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What's your edge?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Okiecruffler, Dec 30, 2002.


Edge Type?

  1. Straight

    44 vote(s)
  2. Serrated

    5 vote(s)
  3. Combo

    31 vote(s)
  1. Okiecruffler

    Okiecruffler Well-Known Member

    Okay, I just have to ask. Straight, serrated, or combo. What do you carry and why?

    Make mine straight and razor sharp.
  2. ruger357

    ruger357 Well-Known Member

    Make mine half and half.
  3. shooter.45

    shooter.45 Well-Known Member

    I also use half and half . Spyderco delica clipit..
  4. Jim March

    Jim March Well-Known Member

    Type of edge is the SIXTH ranked thing I look at in a street-carry fighting folder.

    Issue #1 is lock strength. If I can't trust it, it's junk.

    2) Length. BIG. A 5" blade length is getting warm. 6" is better. The moment somebody makes a 10" folder worth a dang, I'm THERE. I am not kidding. 20" is not beyond the realm of possibility, in fact I think I know how to make one!

    3) Grip ergonomics - will my hand slip down the blade if the tip hangs on a hard-target stab? If so, that's a problem.

    4) Fast slick opening, although on a big boy that's not as big a problem because big blade mass means it swings open easier.

    5) The steel has to be at least decent. ATS-34/55 is OK, as is AUS8, but I prefer D2. There's lots of other good ones out there too but there's also junk like the 420H family, 440A unless the heat-treat is abnormally good (SOG and Myerchin know what they're doing with 440A).

    Once ALL of the above is sorted out, if I still have a choice, I'll take a straight edge, but serrations can work too.
  5. honocor

    honocor Member


    I carry a Kershaw with a combo blade. My knife is used for more than just protection, including but not limited too cutting seatbelts and the such if nessicarry(serrated is very good for that). I agree with the type of steel being a very important decision.
  6. MacPelto

    MacPelto Well-Known Member

    Since you asked...straight. It's the only thing that I can sharpen reliably.
  7. ahenry

    ahenry Well-Known Member

    Here here and here here. If you ever find a folder that big let me know I would love one.
  8. sasnofear

    sasnofear member

  9. Knives

    Knives Well-Known Member

    I carry a Spyderco Endura with a serrated edge.
  10. Penman

    Penman Well-Known Member

    Straight edge. I feel it has more utility than a serrated. I used to carry a Spyderco "PIG", with a serrated edge. At that time I was opening a lot of boxes, wrappings, etc. and the serrated edge was nice for those chores.
  11. Kahr carrier

    Kahr carrier Well-Known Member

  12. Edward429451

    Edward429451 member

    Straight Please.

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  13. Edward429451

    Edward429451 member

    Or Bigger. The Blade finish looks mottled because I had it professionally thinned and sharpened, then cold blued it myself. Sharp enough to shave with, literally.:neener:

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  14. Arkady

    Arkady Well-Known Member

    Make mine a combo edge.

    My knife (CRKT M16-12Z) is a tool, and as a tool i find it to be more effective if i can saw at those uncooperative ropes/wires/masses of packing tape.

    Should i ever have to use it defensively, i should think that i'll be too panicked to worry over what type of wound i'm creating, so long as the pointy end is in the other guy when all is said and done.
  15. Gray_Fallen

    Gray_Fallen Well-Known Member

    I carry combo-edge as my main knife, but that was a matter of being a beggar and not a chooser. I got a good deal on an Emerson Commander, and I took it... and I dont regret it. yes, I would preffer plain edge, but I dont worry about the serrations. I just like a plain edge better, like how it cuts better, and like how much better I can sharpen it.

    My other knives are all plain edge except my little Delica, and again, I got it for $10 in good shape (and yes its a real Delica), so I didnt complain.

    Edward, I just gotta ask... why carry that first dagger, the United Cutlery fantasy knife???? Bad steel (420), weird blade, and I cant imagine having to go to court, even if it was a legit self defense use, if I had used that knife.
    The Fairbairn/Sykes is a better choice, IMO, if its a well made model. Still, daggers dont look good in court, especially if they are illegal in the jurisdiction (and they are in very many.)
    I am honestly not trying to rip you here, I am just honestly curious about the cheap knife, when you obviously spend good money on good guns, and I dont want to see someone acting responsibly, get in trouble because of a funky knife selection. But, if it works for you, then great... just honestly curious.
  16. buttrap

    buttrap Well-Known Member

    Ahhh Other? I really prefer the saber over a pocket knife for a edged thing
  17. Chris Rhines

    Chris Rhines Well-Known Member

    One of each. :D

    I prefer straight blades, no serrations tho.

    I despise 50/50 combo blades, as they seem to offer the worst of both worlds.

    - Chris
  18. Edward429451

    Edward429451 member

    Aahhh, therein lies the story...I don't carry the Double Shadow blade. Its a Gil Hibben Knife, Stainless. It does say uc453 on it too. Does that mean its cheap steel? Sure couldn't tell by the price tag. It was 200-250 a few years back, cant recall exactly. I was under the impression it was a well made knife. Am I wrong bout' that? Please expound with what you may know about it..

    The Fairbain/Sykes british commando knife is the real thing, made in Sheffield England and it does get carried sometimes, not all the time. The knife guy who thinned and sharpened it said it was very high quality and it shows by holding and taking a very keen edge.

    As for the courts view of it....well, priorities ya know. I'll deal with them after the fact if I have to. Pretty soon it'll be illegal to raise your voice towards anyone defensive or not, armed or not. So who cares what they think.:neener: Its really kind of a back up to the back up anyway, if ya' know what I mean...It certainly isnt a primary defensive blade. If the situation calls for pulling a knife, it calls for pulling a gun just as fast.

    Bad idea or not, I refuse to be intimidated by the court systems tyrannical threats and such.
  19. Schuey2002

    Schuey2002 Well-Known Member

    Straight edge that is sharp enough to shave a flea.:D
  20. Harbinger

    Harbinger Well-Known Member

    Full sized, serrated Spyderco Rescue. Been carrying it faithfully for seven years now. I prefer the quick/aggressive cut of a serrated knife. It's a ripping thing. :evil: Sometimes I'll put a stockman or a whittler in another pocket for those straight edged applications. Like carving a real scary lookin' jack o' lantern. ;)

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