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Serrations?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by antipaladin, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    I use my serrated Spyderco Pacific Salt as my yard work knife. The serrations are extremely effective and the steel being rustproof makes cleaning up afterwards much easier. It's also a good size for that sort of thing. Have used it to cut through roots, roof shingles, and pretty much everything else. I find it easy to maintain on the sharpmaker.
     
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  2. AlphaDog86

    AlphaDog86

    290
    Mar 30, 2015
    To me the main disadvantage is re-sharpening
     
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  3. omaha-beenglockin

    omaha-beenglockin

    Oct 22, 2005
    I have plain edged and combo edged knives-----the combo's get carried more---they're just more useful---for ME.
     
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  4. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Count me firmly on the "No serrations" side. I can sharpen a knife quite well and don't have any issues with any materials that some folks are saying are best cut with serrations. Cloth, rope, vines, and so on? Not an issue with a plain edge sharpened by someone who has even a passing familiarity with it.
     
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  5. Bill1170

    Bill1170 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    After sharpening Spyderco’s serrations on my Sharpmaker, I find they cut better than when new. This is because the points get slightly rounded over, which cuts down on them snagging in the cut. The trick is to sharpen by pushing as well as pulling past the corners of the rods. This gets both sides of each scallop sharp.
     
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  6. SteelJunkee

    SteelJunkee Gold Member Gold Member

    877
    May 6, 2018
    I don't like serrations very much but I understand they are better suited for tactical, emergency or rescue knives, that might need to cut security belts, ropes and canvas. Serrated blades have better edge retention for these tasks, I think partial serration are there to help in that way, I don't see much uses to it in a EDC knife because most of the time I need clean cuts and need to whittle some other a plain edge works better for me in general uses.
     
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  7. Owen K.

    Owen K. Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2016
    Disadvantage is they look weird in my opinion and are hard to sharpen. They also catch on things when you might not want them to. Just my mileage. I have 0 blades with serrations however I would choose full serrated over a partial serrated any day if it came to that.
     
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  8. Josh1973

    Josh1973

    32
    Jul 28, 2019
    Call me crazy. But I prefer a fully serrated knife 80% of the time.
     
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  9. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    I’d like to try a backwards partially serated knife. Put the straight edge near the ricasso and the serrations on the belly and up to the tip.
     
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  10. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    I never really cared for serrations but in the world of spearfishing they are king

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  11. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
    :) You are CRAZY (you asked for it ) ! ;)

    :p Me too . Well ...more like maybe 50% of the time . :rolleyes:

    I usually carry a PE along with a fully SE . So that's 50/50 . :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  12. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
    Not "impossible " but certainly a PITA ! Lansky makes a special small "dog bone " sharpener for CS serrations , but not fun to use IMO .

    I much prefer the Spyderco type serrations on a real working knife . Easier to sharpen by far ! :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  13. Josh1973

    Josh1973

    32
    Jul 28, 2019
    That is sweet
     
  14. Josh1973

    Josh1973

    32
    Jul 28, 2019
    Yeah come landscaping with me and open 100 bags of mulch a day and cut vines for 8 hours and see how long a non serrated knife will stay sharp. It won't. I do not have time to sharpen and Steel a blade at work 5 or 6 times a day. Count me firmly on the full serrated side.
     
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  15. Josh1973

    Josh1973

    32
    Jul 28, 2019
    I wonder if anyone ever made a blade like that? You should mention this to some knife companies. Theoretically it makes good sense.
     
  16. TheEdge01

    TheEdge01

    Apr 3, 2015
    Serrated blades have their place. If someone had to frequently cut plastic straps, zip ties, etc then a good serrated edge would come in handy. Actually, I could use another serrated blade in my small collection.
     
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  17. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    I agree :)

    I suppose when your main concern is cutting through 600 pound Dyneema serrations are a good thing
     
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  18. CanadaKnifeGuy

    CanadaKnifeGuy Basic Member Basic Member

    295
    Jan 27, 2019
    Not just spearfishing, anything aquatic where entanglement might be a death sentence.

    Same with rescue from a seatbelt or cutting just about any other manmade fiber or dense material.

    Try cutting 8-12mm rope with a sharp plain Edge, vs a serrated one. Night and day and that can equal life or death.
     
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  19. CanadaKnifeGuy

    CanadaKnifeGuy Basic Member Basic Member

    295
    Jan 27, 2019
    Fishing, cutting out gills, cutting up chum / bait, sailing / boating, surfing, etc

    I've recently bought a couple of the Dexter 3.5" serrated net knife and I'm leaving one on my buddy's boat for both utility and safety.

    Serrations also make short work of cardboard and plastic clamshell packaging, which seems to be everyone's EDC requirement.

    A plain Edge Wharncliffe does also, but this is due to a specialized geometry.

    Compare a Spyderco Salt 2 or Pacific salt.
    Both avail in plain and serrated edge.

    They excel in different areas, for different tasks. Having said that, there's nothing I can think of that the PE can cut that the SE can't... But the opposite isn't true.
     
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  20. Rob72

    Rob72

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    Oct 5, 2005
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