“Should I get a knife with a serrated edge or a plain edge?”
“How do I decide which blade edge to get?”
“Any Recommendation for serrated edge vs. straight edge?”
These are some of the most commonly asked questions when people are looking for knives that meet their needs. These knives can be survival knives, tactical knives, hunting knives, or any outdoor related knives. Although there are certain blade edges that are preferred for different niches (i.e., partially serrated for survival, straight edge for combat, etc.), the blade edge you should pick depends on your needs. So if you are not sure which type of blade edge is best for you, this article will help you make a right decision.
But let’s start with a short version, just in case you don’t feel like going through the entire article (but I highly recommend you read through it). Here are the tips for choosing blade edge:
- Pick straight edge if you make “push” cuts most of the time.
- Pick serrated edge if you need to slice thick, hard, and tough objects.
- Pick coarse-ground (micro-serrated) edge if you need to slice soft objects (i.e., ropes).
- Pick partially serrated edge if you are looking for an all-in-one knife and you need a knife that can do the tasks for both straight edge and serrated edge.
Before I get into more detail, I just would like to say that this is article is NOT the typical article that just mentions a few facts about serrated edge and straight edge. In fact, we will talk about 4 types of edges and compare their pros and cons. Then we will go into things to consider to find the edge that meets your needs.
The 4 types of blade edges are:
- Straight edge
- Coarsely-ground straight edge
- Serrated edge
- Partially serrated edge