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Posted: 9/21/2005 10:50:42 AM EDT
Do you prefer a plain edge, serrated or a 50/50 combo ??
If you're good at sharpening and keep a plain edge good and sharp, do you need a serrated edge ?
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:51:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/21/2005 10:53:15 AM EDT by efpeter]

I like to be able to saw away at stuff with the serrated edge. The smooth edge stays clean and sharp for other things.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:51:53 AM EDT
When available, combo.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:52:16 AM EDT
I too prefer a combo.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:53:29 AM EDT
plain edge, but my current one is 50/50
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:53:33 AM EDT
like hawkbills....

like serated, like plain..

sheese carry a couple of each...
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:53:57 AM EDT
Combo for me as well.

Serrated adds more of a sawing affect, for different applications.

Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:54:35 AM EDT
I prefer plain edge.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:55:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/21/2005 10:55:50 AM EDT by mjohn3006]

Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:55:30 AM EDT
50/50 for me too, more applications with the same tool. Plus I think it looks better
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:57:02 AM EDT
Plain edge unless is a Spyderco Rescue or Matriarch...
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:57:23 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:57:54 AM EDT

Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:58:08 AM EDT
I prefer a plain V edge with a large belly. I do not care for chisel edges or tanto points such as the CRKT M16. They work for what they are but are not ideal or my taste.

That being said I'm carrying an S30V chisel edge surefire alpha fighter right now. It is a chisel edge but it has a huge belly and great edge retention. As with every other surefire product I've had, it works like it should and hasnt let me down yet.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:58:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 10:58:29 AM EDT

Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:00:17 AM EDT
Plain and sharp.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:00:26 AM EDT
i'll wait for the poll (aka "pole")!

combo for me...
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:02:59 AM EDT
Serrations are for girls who can't sharpen or who don't buy good enough steel.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:06:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:


As you wish

The reason I posted this topic is because the other day I was cutting some berber carpet with a carpet knife. It was a new blade but did a poor job. I pulled my Emerson (plain edge) from my pocket and it sliced right through, very easy.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:07:41 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:10:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/21/2005 11:10:47 AM EDT by fizassist]
For a day-to-day utility knife, definitely a combo edge. For one you might want to stick in someonesomething, a tanto (CRKT M16, for example).
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:13:01 AM EDT
It depends on what you will be cutting. My around the house/yard/beat the heck out of utility knife is a Spyderco Native III with a combo edge. The serrated edge is good for cutting through wood, thick plants etc., plain edge is much better for paper, cardboard, screens etc.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:16:14 AM EDT
Emerson: 1, Carpet: 0
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:17:14 AM EDT
I would prefer combo, but there is usually too much serration on most combo blades. I only need enough serration to "get it started", and then a normal blade is faster. 80/20 or even 90/10 would work for me, if I could find one. Most of my knives have a plain edge.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:17:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/21/2005 11:21:50 AM EDT by Zaphod]

Get both!

Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:18:34 AM EDT
I prefer plain, but I do a lot of sharpening
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:19:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Zaphod:

Get both!

That only works if you have two knives.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:22:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By LHD:

Originally Posted By Zaphod:

Get both!

That only works if you have two knives.


Picky, picky, picky!

Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:24:52 AM EDT
I carry two when I 'm at work one serrated [for cutting boxs] and a plain blade for everything else. Serrated edges are for cutting stuff let rope, boxes etc that will dull a plain edges, 50/50 is a compromize and IMO just doesn't give you enough of either.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:25:20 AM EDT
Plain or Combo.

They both get the job done.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:27:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Zaphod:

Originally Posted By LHD:

Originally Posted By Zaphod:

Get both!

That only works if you have two knives.


Picky, picky, picky!

I'm from another planet. Seriously! You want to see my spaceship?
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:29:29 AM EDT

I spent several years looking for the Benchmade I got right now.

Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:31:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/21/2005 11:41:15 AM EDT by prk]
Plain edge, though I do have one regular combo and some for canoeing that might be considered "chisel edge" as they are totally flat on one side.

Now they are both double edged, and also have serrations. One is serrated on both edges, and the other (my favorite) is serrated on one edge and not on the other. So technically you might say that edge is chisel-edged.

[minor highjacking]
Any of you who like chisel-edged, which side is the edge on? There's a little controversy about most manufacturers putting the edge on the wrong side.

