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are serrated pocket knives better than not serrated knives?

I would like to know which one lasts longer

Schmidty161 year ago
how would i sharpen my seraited knife
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I, by experience, recommend a normal, straight blade. They're more useful, and you can sharp them, easilly.
LoneWolf3 years ago
Neither of them neccasarily last longer. The serrated edges tend to be usable even when moderately dull, however I think a razor sharp straight edge is a better deal, sharp enough, they can do about anything.
USMCkyle4 years ago
I am a knife nut, and I have spent hundreds of dollars on knifes, and one quick look at serrations I quickly disliked them for several reasons. Pros of a serrated knife. 1) when cutting on a HARD surface like porcelain Only the very tips of serrates will get dull, that is why steak knifes are serrated. 2) If you are skinning the bark off of a branch or something serrates will dig more then a strait edge. 3) Cutting man made materials is easier with them, Rope, nylon, ect. At the moment I cannot think of any more pros, there is more but I just don't know yet. Pros of a straight edge knife. (Also my favorite) I) Straight edge knifes are a very clean cut, I keep my knifes razor sharp so at least mine do. II) You can have more control with a straight edge, useful if making a shelter, or making a spear, or even prepping food. III) If you are going for self defense, straight edge knifes will stab easier, however this is not the reason I carry a knife. IV) Straight edge knifes are easier to sharpen then serrates. Also there are more reasons to carry a straight edge knife, but I cannot think of any more. To sum it up. I think people carry serrates because they think they look cool. I ONLY carry straight edge knifes because I believe that a knife is a TOOL, not something that makes you cool or gangster. Also if you are looking for a high quality knife I suggest to you "Gerber Freeman", which is a very nice folder. It also comes in fixed blade. Search Cabela's if you are interested. If you like fixed blades go with the KA-Bar. (any site or store)
YoungPyro194 years ago
Serrated blades don't wear as easily as non-serrated. Make sure you know how to properly sharpen your blade or else you’ll make it even duller than it was before.
acidbass4 years ago
 i have a blade that is searatted near the handle and a regular blade the half away from the handle and i think it is great just because when i go Search and rescue training i dont have to bring a saw but i just use my knife because of the searatted edge but when i need to do precision cutting like on a bandage i use the smooth blade so I personally think when both are combined like on my knife they last the longest but when by themselves you have to take extremley good care of a searatted blade because they are harder to sharpen and dull rapidly when  used frequently
Ole bally4 years ago
The only reason a serrated edged knife stays 'sharper' longer is that it has more cutting surface than a straight edge...but they are very difficult to sharpen when they get dull.
A 440 stainless bladed knife will give you the best of both worlds, but for sheer sharp cutting a 'high carbon' steel blade is best...easy to sharpen, stays sharp depending on the edge 'grind' ( thinner blade stays sharper longer) and usually more flexible!
TarzanJr4 years ago
I Hope this is the answer you were looking for serrated knifes cut faster and better but they dont cut as clean as non-serrated knifes. I would buy a knife that is serrated near the handle and is a single blade. I hope you understand what i mean. If you cut with a Serrated Knife it would be much easier if is was just as sharp as a non-serrated knife. Here is a Picture of the Knife that i would proscribe to use for you...

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Maybe not that exact knife but that looks like that...
 
dumbguy4 years ago
i don't know exactly what you mean by last longer. if you just don't want to sharpen your knife go with serrated.
d2j54 years ago
get both, problem solved?
I carry a wave so i never have to worry about that, i prefer plain edge, it can do everything the a serrated can do it just takes longer, but it can alto more than serrated can
if you have a knife for personal protection, never use a serrated blade. they tend to get stuck after a good stab. in fact, in my experience the only thing serrated blades are good for is cutting bread. with a straight edge blade, you may be sharpening it more, but at least you have the option of sharpening it.
DV Customs5 years ago
If you went with a Damascus straight blade, it would cut like a straight and a serrated blade due to the layers it consist of. The more layers to it, the better. They will cut will they are even when getting dull. The R.C. hardness of at least 55 will hold an edge for quite a while.
I've rarely come upon a situation in which a serrated pocketknife was useful; they're too short to complete a long stroke and make a sawing-motion efficient. In fact, the only thing I've seen that a serrated blade was more effective than a straight-edged blade was cutting bamboo. Partially-serrated blades seem even worse. My recommendation: a normal, straight blade. They're more useful, and you can actually sharpen them.
NachoMahma5 years ago
. That's like asking if a pen or a pencil is better. It depends on what you want to accomplish. . Like jtobako, I have yet to find a good use for a serrated blade except in the kitchen (see L's comment) and most ppl don't use their pocketknife in the kitchen.
jtobako5 years ago
As an occasional box and letter opener, the serrations will give more life. As a whittling tool, the serrations get in the way. Serrations are supposed to make quicker cuts, but I haven't found that they do. I have found that they make very ragged cuts. Then again, you can't tell when they are dull, so I guess that's a plus : P
XOIIO5 years ago
I find that a knife with both types is good, i have one that is half serated and half not. it is good because you have both options. So basically, a bit of both is best in my opinion.
theRIAA5 years ago
I like smooth blades. People say you can cut through rope and stuff faster with serration, but I like the "in control" feeling of cutting rope with a smooth blade. I don't buy serrated knifes, even 1/2 serrated knifes, just because I like a nice, smooth cutting edge, not because it's easier to sharpen.
lemonie5 years ago
It depends upon what you want to use it for - each tool for it's own job. A non-serrated blade can be sharpened more easily, but serrations can be more effective in "ripping" certain materials. Re-sharpening a blade can extent it's useful lifetime way beyond not doing so. I don't think of many real advantages to a serrated blade (excepting bread) over a good sharp straight blade. L
Kiteman5 years ago
I have both on my Leatherman, which I've had for a couple of years' heavy use. The serrated blade certainly seems to be holding its edge better, but that may be because I use it differently - more of a sawing action than a pressing-through action.
fwjs28 Kiteman5 years ago
agreed, i personnally prefer serrated as they are slightly more multi-use blades....