Thanks - very informative thread. I like the looks of swedge grounds like that found on the Case Select series; however, they make sharpening on my beloved Lansky jig almost impossible, so I have learned to avoid them ...
I understand the reasoning here, and realize many folks out there want this. I have never agreed though, and even as a kid I modified my factory knives to make the swedge go all the way to the very tip. Mainly because of another nice reason for the swedge- to make the tip much sharper and pointier for piercing and poking. I even sharpened it (just last few millimeters so it was still protected when folded) so it was essentially double edged right at the end.
When the main edge gets worn enough to make the swedge look funny, that also means the edge/tip area has gotten too thick, so I'd regrind the blade, or at least the tip area on my stones to restore it. Maybe not everyone would do that, but it's important to me.
Brilliant tutorial, Kerry. I learned so much. I was searching the online Oxford English Dictionaries for the definition of a swedge ("Scottish informal: A fight or brawl. Origin: Perhaps related to dialect swag, ‘sway heavily’"). I should have checked Bladeforums first.