Well it's obvious I haven't learned anything.
I promise this is my last thread about knives. But I've really come to a point at which I can't make a choice without some external output.
So here's the deal. A friend asked me to find him a knife that would be both reliable and useful in self-defense, while also having some value to it.
I eventually settled on the Victorinox Sentinel, as I had owned some of their liner-locks before and thus knew they were good. But I can't decide whether I should go with the plain edge version or the serrated edge version.
Here's the plain edge version: http://www.google.ro/imgres?q=victo...bwrIGADQ&zoom=1
And the serrated edge version: http://www.google.ro/imgres?q=victo...29,r:5,s:0,i:82
So, here's what I think. The plain edge version has a pointy tip, which makes it (potentially?) good for stabbing, but since the rest of the edge is plain, it doesn't quite do a lot of cutting damage. The serrated version on the other hand, does shitloads of damage when cutting, but it has a rounded tip, as you can see in the photos. And yes, I am talking about the damage inflicted on the human flesh.
So, it eventually goes down to whether cutting or stabbing is better in self-defense. My friend is also interested in the tip of the knife not breaking after the first fall on the ground, the knife being... tough in the other words.
And before you storm me with accusations of excessive violence, knife obsession, ect, ect, allow me to tell you what Victorinox has to say about these lockblades on their site:
"Having proved their reliability in combat situations and rescue operations, the sturdy pocket tools have a locking mechanism for the blade and screwdrivers."
Note the "combat situations" part. Combine it with the fact that they have locking mechanisms and 3 inch+ blades, which makes them ideal for actual combat.
So... just expose your opinion here. Your help will do immense good to me... erm, my friend, I mean.