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In our families, pocket knives have represented “keepsake” gifts that last for generations. Some are intended for daily carry, some for special purposes, and some for collection, but all are appreciated and treasured.

We’ve taken a little time to round up some of our favorites this season to help you get started finding the one that’s perfect for your father, mother, brother, sister, or friend.  We broke down the products we researched into daily carry knives, multi-tools, large knives, and exclusives (collector knives) — and we marked some of our favorites with a distinct symbol.

At the end of the post we’ve also linked a downloadable and printable PDF of the ‘guide.

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Case Mother of Pearl Lockback
As you probably already know, we love shiny things – and Case’s Mother of Pearl Lockback is shiny. While we wouldn’t want to carry it in the shop, we’d love this as a daily carry knife for the office. Its smallish form-factor (3” long, closed) makes it unobtrusive yet functional, and the mother of pearl covers make it a knife that’ll be handed down for generations.
Street Pricing: $100

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Case 6.5 Bonestag Tiny Trapper
The Case 6.5 Bone Stag Tiny Trapper represents an excellent daily carry knife with a good-looking handle and useable blades. Closed, the knife is only 2-3/8” long, and the rounded corners slip cleanly in and out of pockets. Good form + good function = great knife.
Street Pricing: $40 

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Buck Trapper
This is a solid everyday knife that’s at home in the shop or in your pocket for everyday use — a good entry into pocket knives.  Spey and Clip patterned blades will take care of most daily carry needs.
Street Pricing: $20

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Buck Stockman
Much like the Trapper in concept, the Stockman adds a common drop-point blade.   
Street Pricing: $20 

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Buck Nobleman
The Nobleman is a bit more contemporary in its design.  Featuring a slimline form factor and a frame-lock — as well as a thumb knob opening — it integrates modern features into a 3-3/4” classic look.
Street Pricing: $20

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Buck Metro LED
A compact, ergonomically-shaped knife featuring a 5mm LED light, the Buck Metro LED also doubles as a keychain. (Just don’t bring it to the airport.) Its 1-1/4” blade is cradled by a 2-3/8” stainless steel sub-frame and a nylon handle. Batteries included.
Street Pricing: $25

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11 Responses to ’06 X-Mas Buyer’s Guide: Pocket Knives

  1. MrWilliamWallace says:

    I’m liking the Buck Summit but can’t justify it since i just recently got a Leatherman Fuse and also carry a lockback blade at work.

  2. Tabitha Chambers says:

    I want to buy a Christmas knive for a special person (male) and have it engraved, do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Tabitha

  3. Mel says:

    I can’t beat any of the leatherman knives and multipliers I have. They really stand behind their 25 year warranty!

  4. John says:

    Kind of Buck-heavy (or low priced) list. The Spyderco Caly 3 is one of the newer hotter knives from Spyderco. Sort of a sub-3″ version of the Spyderco Manix. Then in bigger knives, Swamp Rat Knife Works and Scrap Yard Knife Company are cheaper lines under the Busse company umbrella. Both have amazingly tough 6″ fixed blade knives out now.

  5. Old Donn says:

    No Gerber? Their Applegate-Fairbairn combat folder and the model 600 multi-tool with bit set are current U.S. Army issue. Seems like a pretty good endorsement to me.

  6. Kelli says:

    I use the sheffield quick change pocket / box opener knives. bout it aslo at http://www.jdindustrialsupply.com

  7. Ray says:

    I’d recommend the CRKT M16, or some variant of it to anyone looking for a good folder. any of the benchmades with the axis lock system or the Sogs with the similar system are even better, but cost more. The knife I carry on a daily basis is a Benchmade Osborn axis. besides CRKT, Benchmade, and sog, I also recommend Gerber, Spiderco, Kershaw, Beretta, Kabar, Cold Steel, Buck, Case, and Camillus, all of which make great knives in the $30 to $100 range.

    Above that, you might want to look at Strider, Surefire, Busse, Microtec, Benchmade premium line, Al Mar, Blackwater, Emerson, Mod, and TOPS. All of these companys produce knives in the $150- $400 bracket.

    also, these lists should include a lot of smaller and more usefull fixed blades than the big comic book looking bowies. Check out Blackhawk or Strider knives, and you will see what a fixed blade should be.

  8. Fayaz Saley says:

    I’m a dealer based in South Africa, our jungle-hunters and fieldman only opt for the best knives when it comes to strength power and most importantly usibility, from personal experience i’ll highly recommend The HK SERIES OF BENCHMADE knives, theze knives are solid-tough and can be put to test through the toughest of ability, you won’t be disappointed..

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