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Best Knives to Give to Your Dad on Father’s Day

We originally wrote this list back in 2012 but we’ve since updated it to include newer knives.

When you think back to your first knife, it’s likely that your dad was the person who gave it to you. So, to honor your dad with the same special gift he bestowed upon you, consider getting him a brand new knife for Father’s Day this weekend.

CRKT CEO Flipper

The CEO series from CRKT is the ultimate dad knife. This knife was originally designed by Richard Rogers as an understated slim folder that you could comfortably carry and use at work. It would slip into your pocket and could be mistaken as a pen.

Needless to say, it was a big hit. But the best version is probably the CEO Flipper, which has the same slim profile but with a flipper mechanism for easier opening.

Buck 110 Folding Hunter

Fewer brands exhibit class and quality like Buck Knives. Show your dad that you’re no slouch when it comes to picking character over value by giving him Buck’s signature knife the Folding Hunter. The knife features a woodgrain handle and a classic lockback system and is widely recognized as one of the most iconic knives of all time.

The Buck 110 is still one of the most affordable US-made knives. We also have it available for engraving.

Benchmade Bugout

If you want to splurge a little on your dad and get him something that’s known for quality and craftsmanship, opt for the Benchmade Bugout. This is the ultimate weekender or adventurer knife because it’s so lightweight yet durable.

The blue color gives it an attractive look while standing out from the bunch.

KA-BAR Utility Knife

The KA-BAR is one of the most iconic knives of all time. It was carried by countless men through several wars. If your dad is a knife person, chances are he probably has one of these in his collection.

But if he doesn’t, this is the kind of knife everyone wants in their collection. It’s also available with engraving!

Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Tanto

Even if your father isn’t the biggest knife guy, this knife makes the perfect gift because it’s something to keep in the car for emergencies. Offer the Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Tanto as security for your father in case he finds himself needing to cut a seat belt in a hurry or break a window to save someone’s life. Make your dad an even bigger hero.

Like some of the others, you can get it with a laser-engraved phrase of your choice.

Hogue Ballista I

The Hogue Ballista I is a relatively new automatic knife that’s been hugely popular at Knife Depot. It is designed as a tactical auto, but its design is conducive to everyday carry. When you add in the handsome blue aluminum scales, you get a very good-looking and high-performing knife.

Spyderco Bow River

Spyderco is typically very expensive these days, but one fixed blade bucks the trend. This hunting and fishing knife from Spyderco is just a little over $50, but its quality and construction is comparable to some of Spyderco’s pricier models.

It has a 4.4-inch blade and black and gray G-10 handle.

CIVIVI Elementum

The CIVIVI Elementum is the ultimate everyday carry. Since it’s released, it’s held a spot on the best EDC knife lists anywhere you look. This is the kind of knife enthusiasts and newbies can both enjoy.

We are partial to this version with wood scales, but it’s also available in other styles.

Kershaw Leek

The Kershaw Leek is another one of those all-time knife designs that’s great for both knife beginners and long-time knife users.

The Leek has a 3-inch blade, a slim design, a US-made construction, and a lightning fast assisted-opening mechanism. It’s hard to find much wrong with this Ken Onion designed folder (except maybe the odd pocket clip). Since the Leek is so beloved, it’s a popular choice for knife engraving.

CRKT M4-02 Carson

Late knifemaker Kit Carson was known for his M16 series with CRKT, but the M4-02 is just as amazing. Using the Outburst assisted opening mechanism, the knife boasts a 3.25-inch drop point blade that engages quickly and smoothly.

The M4-02 comes in three handle finishes: white bone scales with black G10 bolsters, stag scales with silver bolsters, and burled wood scales with stainless steel bolsters. Each of these knives has its own look and will match any father’s personality.

Smith & Wesson Ultimate Throwing Set

If your pop already has a nice pocket knife, try giving him something that gets him off his butt. A set of throwing knives will get him outside and help him develop a new skill. Throwing knives are a fun hobby to take up because of its competitive nature and social aspect.

This Ultimate Throwing Knife Set from Smith & Wesson is a popular gift this time of year because it’s an instant hobby. It comes with three axes, three cleaver, three knives, and four throwing cards — along with sheaths to hold everything.

Kershaw Livewire OTF

Finally, we have one of the best new OTF knives of the past 10 years or so. Kershaw put its signature quality and construction on this knife without making it unreasonably expensive. In fact, this is one of the cheapest American-made OTF knives with MagnaCut you can buy by far.

4 Comments

  1. That Wenger Swiss Army Knife is just missing the toothpick! Knice list! Little mix of everything!

    • it has a toothpick if you read

      • Tim

        June 12, 2015 at 10:36 am

        This article was updated from its previous incarnation written in 2012. Scott was referring to a knife that’s since been replaced with a different SAK because it’s no longer being made.

  2. I can see that most of your list occupied by pocket or folding knife. I would have included Fallkniven A1 as it is a badass fixed blade survival knife in the expensive side.

    Great list btw.

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