Postby Mr Blonde » Wed May 02, 2001 8:43 am
Your replies have been very informative. You all have given me some good points to think about. Meanwhile, I have been conducting some very informal testing with two sharp delicas, one plain and the other serrated. I executed various cuts across rolled up newspaper loosely covered with T-shirt fabric. I found that both edges cut well into the material. Personally I felt that both edges cut equally 'deep'. The
serrated edge did 'catch' more into the material, producing a more ragged and aggressive looking cut. However, I appeared to feel more resistance executing the slash with the serrated edge. The serrated edge regularly 'snagged' a little during the cut. It felt as if the serrations were 'filling up' with the material being cut. The encountered resistance was by no means
serious enough to pull the knife out of my hands or anything. I suspect that the Civilian and Matriarch designs have thinner tips to counter this exact problem. But in the end, both edges performed well, with the serrated edge producing more drag/resistance. Objectively, I found that
both edges cut very well. Subjectively, I am inclined to stick with a well sharpened plain edge, as it did not produce any resistance while cutting. This sorta fits my
my trained fighting style, purely subjective mind you. Of course my 'tests' were perfomed on a very small scale, and would not hold up against any serious 'scientific' testing, but it did satisfy some of my own curiosity.
Therefore I can advise anyone with similar 'problems' to just go out there and do some testing, it's a lot of fun.
I am curious to the preferences for plain/serrated of Bram Frank, Michael Janich or Michael Keating for example. These are by all means, respected authorities with a lot of experience on MBC. Why did you/they chose plain edges for their designs? For example, the plain edged variants of the Gunting and Chinook came out first. Did this indicate an 'edge-preference' by the designers?