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Recurves; like them? hate them?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by danbot, Jul 9, 2019.

What is your opinion on recurved blades?

  1. I love 'em!

  2. I hate' em!

  3. I don't really care.

  1. Ironbut

    Ironbut Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    I'm not aware that being a recurve or not ever entered into my decision to buy a knife or not. On the other hand, I own "a few" knives, and this seems to be the only recurve that I have. So.....I dunno':)
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  2. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    I like them, and haven't ever had an issue with sharpening them. I think they're very useful for various tasks. I carried an Emerson Commander for awhile, and still carry a Custom Vindicator, both of which are recurve blades. Wicked sharp, and I've used them to cut food, paper, plenty of other materials. They're easy to maintain, and cut very well, what's not to like?

    As for whoever it was that insinuated that recurves aren't useful, that's an opinion and definitely not a fact.
  3. ridnovir

    ridnovir Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2012
    I do not hate them - but I avoid them like :eek: a plague
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  4. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Thread needs more pics;)

  5. kniferbro

    kniferbro Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 22, 2011
    That Lone Wolf is sweet!
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  6. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Thanks, found that at a hole in the wall knife shop in Vegas at least 10 years ago...always wanted a Paul lock ;)
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  7. theJman


    Sep 2, 2015
    Personally I like a recurve. AAMOF, I like them so much I designed one and had it custom made. Sharpening hasn't been an issue but evenly (key word) stropping takes some practice. For the type of outdoor activities I do they work well.
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  8. CanadaKnifeGuy

    CanadaKnifeGuy Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    What type of outdoor activities??
  9. BenchCo Spydermade

    BenchCo Spydermade

    Feb 10, 2014
    Prefer not to have recurve for most things, but for slicing through meat, I love them.
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  10. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    "dislike" would be more accurate for me.
    I've never found them more useful for any task, and depending on the design they can be a royal regal pain to sharpen on a bench stone.
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  11. lzeplin

    lzeplin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 18, 2012
    I love them!
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  12. Hologram

    Hologram Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2019
    I got a Kershaw Blur in 14C28N a while back and I liked it so much I got another in S30V. No problem sharpening on a Wicked Edge.
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  13. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Ken onion REALLY loves recurves!
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  14. Kaibab270

    Kaibab270 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2019
    My favorite folder is a recurveish blade but then again my lack of fine sharpening skills hates it. I like them but I much prefer a nice drop point or wharncliffe.
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  15. Climb14er


    Dec 16, 2003
    I've got an early production Benchmade 710 M2HS ... my favorite knife! The coated M2 blade is wicked sharp and very easy to sharpen on the Spyderco Sharpmaker. Never noticed any negatives with the recurve design. In fact, it's the last of all the Benchmades I still have and will never sell it as the 710 M2 is a true classic.
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  16. KAEDC

    KAEDC Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    I love how they look, and for my needs I don't have any problems using them, but I don't really go seeking them out either.
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  17. atdegs

    atdegs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 17, 2019
    Not for me. Looks like a very evenly divided poll though.
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  18. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2017
    Functionally I find them very nice but I avoid them like the plague as I don't want to attempt to sharpen them at this time.
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  19. lzeplin

    lzeplin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 18, 2012
    Benchmade 710 slight recurve but it's there.
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  20. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    I'm kind of surprised how evenly divided the poll is, having three options.

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