Let me put in a shameless plug for two of my favorite makers:



Did I mention my passion for high-carbon steel?

BTW, I love to spend an evening sharpening edges freehand. The only guides I've used are:

1)an older one from Buck (a crappy one for the most part, only partly due to their blade designs).

2) and one I was given that has the plastic clamp with slotted ears and the stones that screw onto the rod. That one works surprisingly well though the clamp is awkward.

I don't believe in razor thin edges, except for razors.

Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:32:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/21/2005 11:35:51 AM EDT by Alien]

Originally Posted By Zaphod:

Get both!


+1 I wish I had the M21. I bought the M16, which is still a very good knife. Supposedly the spearhead blade (M21 pictured above) is a little bit better for errr ummmm *cough* stabbing than a tanto (M16). I have the big dog version, so I have a lot of straight edge to work with if need be.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:37:53 AM EDT
I used to use only plain edge knives, kept them sharp, I was happy. I lost a pocket knife this summer and bought a replacement that had a combo edge. I didn't want the serrated edge part, they are a bitch to sharpen. But I felt naked without a knife and it was the only suitable one available.

I have since discovered the utility of the serrated portion of my knife, especially cutting rope. I have re-evaluated my stance and now find the combination edges better for a general utility knife.

I still keep 'em sharp.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:42:39 AM EDT
Only combo edge & I prefer Tanto point
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:45:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By LHD:That only works if you have two knives.

TWO knives? Who would carry JUST TWO knives?
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:46:00 AM EDT

h/w, a light saber would be nice.....
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 11:54:51 AM EDT
plain edge for me, keep it sharp enough to shave with, never needed anything else.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 8:02:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 8:19:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By np50bmg4evr:
plain edge for me, keep it sharp enough to shave with, never needed anything else.

+1. Serrations are handy for rope, or nylon cord, or something similar when you really need the teeth. That said, if you keep your PE sharp enough, it will do the job just as well.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 8:45:54 PM EDT
combo works the best
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 2:55:43 AM EDT
Plain works for me.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 3:06:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 4:37:16 AM EDT
I have a bunch of both combo and plain edges and now that I've discovered diamond stones and learned how to get a good edge on any knife gotta say plain edge .
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 4:53:45 AM EDT
Use the force Luke.......
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 4:58:44 AM EDT
plain. I had a combo one, and still do, but I just bought a new Gerber. it's a little smaller than I wanted but it's a plain edge
might be this one, can't remember what the package said. got it at gander mountain
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 5:10:11 AM EDT
Hi!, My name is Andy. I was a plain blade addict for most of my life. I would sharpen them nearly every night, I had nearly shaved my entire left wrist testing the smooth blades edge. I loved the smooth blade, No stupid serrattions that those that don't know how to sharpen a knife depend on. The smooth slices that that could only be made with a smooth blade. The beautiful uninterupted polished edge that went from the point of the blade and looked just like an extension of my hand.....

Then I lost my knife....I looked for it everywhere, I dove in dumpsters, I begged of people to tell me that they had seen it. I needed it. I felt alone without it....I cried....

Then, during my intervension, My cousin let me use his knife...He had been a smooth bladed addict just like me, but he had been carrying a combo knife for a while and tried to convince me that it was better. I resisted, I did not want to be associated with those troglodytes that can't sharpen a blade...It won't happen.

A benchmade, my cousin had, green, good weight, felt right in my hand , except for those serrations that broke up that beautiful line....I went out and bought a gerber AR3.00 with the combo blade...I just considered it a disposible knife, I had become a troglodyte. But after using for four years, shaprening it just as often as I did my previous knife with it's shiney, single edge, I knew that I would never go back to a plain edged knife. I do still yern for the old days of my plain edged addiction, but now relized that I had been blined by it. I could not see a better way. But the combo edge is a better way.

I don't cry any more....okay, except when I threw my crkt m-16 into a dumpster at work...

Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:08:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MonkeyGrip:
Serrations are for girls who can't sharpen or who don't buy good enough steel.

I used to think the same thing...but dammit, I have found that my working edge lasts a lot longer if I use the serrated for heavy material and leave the plain bit for fine work.

and believe me...I can sharpen a blade.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:18:16 AM EDT
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