When looking for a new knife, one of the most common questions we get is whether plain or serrated blades are better. The physical distinctions are evident, but the answer to which is better is far more difficult; it depends on what you intend to use the blade for and in what scenarios. Continue reading to find out more about the serrated vs. straight edge knife controversy and which one you should add to your collection.
Plain edge knives, which have a single continuous sharp edge, are significantly more traditional. They have a considerably broader application in EDC, outdoor, and tactical operations. Their most useful application is what most of us think of when we think of wielding a knife: applying hard, consistent pressure. For ages, this design has been proved to give precision and control in a range of situations.
Another significant advantage of a plain edge blade is that it does not snag or fray while cutting through certain ropes and cables. A clean cut is nearly always achieved with a straight edge. Other ropes, such as those made of plastics or other synthetic materials, may cause the blade to slip rather than cut. Sharpening these blades is normally easy, though this can vary depending on the material used to make the blade.
Blades with serrated edges have a toothed or saw-like edge ground into the cutting surface. These are designed to be used in a back-and-forth motion, similar to a tiny saw. They’re ideal for slicing through belts and ropes, as well as fabric and other textured materials. Serrated blades are also effective on materials that are soft, pliable, or easily crushed with downward cutting. Bread, cooked meats, soft fruits and vegetables are all excellent materials for use with a serrated knife.
The disadvantage of serrated blades is that they quickly cause fraying, particularly with ropes and fabrics. Furthermore, when the blade dulls, it becomes much more difficult to sharpen and necessitates the use of specialized sharpening tools. Serrated blades do not cut as cleanly as straight edge knives. Sharpening often necessitates taking the blade to a professional sharpener, particularly if the sharpening is long overdue.
With this lack of clean cutting, there’s higher potential for injury. Be sure to be as careful as you can when using serrated edges, even more than regularly bladed knives.
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