Note: Post updated in 2022.
Finding a gift for someone is stressful, whether it’s a small Christmas gift for a coworker, a graduation gift for your little brother, or a present for Father’s Day.
But don’t worry; we have your back with a good knife.
We first wrote this post a few years ago, but due to prices creeping up, we had to give this list an overhaul. So here’s a look at 20 easy knife-related gift ideas that are sure to get some genuine smiles and thanks.
The best part is that everything’s under $20.
1. Smith & Wesson Benji
We’ll start with an easy one—the Smith & Wesson Benji. This one makes an excellent gift. Why? This is a good all-around EDC tool with the dual purpose of being a money clip. That alone makes this gift a no-brainer.
It also has a bonus bottle opener!
2. Kershaw Diode
The fantastic Kershaw Shuffle used to hold this spot, but it’s unfortunately a few dollars over our arbitrary $20 limit. But Kershaw has another small multifunctional pocket knife in the Kershaw Diode.
This mini knife has a 1.6-inch liner locking blade and a glass-filled nylon handle. But the main attraction is the extended backspacer, which can be used as a keyring attachment, screwdriver, or pry bar.
At $12.99, this knife is even cheaper than the Shuffle ever was and just as good.
3. Cold Steel Kudu
Cold Steel is best known for its huge hard-use folders, but it does have a few understated folders you can get for cheap, like the Cold Steel Kudu.
The Kudu is inspired by the okapi knife that became popular particularly in South Africa. Not only does it have an interesting background but its ratchet-lock clasp is something few other knives have.
Overall, this remains an excellent lightweight folder for a cheap price.
4. Case Mini Blackhorn
Think you can’t get a solid US-made knife for less than $20? Think again.
The Case Mini Blackhorn is an excellent little knife that does its job and does it well. The drop point blade is stainless steel and the handle is made from black synthetic. It’s extremely lightweight—about an ounce—and oozes class.
It’s the kind of knife you can give to anyone, from a lawyer to a rugged outdoorsman.
5. Lansky Blade Medic
All knives need a touch-up at some point in their life, but the need always comes at the worst times. That’s what the Lansky Blade Medic is for.
This pocket sharpening kit is billed as the first responder for field repairs because it’s an entire sharpening system that fits right in your pocket. It has tungsten carbide, ceramic sharpening rods, a serrated knife sharpener, and a diamond tapered rod.