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What's Better for EDC? Plain vs Serrated vs Combo Knives

When choosing the best pocket knife for your everyday carry, one of the decisions you'll need to make is what type of blade edge you should choose.

The common recommendation is to go with a plain edge (for reasons we'll get into later), but you might notice two other types of edges: serrated and combo edges. Instead of an unbroken edge on the blade, these two alternatives add some “teeth” to the knife.

You may not have needed serrations on your knife before, or don't know enough about them to add them to your kit. In our last guide for custom-designed knives for everyday carry, one reader asked: “Why don't you guys ever feature serrated knives?”

Well today we will, and our goal is to compare each type of edge in the context of EDC tasks so you can make the right choice when picking one.

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Cold Steel Recon 1

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Tactical knife with vacuum-heat-treated, sub-zero-quenched stainless-steel blade
Tough finish resists rust, eliminates glare, and slips through tough material
Handle's...

Cold Steel Micro Recon 1

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Blade Thick: 2.5mm
Blade Length: 2"
Handle Length: 2-3/8"
Overall Length: 4-3/8"...

Cold Steel Mini Tuff lite

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Blade Length: 2" Handle: 3" Black Thick: 2.5MM Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless Weight: 1.7 oz.

Cold Steel Code-4

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Blade thickness: 3.5 mm Handle: 5" long. 6060 aluminum Overall length: 8 1/2"

Cold Steel Spartan

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Folding knife with hollow-ground Japanese AUS 8A stainless blade
Edge is positioned at angle to the cut to produce deep sheering effect
Injection-molded Grivory handle...

Cold Steel Knives Ti-Lite

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4inch AUS 8A stainless steel, bead blasted blade with CNC milled 7075 aluminum handles with bead blast finish and EDP coating
Includes pocket clip
Overall length is 8...

Cold Steel AK-47

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Heavy-duty tactical folding knife with 3-1/2-inch hollow-ground blade Stainless blade construction with black coating for superior cutting power

Cold Steel Spike

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Steel: German 4116 Stainless Weight: 2.3 oz. Secure-Ex Neck Sheath With Bead Chain Lanyard

Coldsteel Mini Pal

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Cold Steel G-10 Espada Knife

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Blade Length: 7-1/2"
Handle: 9-1/4" Long, G-10
Steel: Japanese AUS 8A stainless (bead Blast Finish)
Blade Thick: 4 MM
Overall Length: 16-3/4"...

Cold Steel Counter Point

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Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless
Weight: 4.7 oz
Handle: 5" Long Grivory
Pocket Clip: Stainless Pocket / Belt Clip...

Cold Steel Counter Tac 2

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Blade: 3 3/8"
Overall: 6 3/4"
Weight: 2.2oz.
Steel: AUS 8A
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Cold Steel Master Hunter

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Blade Thickness: 3/16"
Handle: 4 3/4" Long Kray-Ex
Blade Style: Drop Point
Steel: VG-1 San Mai III
Sheath: Secure-Ex Sheath
Blade: 4 1/2"
Overall: 9...

Cold Steel Mini Recon 1 Spear Point Tactical Folder Knife

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Blade Thick: 3.5mm
Blade Length: 3"
Handle Length: 4-1/8"
Overall Length: 7-1/8"...