8 Awesome Knife Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

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With Father’s Day around the corner, we continue to scour the market for the best gifts for dad, and being the EDCers we are, a knife is both an essential and a personal gift to give. It’s the tool that often gets passed down from father to son and is useful in many ways, so giving a great one back can be a thoughtful gesture. In this guide, we’ve worked with some of our favorite brands to make a list of sleek slicers that would make excellent gifts for his day. Whether he’s into traditional or tactical, there’s a knife for him below.

Deejo Custom Knives

Deejo is a French cutlery brand that creates ultra-lightweight knives that you can customize on their website, providing a plethora of options and personalized details to make a knife truly one-of-a-kind for dad. They’ve launched even more new and original tattoo designs in 2022 to add to the choices you can have etched onto the blade of any of their svelte and featherweight models, so it’s the best time ever to treat him to a custom new knife.

Customizing his knife is easy on the MyDeejo site. You are greeted by a simple and responsive tool that visually reflects all your current design choices from the number of options available, including preferences for the size of the knife, blade finish, handle scales, and blade etching, all in a state of the art 3D interface. You also have the opportunity to engrave dad’s name or a memorable quote to make the knife even more unique and personal. Finish off the knife with your choice of handle material and Deejo will build and ship out dad’s unique gift in two business days.

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Gerber Savvy

Gerber’s new Savvy knife is as sleek as its name, with a slim profile packed with premium features. It’s designed as an ambidextrous, one-handed pocketknife with an extra-smooth deployment and part of Gerber’s made in the USA line built with care in small batches, making it a special gift for dad.

The Savvy’s larger 3.5” blade comes in a premium 20CV blade steel, best known for its exceptional edge retention and corrosion resistance, in an uncommon but versatile wharncliffe blade shape that allows precise cuts. A pivot lock with anti-rotation washers provides secure blade support and a frictionless deployment through a thumb stud. Its handles come in aluminum or carbon fiber scales, or you can go full custom materials, colors, and laser marks for dad using Gerber’s Custom shop.

Last but not least, a textured pocket clip and lanyard hole let dad carry this classic knife with modern features according to his preference.

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SOG Terminus XR Damascus

The Terminus XR is one of SOG’s best everyday knives, and a new Damascus pattern for its blade is just the thing to add some flair to dad’s EDC. There’s plenty for dad to like on the Terminus XR, including a versatile 2.95” blade in a subtle clip point shape. He can deploy the blade in three ways: via the ambidextrous thumb studs, kicking out the blade via an exposed tab, and flicking the knife open by disengaging the super-strong and ambidextrous XR lock.

And when he’s done for the day, the Terminus’s blade folds into its G10 and carbon fiber handles, where a reversible clip also makes it easy for him to deep pocket carry the knife. As a special offer to EDC readers, you can get 25% off the Terminus XR Damascus with code EDCDAD22 through June 19th.  

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Kershaw Cargo

As its name suggests, the Kershaw Cargo is a knife built to carry and use for the long haul. Its simplicity is efficient, and extremely lightweight at 2.3 oz. Plus, with a 3.25” blade with an extended belly in hardworking D2 tool steel for all dad’s slicing needs. The knife is fully ambidextrous from its dual thumb studs for manual opening to its reversible clip and especially its mid-lock on the back of the handles. The handles themselves are glass-filled nylon reinforced with steel liners to handle dad’s heaviest tasks, with unique handle contouring, texturing, and chamfered edges for comfort even during hard use.

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Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition Knife and Tool Sharpener

Every knife on this list eventually needs maintenance, as a well-maintained and sharp knife is a safe one. Give dad the best and easiest system with Work Sharp’s Ken Onion Edition Knife and Tool Sharpener. It can sharpen everything from a fine scalpel up to a lawnmower blade. Designed in collaboration with renowned knifemaker Ken Onion, this mechanical sharpener uses flexible abrasive belts and an angled holder that lets you select between 15 and 30 degrees to match your blade.

Aside from the design’s ease of use and flexibility, the Ken Onion Edition Knife and Tool Sharpener is handy if dad has special grind needs on his knives. He can also use the system on knives with full or partial serrations without too much fuss, especially when adding the Blade Grinding Attachment for extra control and surface area. The standard Ken Onion Edition comes with five belts ranging from an ultra-coarse 120 grit for reprofiling and fixing broken blades to a 6000 grit belt that lets him apply a mirror polish on his edges.

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The James Brand Carter

Dad deserves no less than the most advanced (and arguably most handsome) knife from The James Brand: the Carter. It’s chock-full of EDC-friendly features, starting with its ideal 2.8“ drop point blade made of a highly corrosion-resistant VG-10 stainless steel. It’s supported by The James Brand’s ambidextrous slide lock for simple and secure operation, with an enlarged thumb disk for easy opening. 3D-machined G10 scales give the knife excellent grip and ergonomics, while a reversible deep carry clip and lanyard insert let him choose his favorite way to carry the knife.

The Carter comes with more options than ever to dial in the perfect style and size for dad, including options for handle color and material (G-10 and Micarta), the option for a partially serrated blade, and even a larger XL profile that bumps up the blade size to 3.3 inches.

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CIVIVI Brazen C2023C

For the dads looking for a more tactical addition to their toolkit, CIVIVI’s new Brazen makes a strong point to be their next knife. Front and center is the Brazen’s striking 3.46” tanto blade in D2 steel, blacked out and stonewashed for a wicked profile. Dad can deploy the blade via dual thumb studs or the Brazen’s flipper tab, with a liner lock securing it in place. Equally stealthy black G-10 makes up the handles, with a reversible pocket clip and a lanyard slot built into the backspacer for dad to carry to his preference.

From June 1st to June 20th, CIVIVI is offering up to 25% discount on select knives, including the  Brazen, and a special gift pack with a handkerchief, stickers, and a thank you note while supplies last.

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Cold Steel Engage

Cold Steel’s new Engage brings exceptional materials and high-performance features to the table for the hardworking dad who needs an equally hard-working knife. The beefy knife comes with a sizable 3.5” blade in S35VN steel, a premium and well-rounded steel that’s as resilient as it is performant and easy to maintain.

Dad can deploy this clip point blade via ambidextrous thumb studs, secured during use by Cold Steel’s new slide-action Atlas lock. Pushing back on the lock at the top of the overbuilt G-10 handles lets the knife fold into a compact 4.69”, 6.6oz package. You can grab the Engage at a 25% discount with code EDCDAD22, valid from June 2nd to the 19th, giving you plenty of time to order it for Father’s Day.

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