fully-serrated blade if I could do it over again.
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    Most recommend the non-serrated and say that the serrations may snag on clothing etc...

    I recently picked up a TDI in combo edge (half and half) and noticed that the serrations are of a unique design...

    They are canted toward the tip of the blade and rounded also.

    So if it is used in a slicing motion (as opposed to a straight thrust/stab) then I don't really see how the serrations would snag...

    If used in a thrust motion... the way that the blade lines up with the forearm would provide sufficient force to overcome the resistance of most clothing (denim, etc.)

    Just IMHO and FWIW...

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    If I will be using a knife to cut line, rope, cord, straps or anything of that nature I like serrated. For everything else I prefer a regular blade. Half serrated ends up clipped to my pocket most often.
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    Also...

    I only intend to use the TDI for SD/sidearm retention purposes...

    I carry it weak side.

    There's a SOG Trident that I carry strong side that I use for my everyday blade needs.

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    I like half-serrated/half-non. Serrations really make a mess of some things like paper (I use my knife to open letters), but are incredibly good at cutting rope/straps, etc. So the half/half lets me use the non-serrated part to open up envelopes, and the serrations give me fast, extra cutting power. If you're going to with serrations, make sure you have the tools to sharpen them properly.
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    My rafting rescue knife is the only knife I own with serrations. My TDI is a large plain edge it is just a personal choice.

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    like Stevew and Betty, i recommend serrations if you frequently cut things like rope or cord. i rarely do, so virtually all of my knives have straight cutting edges. my only serrated knife is an old Spyderco Co-pilot, which only has 1-3/4" of cutting edge.

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    I knives keep my knives very sharp with a stone but the thought of using that technique of sharpening seems like it would leave dull spots on the valleys of the serration. How do you guys keep a keen edge on a serrated knife?

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    I'm not a knife guy but I'm fully qualified to answer your question as I have stayed
    at that famous motel chain, and I've read, "Knife fighting, a practical course, by Janich."

    I think I'd choose one without serrations. And I'd also choose to never get in a knife
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    My Ka-Bar is 1/2 & 1/2...I do not use it for cutting anything...only carried as an emergency knife.
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    I've had half-serrated blades, as well as some plain-edge blades. The serrations have their place, but generally I personally find the plain-edge to be more commonly useful, given my uses for the blade. I typically need to cut boxes, tape, occasional cloth, some twine, rarely rope, and very rarely anything else. (Smaller folder for SD and daily use, here.)

    Up to you. Depends on what you need it to cut and how effectively you feel that type of blade edge cuts those things.
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    straight edge, I'm not a fan of serrated just because I'm not particularly good at sharpening a serrated blade. However for a sd knife, especially one such as the tdi that is meant to stab and not slash straight is all you need.
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    Serrated or not???

    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    I've had half-serrated blades, as well as some plain-edge blades. The serrations have their place, but generally I personally find the plain-edge to be more commonly useful, given my uses for the blade. I typically need to cut boxes, tape, occasional cloth, some twine, rarely rope, and very rarely anything else. (Smaller folder for SD and daily use, here.)

    Up to you. Depends on what you need it to cut and how effectively you feel that type of blade edge cuts those things.
    I agree. I have some half serrated blades but generally I found that they didn't see any more practical use than my plain edged blades; add the fact that they are harder to maintain and I just can't see much reason to carry one.


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