serations suck

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  1. flashcan556


    Aug 31, 2019
    why do so many otherwise good knives get ruined by this half serated fad?
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  2. craytab


    Jan 26, 2012
    Not a fad. Been around for a while. Average knife users don't sharpen like the should. Serrations will stay sharp longer. These knives obviously sell or manufacturers wouldn't make them.

    I love the serrations on my spyderco salt blades. I don't think they "suck" at all.
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  3. GermanyChris


    Feb 18, 2015
    I like half serrations
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  4. uxo2

    uxo2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    Spyderco Salts in H1 Excel in serrated.
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  5. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    I've heard that properly done serrations are easier to live with. Unfortunately, a lot of companies think serrations need to look like the mouth of some predatory fish.

    If you're cutting rope and other very fibrous materials, serrations are you friend. For your average, everyday mix of paper and plastic cutting, not so much.

    ESEE takes a different approach to the serrations on their RAT series, which are supposed to snag and drag less.
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  6. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    I’ve got a couple that are partially serrated. They serve a purpose. I’ve also found that most knives can be bought with either a plain edge or serrated in the same model. That in itself leaves a buyer with choices which is a good thing.

    What knife only comes in a serrated edge ??
  7. Grateful

    Grateful Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 5, 2002
    Fully serrated Spyderco’s are pretty nice
  8. flashcan556


    Aug 31, 2019
    ive never had a task that made me say, "damn this knife holds a superior edge but i sure wish half the usable cutting surface looked and snagged like a cheap steak knife."
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  9. jacksterp

    jacksterp Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Got some partially serrated and fully serrated.

    Enjoy them both.
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  10. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    i find the half serrations to be not long enough to be efficient. same is true with the normal edge on a half and half knife. i think they should be either one or the other.
  11. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Platinum Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    Serrations are great in the right situation, like cutting rope. I’m sure with some practice, you’d get used to it.

    Also, do we know you?...something seems familiar.
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  12. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    I always felt the wrong half was serated and the wrong half regular.
  13. Sedit


    Oct 18, 2018
    my thoughts exactly

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  14. flashcan556


    Aug 31, 2019
    maybe im not indiana jones rope bridge cutting enough. just seems a niche use to me...whittling ,box cutting , defense, package opening, skinning, gutting,etc...nearly none of my edc tasks require a saw. if i needed a saw id bring a saw.
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  15. flashcan556


    Aug 31, 2019
    hold on mr badguy while i saw on you a minute or two, lol.
  16. flashcan556


    Aug 31, 2019
    dont yhink so, never had an account here til super recently. benn on here researching steel types.
  17. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    The only ones I have that I like are a dexter Russel rope knife. Fully serated cuts cardboard like crazy and never gets dull. The other one I like is a Leatherman Wave. Two blades one regular one fully serated. Best of both worlds. Gives you a chance to see which one works better in which circumstance.
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  18. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Don't know, but another good positive to my switch over to traditionals.
    A lot of modern folders I liked I could only find in partially serrated blades, and I absolutely hated them with their partially serrated blades.

    I've got one partially serrated knife which is the sog seal pup, I can use the knife no problem but would rather it was all plain edge.
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  19. Chronovore

    Chronovore Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 29, 2019
    Serrations let you use your knife like a saw. As others have pointed out, this can be helpful when you need to get through certain types of material. It can also help a less sharp knife to cut, which can be a real benefit in certain situations. Chances are, most of us are familiar with these benefits from the steak and bread knives in our kitchens.

    Partial serrations split the difference. Yes, there are cases where this just means having half of what you need. Sure, it can look "tacticool". I carried knives like this back in the 1990s and I'd occasionally find utility in the design.

    For my daily EDC tasks, I don't have much need for serrations.
  20. NWPilgrim


    Aug 1, 2019
    I think serrations are over used just to look cool. But they are definitely superior for cutting medium-heavy ropes, nets or other coarse fiber material. I prefer a sharp plain edge for 90% of what I need to cut. But I did just order a full SE Salt just for things like boating. I would definitely want a partially SE on a dive knife or if I worked with a lot of rigging, or as a backup rescue cutter for Fire/EMT.
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