Need a gift for the knife knut on your list? Here are some on-point suggestions of the best knives for gifts that we’ve personally used and would. They are all available now at a decent price.
Whether you’re a hardcore gear geek, a hunter, a thru-hiker, or a handyman, everyone needs a great blade. Here are the best knife gifts for the different people in your life.
For the Fidget Fiend: Gerber Fastball
If the person you’re buying for has a fidget spinner or clicks a pen while talking on the phone, the Gerber Fastball is the perfect blade for them. Thanks to the B.O.S.S. (Balls of Stainless Steel) technology, the Fastball flips as smooth and fast as a modern steel rollercoaster. The knife has an enticingly still flipper, but once you put enough pressure on it, it flicks open with a satisfying thunk.
But it’s not just a fidget toy. The Fastball is one of the best knives on the market today, sporting S30V blade steel and excellent lines on the Wharncliffe blade. It costs $105 and Gerber will customize it with text or images for an additional charge. One pro tip – add a little Loctite to the pocket clip screws when you receive this knife as they tend to work loose.
For the Suit-Wearing Gentleman: Chris Reeve Mnandi
The Sebenza is a modern classic, but its classier brother, the Mnandi, is a real showstopper.
Available (but hard to find) in several configurations such as those with beautifully selected wood inlays, carbon fiber scales, or marvelously sculpted titanium clips, and fit and finish that compare well to Rolex, the Mnandi is the perfect knife to drop in a pair of slacks or carry in a suit breast pocket. It’s a jewel of a blade and has a price to match.
Note: Check availability and shipping. These are tough to acquire!
For The Tinkerer: Wicked Edge Go Knife Sharpener, $250
The Wicked Edge Go is small enough to take with you in the car for hunting trips but large enough to leave set up on your workbench to keep every knife in your house razor sharp. The system removes the guesswork of finding and maintaining the proper edge angles while sharpening. In our testing, we turned out razor-sharp blades time and again. It works on everything from kitchen knives to burly hunting blades.
The Go Knife Sharpener (full review here) is a pricey investment. But for the knife aficionado, it will keep the collection fine-tuned and ready for use. And if you’re gifting this to a knife nut who shares your house, the bonus is your kitchen knives should stay in perfect working order year-round!
For the Hiker: Benchmade Bugout
The Benchmade Bugout is one of our favorite everyday carry knives. But we particularly love how well it transitions into the outdoors. Super light at just 1.8 ounces, yet extremely capable with a 3.24-inch, drop-point S30V steel blade, the Bugout is is very hard to beat. We love the premium Carbon CF version, which you can buy for about $140. But the standard Bugout is also a solid choice and will save you about $40. For hikers and general outdoors people who want a knife you can use everywhere, this one is a top choice.
For the Ultralight Backpacker: Spyderco Dragonfly 2, $66
Ounce-counters will love this knife. It clocks in at 1.2 ounces, has a wonderfully small form factor, and hardly ever needs sharpening. The ultra-high-carbon (though still stainless) ZDP-189 is 10-percent harder than most steel on the market and, as a result, almost never needs to be sharpened.
If the person on your list can’t pack toothbrush handles, sharpening stones are out also of the question. And the Dragonfly 2 is the perfect ultralight knife.
For the Minimalist: ESEE Candiru, $51 (45% Off)
The ESEE Candiru fixed blade is small and thin enough to be carried in a pocket. With the excellent Rowen-treated 1095 and a sheath or pouch, the Candiru will never close on your fingers, no matter how much you thumps on it.
This is ironic given that the knife is named for one of the most painful-to-humans fish ever.
For the Trendsetter: CRKT Crossbones Bronze
Thin, light, quick-opening, and unique, the CRKT Crossbones Bronze just hit the market this fall and is sure to turn heads. The flipper uses a ball-bearing pivot for quick, smooth action. The AUS8 steel blade provides versatile performance in a knife that weighs just 2.4 ounces. If you’re looking for a knife that stands out from the crowd, this one delivers.
For the Jack- or Jill-of-All-Trades: Leatherman Wave+
Ok, ok, this isn’t technically a knife. It is so much more. But if the person you’re shopping for does a bit of everything, the Leatherman Wave+ is the tool for them.
And really, no outdoors kit is complete without a good multi-tool. And in our years of use, the Wave+ just might be the perfect multitool. Based on a pair of needlenose pliers, it has everything you need to do just about any small mechanical job. It’s gotten us out of so many pinches we’ve lost count years ago. And with a robust design and one-handed operation, your loved one will remember you every time it saves their behind.
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For the Chef: Spyderco Spydiechef, $218 (14% Off)
If you want to give someone state-of-the-art cultery steel, LC 200N is the absolute best of the best. It’s hard, tough, and corrosion-resistant. This might be the first steel that makes no real compromise in terms of performance.
And the best design with this steel is the Spydiechef. With a titanium framelock and LC 200N, the knife is essentially waterproof. Originally intended as a folding kitchen knife, the Spydiechef is a great all-around blade.
For Your Dad, Mom, or Uncle: Buck 110 Folding Knife, $45 (35% Off)
The original Buck 110 is among the most famous and influential folders of all time. It rocks very well, has Buck-hardened 440HC steel, and features an iconic clip-point blade. It’s a bit of a beast, weighing almost half a pound in its traditional configuration.
So no, it’s not for ultralight hikers or those who want the latest tech. But for those who love tradition in a proven, wonderfully reliable tool, this is a win. And it will still be just as cool when handed down to the next generation in 50 years as it is today.
Knives make great gifts. Hopefully, these suggestions will get you out of a pinch. And if you want to be the recipient of one of these blades, I highly recommend you send a not-so-subtle hint. Simply cut the link to this article, paste it in an email or text, and send it to your significant other.