My friend Joe Brown tipped me to this just in time for last-minute gift-giving: These folders served as French army and Foreign Legion-issue pocket knives. And they still make great daily-carry knives now, some 70 years later. They meet all our standard requirements, too, including a standard drop-point blade and a nice thin profile, and checking in at under $25 total.
But what really turns us on about these is their durability. The blade snaps out of the steel case with a comforting snick, reassuring you that jamming the point into a recalcitrant cardboard box isn’t a problem at all. And even better, the Douk-Douk is much thinner than it looks — about the same thickness as three stacked credit cards — which means it’s comfortable pocket-fodder for the office or shop.
The small version’s blade is just 2-1/2″ long, and runs $19. The 3-1/8″ large is just $23. This would make a killer stocking stuffer — especially if the stocking is for me.
The French “Douk-Douk” Knife [Garrett Wade]