GUN ka-bar marine knives serrated vs. straightedge?

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Serrated or straightedge?

  1. go for the clean straightedge!

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  2. the serrated edge is crucial!

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  1. Divided Sky

    Divided Sky New Member

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    im going to thailand for seven months this fall and i just gave my badass pocketknife to a friend. sooo, im in the market for a new all-purpose knife. i saw these badass knives at the army/navy surplus store and had to have em. but first i had two questions: would you guys recommend it? and serrated or straightedge?

    my uses: all purposes, cooking, cutting open coconuts :big grin:, protection, etc. no knife carry laws in thailand :big grin:. i love straightedges and want ot buy the straightedge one but do you guys suggest a serration at the end for some uses? cant really think of anything ill really need it for.

    any info no matter how unrelated appreciated.
     
  2. Hibidi-Shibidi

    Hibidi-Shibidi New Member

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    If you get in a knife fight with some little chink in thailand, you will probably get pretty fucked up.
     
  3. Divided Sky

    Divided Sky New Member

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    i know i dont intend on flashing it around. ive heard stories: "if you pull out a knife infront of some thugs, theyll pull out a rusty knife and smile"

    its always good to know youve got one though.
     
  4. spankaveli

    spankaveli OT Supporter

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    for an all purpose knife i like a serrated edge for rope, vine, etc.
     
  5. LancerV

    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    I would get a way bigger knife
     
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    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    A decent knife should be able to cut rope just fine.

    Getting a serrated edge ftl
     
  7. Divided Sky

    Divided Sky New Member

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    not very practical to carry around a blade with a total length of a little over 12inches
     
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    phoenixTX New Member

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    Why? Serious question.

    I just don't see the downside to a semi-serrated edge. Maybe some extra work to sharpen it, but for the most part it still cuts when the straight edge has dulled after a lot of use. I only see benefits and no negatives :o
     
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    spankaveli OT Supporter

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    thats kind of what i was going to say. i can understand not "needing" one but it can't really, in my eyes, provide a downside.
     
  10. LancerV

    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    Sharpening a serrated edge own your is pretty much impossible, and they put the serrations towards the back on almost every serrated/strait edge. Which is the point that should be used for straight edge cutting as it gets the most force. And the serrations get in the way. like when cutting through a rope you would put the rope closest to the handle and just push forward and if you knife is any kinda of sharp it will just cut right through. With a serrated you cant do it

    If you want a serrated/straightedge. Get a knife with serrations on one side and straight long edge.

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  11. 7

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    It's harder to do push cuts or notching when you have a serrated blade plus it's easier to do fine work with the lower portion of the blade that would normally be serrated. After owning a couple half serrated knives and EDCing them I doubt I'll own another any time soon.
     
  12. LancerV

    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    Oh and get a Kbar TDI for self defense nothing like getting a knife that you can use while punching someone
     
  13. LancerV

    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    Try this with a serrated edge
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  14. Hibidi-Shibidi

    Hibidi-Shibidi New Member

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    Has anyone mentioned a Hanzo Hatori blade yet?
     
  15. Willie J

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    i have both models and prefer the serrated. There's plenty of straight blade on it, why not have the best of both worlds
     
  16. Willie J

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    to sharpen it i have a diamond dust "pen". its a titanium carbide shaft coated with diamond dust and has ~4-5 mm diameter
     
  17. Divided Sky

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    what do you do about the serrated edge?

    i bought the serrated short black kabar with a leather case btw
     
  18. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    I voted serrated because that's what I have, but you should get a kris. People will automatically be scared of you if you have one on your belt. :bowdown:

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    It's like the 10mm of knives.
     
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    fatmoocow bored OT Supporter

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    the first inch or so of the blade is the most used, you do't want serrations there.

    Also I would not carry a large knife in a foreign country. Laws are very different throughout the world, and you may be hanged for shit that wouldn't be a crime in the US.
     
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    glock 81 field knife

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    dont get a serrated edge if youre using it for survival/utility. i have the 5 1/4" KA-BAR in straight edge and it's absolutely perfect
     
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    fucking retarded. how would you hammer the back of the blade to cut larger diameter wood? all you need is a single SHARP blade that wont break and is easily re-sharpened. everything else is just "tacticool"
     
  23. Willie J

    Willie J New Member

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    i use the pen. it's thin enough to sharpen serration and very strong.
    here are my three main non folders. two k-bars and a western skinner. i find myself using the smaller one the most for skinning game. but the black k-bar is my go to for everything else.
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  24. Frazz

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    whatever, i love mine... take less than 5 min to touch up and get razor sharp (literally shave hairs).... to each their own
     
  25. Divided Sky

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    i got the straightedge, logic being, i can do everytihng that a serrated can do but just slower for some things, whereas the case isnt true vice versa
     

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