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The Best Knives and Multi-Tools to Give Dads This Father’s Day

Make sure your dad is equipped and ready for whatever comes his way with a high-quality pocket knife or multi-tool this Father’s Day.

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A pocket knife ranks among the most symbolic coming-of-age gifts a father can give a child, but that doesn’t mean reversing the act is a Father’s Day faux pas. Coming from you, a knife or multi-tool or related product says you respect him, but you want to ensure he’s prepared for his day. With any of the tools on this list, you can also gently communicate that if he keeps using that dull old blade, he’s going to cut his damn finger off. And nobody wants that.

The James Brand Chapter

The James Brand’s Chapter is among the finest pocket knives you can add to your EDC, so naturally, it’s also one of the finest pocket knives that you could possibly give as a gift. It was the first product that the brand launched with, and like all products that have followed, The Chapter is designed to excel at both form and function. It features a striking Damasteel Rose DS93X™ blade, which offers the beautiful grain look of a Damascus blade but with the edge retention of traditional knife steels. Add to that a lightning-quick action provided by ceramic ball bearings, a frame-lock, 6al4v titanium scales and a steel lock-face insert and the result is a knife that will own the space in anyone’s pocket for many years.

BUY NOW: $395

1. Skinth Solutions Toollet

If you’re going to turn your dad into an EDC guy, at least give him a way to stay organized.

BUY NOW: $11

2. Outdoor Element Firebiner

This carabiner isn’t for rock climbing; it’s for starting fires, cutting wires, opening bottles, and then, of course, serving as a handy clip.

BUY NOW: $15

3. Gerber Devour Multi-Fork

Multi-tools don’t have to include pliers or scissors to be useful. For many dads, a spoon combined with a can opener, bottle opener and more might be more practical.

BUY NOW (Amazon): $17 BUY NOW (Gerber): $17

4. Keysmart CleanKey

Germaphobe dads will appreciate this keychain-ready button pusher-slash-door opener.

BUY NOW: $25

5. Bellroy Notetaker

If the pen is mightier than the sword, some dads may consider it more potent than the knife. Especially when it’s made of ceramic anodized aluminum, like this one.

BUY NOW: $29

6. CRKT CEO

The award-winning CEO is a gentleman’s pocket knife, meaning that it’s handsome, slim and fits easily in a pocket.

BUY NOW: $40

7. Work Sharp Benchstone Knife Sharpener

Work Sharp’s new sharpening tool comes with angle guides and three surfaces that’ll help Dad keep his blades at the finest possible edge.

BUY NOW: $40

8. Gerber Armbar Cork

Gerber’s latest multi-tool slims the selection down to the few most essential implements: a knife, scissors, can opener and a corkscrew for wine.

BUY NOW: $40

9. Kujira Carbon Steel Whale Knife

Made in Japan’s Kochi Prefecture, these carbon steel knives come in the simple form of the planet’s largest animals, making them ideal for either collecting or cutting.

BUY NOW: $45

10. Spyderco Tenacious

A pocket knife doesn’t get more classic than a drop-point blade with a G-10 handle, but Spyderco added a little color for style.

BUY NOW: $50

11. Grovemade Task Knife

If you’re searching for a knife that Dad can use at his desk, get him one that looks good enough to display in the open.

BUY NOW: $60+

12. Leatherman Free K2X

The final entry in Leatherman’s Free Series emphasizes the knife part of a multi-tool but still squeezes in screwdrivers, a bottle opener, awl and more.

BUY NOW: $70

13. Castillo Knives Navaja

In Spanish, navaja means razor. That word not only describes the sharpness of this Spanish-made knife’s blade but also pertains to its acute style, which is achieved thanks to a curly birch handle.

BUY NOW: $119

14. WESN Allman

If your dad questions the value of any pocket knife over $30, the combo of a titanium frame-lock handle and a premium S35VN stainless steel blade is likely to convince him.

BUY NOW: $170

15. Quiet Carry Current

Dad’s camping bin probably includes a cheap, beat-up kitchen knife that can barely take on an onion. Here’s the replacement: a compact fixed-blade that sports corrosion-resistant LC200N steel to handle all the rigors of life at camp.

BUY NOW: $185

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