I forgot to ask you, what is the purpose of the serrated blade on the Side Kick. The Wingman has scissors instead and I kind of they are more useful to cut a loose thread or tag, etc. However, I can think of a real use for the serrated blade. If I want to cut a small branch an inch or two in diameter, I can simply snap it instead of using the little blade. Other than that, what else is it good for?
Serrated edges do have their uses and all other things being equal they do cut for longer time than straight edges. In the Wingman I suppose its more likely to end up catching and cutting rope and cardboard.
There’s two reasons for this. Frist, most of the edge is within the serrations themselves. That means that only the pointy part of the serration is even in contact with the surface you’re cutting against. Second, when the material gets caught in the serration, the direction of the cutting motion back and forth is better taken advantage of.
While harder to resharpen, for rope and cord, cardboard and other more heavy duty type of material, a serrated edge will sure last longer before needing resharpening.
For one inch diameter branches you don’t need much, but the saw in the Leatherman Charge/Wave will cut through much more. Its not as hard as some would think.
With some patience not only do these saws cut branches, they can cut through 2”x2” and “2x4” with a small amount of effort as well.