My boyfriend wants a knife and I wanted to buy him one for our upcoming anniversary. Any suggestions?
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Embarrassingly enough, I’m no knife expert (I prefer flashlights if it wasn’t already painfully obvious). I invited some friends to lend their advice. Both of them are knowledgeable knife enthusiasts who were kind enough to feed me some suggestions!
For a small, general purpose knife that’s easy to carry in the ~$200 range…
TokenIndianKid suggests looking into one of his favorites: the Benchmade 530 Pardue, which he describes as slim, low-key, yet still retaining some tactical features. It has an easy to use and practically fail-safe Axis lock so you don’t have to worry about your boyfriend having his knife close on him. The blade uses 154CM steel which retains its edge very well, making it somewhat of a low-maintenance knife. Benchmade also offers a LifeSharp service to take care of any sharpening.
If that knife may be too tactical for his taste, you can look into simple knives with premium materials and versatile utility without that tactical feel. The Spyderco Sage II Titanium, or the Chris Reeves Small Sebenza (if you’re lucky on eBay) come to mind as well, so be sure to check those out. Titanium is rare, strong, light, and beautiful!
kenthenoobechoes the recommendations for something like a Sebenza, but also suggested a similar, more affordable Bradley Alias. Unfortunately those are pretty hard to come by these days.
Personally, I would suggest an Al Mar Eagle Ultralight and use the leftover money to buy him a flashlight B). A good start would be a small light that takes rechargeable AAs (I recommend the Sanyo Eneloop brand). Look into the Nitecore D10, the 4sevens Quark AA Tactical, or the Zebralight SC50.
After realizing I only use 3 of my keys on a daily basis, I decided to make another, slimmer, key holder. I thought it would a good idea to document the process in photos for anybody who is feeling the diy urge to make their own.