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Recurves; like them? hate them?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by danbot, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. I love 'em!

  2. I hate' em!

  3. I don't really care.

  1. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Totally disagree. A recurve has the advantages of accelerating material Into the blade without the end result being a hawkbill. You can use the rest of the way you can't a hawkbill. It's a bit more versatile for me. I use both just fine. A recurve certainly isn't useless.
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  2. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    I don’t mind them but don’t prefer them!:D:cool::p
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  3. Cvrobinson

    Cvrobinson Going to hell, anyone need anything Platinum Member

    Dec 19, 2017
    Big fan of the recurve
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    Jan 6, 2016
    I like a little bit of recurve in some knives, if they are big enough to sharpen easily. Like the $2 hand-forged Thai knife on the left with the deluxe water pipe sheath. Subtle recurve.

  5. Lesknife

    Lesknife Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Personally I usually don’t want a recurve blade but I can think of a few times when a large/ long recurve blade came in useful. They do cut brush and vines better than straight. On small or pocket knives I don’t think they would be of much benefit except a hawkbill garden knife in that instance. So there are some tasks they would be better at. IMO.
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  6. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    :) I own a whole bunch of them and carry some regularly , so I guess I luv 'em .

    Not hard to sharpen if you know how .

    Look cool and work better in any slicing type cut (not stabbing) . :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:

    Probably more functionally effective on longer blades , but still nice on the shorter .

    All my oldest , amateurishly sharpened knives eventually end up recurved ...so I've learned to love them ! :rolleyes:

    Only thing better than a plain recurve is fully serrated recurve ! :p
  7. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    PITA to sharpen. I like my kukri, though... easy to put an edge on with a diamond rod.
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  8. razorburn

    razorburn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    Sure,I like them but not sure if I love them! Sometime you just wish it was just a plain straight edge
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  9. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    This one was a SOB to reprofile and sharpen, (did a number on my EP stones) but man it's a great cutter.
    Just wish folks weren't so frightened when I use it.:(
  10. MyLegsAreOk

    MyLegsAreOk Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2017
    I really like them but have a wicked edge so I can't use my best sharpener on them. A real shame I'm stuck with the spyderco sharpmaker.
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  11. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I love them. I never am more than an arm reach away from a khukuri, and my edc is a ZT303.

    I never understood the hate. I have used my ZT until it no longer cut well, used a gentle free hand sharpening on a stone then took it to a couple grades of ceramic sticks and followed with a loaded strop...what's the big deal with that?
  12. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    What’s not to love? A recurve on a chopper improved performance by 1) adding mass foward, 2) creating a longer cutting edge per blade length, 3) changing the cutting angle of the edge, & 4) helping to trap materials within the sweat spot.

    Of course a lot depends on the specific knife. As with anything else, there are those that look good and work great and others that do neither.

    Last edited: Jul 10, 2019
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  13. A.L.


    Jun 27, 2007
    I don't like them at all. I understand the need for the belly for some uses but why not make the edge straight from the handle so it would be easier to sharpen?
    But mostly I don't care about them because I usually don't find curved blades that useful.
    That's just my personal preference though.
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  14. HappyDaddy

    HappyDaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 21, 2013
    I don't like them, but for no reason other than aesthetics.
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  15. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    I hate them, but voted for the third option because I really don't care even more.
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  16. CanadaKnifeGuy

    CanadaKnifeGuy Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    This is my current and new dive knife for freediving and spearfishing.

    Pull cuts through fish are like butter (to get the spear tip out) and the serrated portion goes through rope like it was warm licorice.

    It didn't come sharp, but I put a decent edge on it with the WorkSharp belt sharpener.

    I might try the Sharpmaker to put a 40* micro bevel on it as well.

    For freediving where entanglement, pull cuts and rope / netting / line are a critical reality, I really like this blade shape. :thumbsup:

    MUCH more utilitarian and versatile than the standard triangular profile daggers that are generally used for spearfishing.

    4116 blade steel too and I'm pretty impressed with it so far - but it's only seen freshwater spearing so far. The salt cometh soon!!
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  17. Kreyzhorse

    Kreyzhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2013
    Depends on the knife. Don't love or hate them either way.
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  18. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp That's right, it's genuine Velveeta... Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    I like a mild recurve. I don't want to have to wrap sandpaper over a dowel to sharpen it, but a slight recurve makes for easier cutting.
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  19. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    I like a slight recurve on certain knives, but not so subtle that it just looks like a bad sharpening job...enough to know it's on purpose. That said, think I only have one or two knives with a recurve.
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  20. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    I agree.
    A very pronounced recurve gets to the point of just being silly.

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