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Definition of "false edge"

Aug 3, 1999
I had been under the impression that a blade has a false edge if some portion of its length near the tip is sharpened on the back as well as the front.

I read, I think on Benchmade's site, that the 710 has a false edge.

I got mine yesterday. Its spine, for about two inches back from the tip, narrows as if toward a cutting edge, so it looks at a glance like there might be a cutting edge there. But there isn't. It just goes from about 3mm or 4mm wide to a bit under 1mm. Is this a false false edge?

Vampire Gerbil: similar to a domestic gerbil, except for the odd accent and little black cape.

Is this a false false edge?

It is a true "false edge". False edges are just that false, and not sharpened. "Sharpened false edges" a sharpened, but then there not really false any more are.

Hope that helps,

Lynn Griffith-Tactical Knifemaker
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says that a false edge is sharpened but does not run the full length of the spine which would be "double edged", of course. An unsharpened suggestion of an edge on the spine is called a "swedge".

I never use the phrase "false edge" because everybody thinks they know what it means and they all disagree. I would like to see the phrase eliminated from the language -- say either "sharpened clip" or "swedge."

-Cougar Allen :{)