Serrated, Plain, or Combo blades. What's the best?

Serrated, Plain, or Combo blades. What's the best?

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    Serrated, Plain, or Combo blades. What's the best?

    Serrated, Plain, or Combo blades. What's the best? Please give an explanation and maybe a quick rundown of your experience.
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    Nothing will cut a soggy, mossy rope like a serrated blade. Since that is one of the many jobs my knife must perform, I need a combo blade.
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    Best for what ???? What is the knife for? A diver needs a very different knife than a wood carver.
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    Best for what ???? What is the knife for? A diver needs a very different knife than a wood carver.
    Ok, maybe I need to be clearer. It's for self defence to be carried by your average CCW person. They have chosen to be a sheepdog and look after the sheep and as such must be able to help in any way that's needed according to the situation. I ask the question from that point of view.

    Quote Originally Posted by obxned View Post
    Nothing will cut a soggy, mossy rope like a serrated blade. Since that is one of the many jobs my knife must perform, I need a combo blade.
    I couldn't afford a real nice one but I did order this one.
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    I have recently had only combo blades. But I have found that I never use the serrations, they just get in the way really. My use is only for everyday things that a knife comes in handy for.
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    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ombo-edge.html

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ain-blade.html

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...serrated+plain

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...serrated+plain

    The type of blade you choose has a lot to do with its intended use. I prefer razor sharp plain edges for SD purposes, but I prefer fully serrated for a car/rescue knife. When it comes to cutting flesh, look at it this way. Steak knives are serrated because they are used to cut against hard ceramic plates that would destroy a fine straight edge - but the chef that cut your steak from the primal used a fine edged chef's knife. Surgeons don't use serrated scalpels, they use a thin, fine razor sharp blade that is disposable (hence, always perfectly sharp). Serrated knives are meant to take abuse and still retain cutting ability. Properly sharpened plain edge knives, IMO, have better cutting ability.

    I personally dislike combo edges - it's the worst of both worlds. The plain part of the blade is where the knife gets the most abuse, and the serrated portion is not long enough to get a good cutting stroke. With that said, I did pick up a Kershaw Storm on clearance from Wal-Mart because it was well made and a great deal at only $21. It is combo edge, but for that price I really don't care and can deal with it. It's not my EDC, though - that is a plain edge, hollow ground Benchmade Griptilian 550HG.

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    Definitley gonna be up to you. I carry a combo just because the serrates are very nice when something is a little tougher to cut. But I also know people who don't like it because the like having the whole blade to cut stuff with. To each his own.

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    Chooie,
    Thanks for the links. I'm search callenged.
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    My work knives, first are usually cheap.. and always a combo edge. Like said, it expands the knives capabilities as far as what its useful for.

    Now, my EDC are almost always Plain blades.. since I use them basically for defense if needed.
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    Buy several and carry them at different times. You will eventually find which knife is for you, then you will also have a nice collection to post pic of on DC.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chooie View Post
    When it comes to cutting flesh, look at it this way. Steak knives are serrated because they are used to cut against hard ceramic plates that would destroy a fine straight edge - but the chef that cut your steak from the primal used a fine edged chef's knife. Surgeons don't use serrated scalpels, they use a thin, fine razor sharp blade that is disposable (hence, always perfectly sharp). Serrated knives are meant to take abuse and still retain cutting ability. Properly sharpened plain edge knives, IMO, have better cutting ability.
    Surgeons and chefs are trying to make a "clean" cut with the knife...hence the finer edge. Take a look at nature if you want to see efficient meat cutters -- sharks, T-Rex, etc. -- all have serrations on their teeth.

    The threads you reference above are good ones (too bad people don't use the search function). My preference is for a combo edge on a 3.5" or longer knife, which gives me good, fine cutting ability with the bulk of the blade and serrations when I need them (see rope mentioned above).

    To the OP, for SD, I'd carry the guns you list, or a cane, baton and taser, before relying on a knife to be a sheepdog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnsonabq View Post

    Ok, maybe I need to be clearer. It's for self defence to be carried by your average CCW person. They have chosen to be a sheepdog and look after the sheep and as such must be able to help in any way that's needed according to the situation. I ask the question from that point of view.

    In that case, the best knife, is a gun!
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    A good pocket knife I think is an excellent choice to add to anyones EDC. Ease of carry and go anywhere ( almost) .Why not have one? If your going to have a knife for SD google ,James Keating, Kelly Worden,Mercop... start there and it will lead you everyhere else...some of the information is very sobering...I carry a Spyderco Chinook 3...great knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alnitak View Post
    Surgeons and chefs are trying to make a "clean" cut with the knife...hence the finer edge. Take a look at nature if you want to see efficient meat cutters -- sharks, T-Rex, etc. -- all have serrations on their teeth.

    The threads you reference above are good ones (too bad people don't use the search function). My preference is for a combo edge on a 3.5" or longer knife, which gives me good, fine cutting ability with the bulk of the blade and serrations when I need them (see rope mentioned above).

    To the OP, for SD, I'd carry the guns you list, or a cane, baton and taser, before relying on a knife to be a sheepdog.
    I don't know about you, but I want my knife to flay flesh with ease and come right out. Sharks continually regenerate their teeth, and human flesh is not the same leathery armor that (I assume) the T-rex had to contend with. I'm not looking to create massive wounds if I'm relying on my knife for SD purposes - I just want to disable the attacker's ability to harm me. Quick, clean targeted cuts to muscles and tendons that will cause the attacker to lose the ability to wield a weapon or give chase, and that's all I care about.

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    unless I knew I'd be cutting a lot of rope or lines of some sort, 9 times out of 10 I'll opt for a plain edge..they can do pretty well at anything as long as their kept sharp enough.
    I do have a few sharp combo and serrated blades around though just in case.
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