Everyone has been there. You must buy a close relative or distant friend something for the holidays, but you have absolutely no clue what to get. The best gift of them all is the pocket knife. Its versatility, long-lasting construction and feeling of tradition is unmatched by other items. Unfortunate (or fortunately, depending on how you think), there are tens of thousands of pocket knives available.

To simplify things for you, we’ve assembled this list of the five diverse pocket knives that make perfect gifts.

My Tighe by CRKT

If the person you’re giving a knife to is a sucker for sleek designs and the latest technology, nothing tops the new My Tighe. This knife is the creation of knifemaker Brian Tighe, who uses his knives for pretty much any hard-core thing you could think of. The quality of construction on this knife will blow any knife enthusiast or amateur away. It also boasts the latest technology, such as Torx fasteners, OutBurst assisted opening mechanism, Triple-Point serrated edges and more.

Even if none of these specs mean anything to you, you’ll fall in love with the My Tighe the minute you hold it. You might need to buy two, so you could keep one for yourself.

Kershaw Leek

For many people, the Leek is Kershaw’s premier knife. It has a very basic design, but its quality construction makes it complex. The ComboEdge stainless steel blade is four inches long and spring-assisted, so you can access it easily when you need it. The reversible clip means you can carry the Kershaw Leek in whatever way is most comfortable.

This knife will instantly become the receiver’s new favorite knife.

Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops

If your giftee is someone who’s always ready to spring into action and save the day, this Smith & Wesson will be the perfect addition to their arsenal of tools. Equipped with a glass breaker and belt cutter, the black Extreme Ops can save anyone from a harrowing jam. The rubberized aluminum handle makes the Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops extremely comfortable, so it’s no burden during extended use.

Pick one of these up today and you’ll be forever known as the best gift giver.

Schrade Old Timer

Not everyone likes the newest high-tech piece of gear, which is why we’ve added Schrade’s Old Timer to the list. The Old Timer embraces the traditional look of a knife with its delrin handle and carbon steel blade. Although it has three folding blades in the same vein as the Swiss Army knife, the carbon steel makes the blades exceptionally sharp. The best part about the Schrade Old Timer is that it is a lifetime gift because it’s durable enough to handle pretty much anything you can throw at it.

Spyderco Tenacious

Every knife aficionado knows just what they’re getting with a Spyderco: quality, impressive design, user-focused and simply stunning. That’s why the Spyderco Tenacious rounds out this list. The Tenacious makes the perfect EDC because its length, sharpness and convenient pocket clip. The knife will quickly become something the receiver cannot be without.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at Tim@knife-depot.com.
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