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Endura98 vs. CS Voyager

May 22, 1999
Hi folks. Brand spankin' new here. Love the site. Y'all have me ready to shop and I think I've narrowed down first knife purchase to these two. Would appreciate any feedback. I've also been cruising the knife sites, any favorites? Thanks
I have a 5" voyager, partially serrated tanto point voyager, and an edura 98. I would definately say go with the endura. it is more comfortable to carry, it has a much more useful blade design, it opens easier, and it just feels much better in my hand.
I have had both knives and I agree with Kyle, if this was my first knife purchase I would lean towards the Endura98. I like the Voyager series and have had a bunch of them and they are solid knives for the buck but if you were going to get a clip point blade I like the Endura's blade geometry better. And even though the Endura98's pocket clip can be a little rough on clothing, I just don't like those integrated pocket clips much that Cold Steel uses.

If you were a fan of the tanto blade then that would be a different story since CS makes a nice reinforce tanto point that stands up to a lot of abuse.

Good luck and welcome to the forum!


appreciate the feedback. I think I've decided on the Endura. I'll let you know how it feels when it gets in.
I'll give you some feedback on the companies.

Spyderco is an excellent company, especially when it comes to warranty work or any support after you buy the knife. Cold Steel is exactly the opposite.

As an example, if you send a serrated Spyderco back to the company, they will resharpen it AND refinish it FREE OF CHARGE. On the other hand, if you send a serrated Cold Steel back to the factory, they will not resharpen it, even if you pay them! There is something very wrong with that.

Go with the Spyderco. I have several Spydercos and have used their warranty department/resharpening services and have been very happy.


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That's good to hear Bernie, good customer service earns you loyality (at least from me).
I am wondering about edges - half serrated versus full plain. I have a little experience sharpening plain edged chef's knives but don't know a thing about sharpening serrations. All other previous pocket knives have been basically 'disposibles' from Wally World, used for utility chores and then 86'ed when too dull and/or the tip broke. I will be keeping this one sharp myself - so far the Sharpmaker or Lansky systems look like the easiest, pratically idiot-proof way to take care of this at home. Are the Spydie serrations something you can do yourself with either of the above systems and if so, how steep is the learning curve? Thanks for the help.

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I think you would be better served with the plain edge- it can do anything a serrated edge can do and it is much better for cutting open envelopes and cutting string and such.


I agree with JK. I ma not a fan of serrations, on the whole. Take a look at Joe Talmadge's FAQ at this site on both sharpening and plain vs serrated. You'd be amazed at the slicing ability of a sharp yet rough plainedge.

So, are you from the Promised land (TN) or just a fan of UT?

Take care,


Clay Fleischer

"My redneck past is nipping at my heels..." -BF5

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If you get the serrated blade, get a Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker to go with it. This sharpener can handle both plain and serrated edges, and it's pretty easy to use.

I don't like combination serrated/plain edged knives. I prefer to carry two different knives, one plain and the other serrated. If I have to carry just one knife, I prefer that it be plain. The serrations on a partially serrated blade tend to get in the way, and they effectively shorten the most useful portion of the blade. This is a controversial subject, and opinions differ. Have you read the FAQ's relating to sharpening and the plain vs. serrated debate? They can be accessed through the front page of BladeForums.com

Have fun, and don't cut yourself

David Rock

The first knife I got was an Endura. I've been extremely happy with it ever since. I also agree with some of the views above - serrations tend to get in the way for a general purpose knife.

PS - I hope you realize there's no way the Vols are getting out of the Swamp alive

JP Bullivant
Originally from Memphis. Class of '91. And you're right JP, The Swamp ain't friendly. Used to live in Palatka (the armpit of North Central Florida). But, as usual, the SEC comes down to two words - Beat Florida. We could go 1-11 and I'd be happy. Just beat FL - I wanna see Spurrier throw that damn visor 165 times!

Thanks for all the feedback folks. Very helpful. My first 'real' knife should be here shortly. You realize of course that you've probably gotten me hooked on another expensive passion (sigh). Oh well, it's only $. Just have to go make lots more of it.

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