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post-buck.jpgThis idea is so obvious that you may not have thought of it.  

The thing to keep in mind is that picking out a pocket knife for Dad is sort of like picking out a wedding ring for your spouse-to-be.  Don’t just go grab anything off the shelf.  There was a special moment of bonding when your father gave you your first knife, and now you’ll re-share that moment with him through your gift.  If you put some thought (and your heart) into it and pick out a knife that fits his needs, interests, and personality, it’ll be a gift he’ll remember, and likely carry in his pocket for decades to come.  If you just buy him whatever you find at the mall, you might as well buy him a tie.

If you don’t already know what kind of knife your father carries, now’s a good time to find out.  Fathers stick to the same pocket knife brand the way truck owners stick to Chevy, Ford, or Dodge.  He’s likely carrying the same brand his father carried, and you’ll want to get him his favorite.  To carry on the tradition while adding your own personal flair to the gift, consider picking out a version of the knife he carries in a different finish.

Our fathers happen to carry knives from Buck, Case, and Schrade.  (Not surprisingly, we do the same.  It’s learned behavior.)  In our pockets today are the Buck model #307 “Wrangler,” a largish three-blade knife of good utility that was recently discontinued, and the model #425 “Minibuck,” a much smaller single-blade that’s a lot easier to explain to the gate security at concerts and sporting events.  Among our fathers’ favorites are Case’s #035 medium “Stockman” in bone, and Schrade’s #340T “Old Timer U.S.A.” in classic brown.

To add a special touch to the gift on the ‘day itself, ask him to show you how to sharpen it — good memories, indeed.

Case Knives [W.R. Case Co.]
Buck Knives [Buck]
Schrade Catalog [Taylor Brands, LLC]


4 Responses to Father’s Day Gift Idea: A Pocket Knife

  1. Old Donn says:

    Time was, a pocket knife was pretty much standard issue for men. Watch, wallet, keys and a pocket knife. These days, men who carry usually opt for a lockback of some type, either in a pouch or with a pocket clip. They’ll do, but aren’t nearly as versatile, compact, or appealing to the eye as a nice 3 blade Case or Schrade.

  2. DEX says:

    I wonder what the quality of Schrade knives are today? Surely, for father’s day, there are better knives like Case. Esp. if you want to hand one down to your son or grandson. Just a thought.

  3. Will says:

    Too bad Schrade is now owned by Taylor Brands. A century of American manufacturing of high quality pocketknives, now ended. The made-in-China “Schrade” knives just aren’t anywhere near the quality of the old ones. I was a big fan of the “old timer” series, too.

  4. ReginaPhalange says:

    I have three old, gen-u-wine, made-in-the-U.S.A. Schrade knives that I’m afraid to take out of storage for fear of losing or damaging them and having to replace them with what passes for Schrade now.

    As for that first old comment, the 1976 2-bladed Case I’m looking at here is actually fatter (and heavier) than my Mini Grip and I’d have no prayer of opening that knife if I had to do it one-handed. And that’s actually happened when one hand was occupied and something needed to be cut.

    Old slipjoints still have their place, but that doesn’t make them better or worse than one-handed lockblades. Even Schrade made lockbacks before Taylor Cutlery got their paws on it.

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