Plain Edge or Serrated Edge for a Survival Knife?Is there a place for a serrated edge, as your main knife, in a time of survival? "No!"
Plain Edge for your main survival knifeFor a camping knife or a wilderness survival knife, you need a plain edge on your "main" knife. There are some good reasons for this:
- Ease of sharpening: In the wild, you'll likely have minimal sharpening equipment with you. A plain edge can be sharpened with a single stone (a dual-grit stone). A serrated edge requires more specific equipment.
- Cutting: a plain edge slices, where serrations are designed to tear. In my experience, in the woods and forests there's very few things that need to be torn instead of slices or chopped.
- Durability: Have you ever tried to baton wood with a serrated knife? You'll end up with fewer teeth in your serrations. The serrations on the blade protrude, like tiny teeth and therefore will catch, bind and break much easier.