Note: I am not referring to saws or sawbacks. There are machetes with saws on the back of them.
But my question is this: Is it because of practical drawbacks that we do not see any practical swords, machetes, axes, or hatchets with actual serrations like we in the knife-user community understand serrated edges to be, such as the serrated patterns found on Spyderco knives?
I can see how a serrated edge may not work with an axe or hatchet head. Serrations are designed for draw and push cuts, not chops. But does this also apply to larger blades such as machetes, and swords? Would a Spyder-type serrated or other form of serrated edge cause such blades to catch and get in the way of smoother cutting than the standard plain edges we see on them?
The only serrated axe or hatchets I could find are ones on those cheap-quality "tactical zombie killer" type things.
Here is an example:
https://www.amazon.com/Z-Hunter-ZB-047- ... B00IPOA3KK
I do not consider that to be a practical axe or hatchet.
I could picture a combat sword or saber having serrated edges if those edges could cause more devastating wounds to an enemy.
Various animals and insects in nature do often times have serrated edges on their claws, teeth, and other defense/attack tools, so in an interesting sense, that was ahead of man's weaponry. Early human weapons such as knapped stone and animal teeth adhered to wood and bone hafts made use of serrated edges. But it seems that the use of serrations on blades did not come into major use until the 20th century.
While this quote is from someone else and not me, it is very worthwhile and touches on the subject:
"Predatory animals have a slightly different use-case for their natural weapons then that which human weapons are designed for. Animals generally kill one thing, then eat it. This means that having your weapon (teeth / claws) get briefly stuck in your target is less dangerous then if you were a soldier on a battlefield. Serrated teeth are also better at cutting flesh when eating it."
This would tend to explain why ancient to more "modern" human combat blades did not have serrations (Bronze age to 1800s).
Beaks are plain-edged but then some have small serrations, too.
Someone also pointed out that when you have a serrated blade, that means you have to sharpen those serrations. With more primitive technology than such things as the Sharp Maker and with blades in excess of 10 inches or more, that would mean having to essentially sharpen each serration by hand.
As an example: Look at the Spyderco Pacific Salt. Now, extend that same basic blade shape, the serrated-edge version, to about 10 or 12 inches or longer, as a fixed blade sword. Would it work well or would it not work well for field-combat like they used to do? What would be the effect if someone made such a beast from H1 steel? I guess the Whale Rescue is something along those lines and also the Warrior.