Hollow verse Flat grind, Which do you like?

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OK, Lot's of pro's and con's on Hollow verse Flat grinds! Without getting into an argument on which is better or worse, which do you like better?

I put my vote for Hollow grind.
 
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Flat. Most of my cuts are going all the way through something and I get a smoother cut and less resistance with a flat.
 
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CJ

I used to be a flat grind nut!

After thinking about it while and some testing this is my take now.

On folders I like a LARGE hollow grind.
I went to a 14 in wheel. This gives me a full width hollow grind that is semi flat. It adds strength being a bigger wheel.

On big knives I like flat!



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I like them both and if done right they both work very well. Even like the full convex grind alot too.
 
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Flat Grind. I usually carry 3" blades and flat seem to cut better on general utility stuff that I use it for...Ed.
 
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I like both. I prefer aflat grind for deep cutting, and a hollow grind for everything else. Just my opinion, for what it's worth.
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Hollow grind. I've got one of Darrel's hollow ground Apogees, and it handles slicing chores with laser beam-like efficiency. Seems to allow for a more precise edge when it comes time to resharpen- or maybe that's just my impression.

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Both -

Like everything else about a blade, it depends on the intended use.

My personal pref, other than for skinning, is a flat ground.
 
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Hollow for precision cuts, flat for all-around utility, choppers, etc. I like the looks of hollow ground blades.

K.
 

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I too prefer a flat grind for most cutting chores. But a hollow grind does seem to take a slightly keener edge, so I can see it being better for cuts that don't penetrate up to spine depth. I also like convex grinds, but that's a whole 'nother story.
 
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Most hollow grinds are sabre grinds. For a general-use folder, if it's between a sabre-grind hollow or sabre-grind flat, I'll almost always pick the hollow. But my fave overall is usually a full flat grind. If you're going to do a flat grind, do it all the way to the spine; if the grind only goes a little ways up the blade, you gotta go with hollow.

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That depends on the size and end use of the knife.

If its a small util knife that will mostly be for cutting thin objects, or opening boxes ect... then I'd prefer a hollow grind.

Larger blade for slicing through stuff, or chopping....Flat.

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I'd have to agree with Darrel Ralph. A large, or high hollow grind. Looks sexy, and aids in keeping the narrow profile for a sharp edge througout the life of the knife when sharpened excessively.

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I used to insist that all my single edged knives knives have flat grinds and still try to when I know the knife is going to see heavy use. Then I ran into knives that were hollow ground with a big wheel (what Darrel said).

I am sold on them on some smaller fixed and large or small folder designs.

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