I always heard that serrations were for people who did not know/want to sharpen
Generally I prefer Plain edged knives, but do find serrations useful on occasion. Have been impressed by the serrated blade on original Leatherman WAVE:
Ah...such a timeless debate.
No serrations and no guuuutttt-hooooks.
Serrations are a life-style choice I guess.
I consider serrations a must have on any EDC. For me the EDC folder is primarily an emergency problem solving device. IMO, Spyderco makes the best serrated knives hands down. If you need to have the most cutting power you could possibly carry but are limited to a small EDC then in my opinion nothing compares to a full serrated Spyderco. I have cut things with a serrated Delica that would have taken all day to cut with a plain edge or could not have been cut at all, and we tried both. I will give you just one of many examples. I used to work where we would get bins made of super thick heavy cardboard, I'm talking half inch thick stuff. On occasion we would need to cut holes or remove some material from them. I was able to do this easily with a full serrated Delica, where as plain edge knives simply couldn't touch it. Even a new utility knife was very slow to cut this stuff. I'm not trying to convince anyone here other than to say try it out if you are curious. I can also see the other side because if your tasks never require you to need the extreme cutting power of a full serrated blade then a plain edge is clearly the way to go.
I don't see how one could even argue this... It definitely depends on the job you need your knife to do. Serrations cut thick or hard things much quicker and more efficiently than a plain edge. A well sharpened plain edge can slice through most anything however, maybe not as quickly as serrations, and some tasks require the plain edge for the neater cut. I prefer a combo edge, you never know when those serrations will come in handy!
I find that straight edge knives can do everything a serrated knife can, but a serrated knife cannot do everything a straight edge knife can.
However if it were a pure rescue knife, or last ditch knife I'm all for serrations, but full serrations.
Just my 2cents
I have nothing against either. They each have their place depending on the person and the task.
Typically I carry a plain edge because I tend to encounter tasks where a plain edge has the advantage...at least for me. But recently I started toying with carbidized edges and I am really liking them. Think a plain edge with very, very small serrations. You can still do stuff like whittle wood with it but then it also excels at sawing motions like a serrated knife. I made myself a carbidized Ti model I've been using for maybe 2 months. I have cut through hundreds of feet of cardboard, several piles of fiber rope, use it as my daily chore knife, etc...haven't sharpened it once and it can still whittle wood, slice cardboard, slice meat/tomatoes, and saw through tough to cut stuff. Not a chance in heck you'll shave with it or cleanly cut paper but it still works for daily chores. I'm finding its a good option for people that don't spend much time with sharpening.
At work I use a fully serated military. And when I'm off my main blade will be plain edge (usually). But I always like to have a serated blade with me. So I carry my leather man charge. I think if you have ever really had to use a knife, you will appreciate a fully serated or a combo edge. Just my opinion.
I don't see why people keep debating this... It's just a matter of personal preference.
Serrations are worse at everything than a properly sharpened edge except for one thing: cutting *freshly baked* crusty breads. Which is why the only serrated knife you should own is a bread knife. And make sure it's a very cheap one you don't mind throwing away when it gets too dull (I recommend the Ikea bread knives) because it's not even worth sharpening serrations.
The objection I have against the snagging issue is that I've never really had a serrated knife snag on me unless the edge is fairly dull (there might be a difference in performance between different kinds of serrations here, I use Spyderco serrations). If I had a plain edge that was so dull that an equally dull serrated edge would snag, that plain edge would be so dull that I would have to play the violin with it for quite a while before getting through what I'm cutting, which isn't so safe.
Out of curiosity, have you ever had snagging problems using a really sharp serrated edge and if so in exactly what situations? Also, what kind of serrated edge do you use (brand, model, etc.)?
I went ahead and used my new ZT 0560 at work a few times to cut the ends off of a few worn out nylon slings at work. These slings are three ply, VERY heavy duty!! The toothy edge I put on the knife did way better than I could have imagined a smooth edge would do at cutting these muddy old slings.... at first. After the third set, even the great Elmax was having trouble. I had to finish the job with my combo edge Gerber 06. I must agree that MOST tasks are better accomplished with a properly sharpened smooth edge. Tasks like I had to do this past week..... those serrations really shined.
As for keeping the serrations sharp, I use Spyderco Sharpmaker sticks.
Here is a shot of the serrations on the 06...
If you really want serrations on your ZT 0560, There is a Mr. Veff who offers this service for a reasonable price. Google him.
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