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    A good sub-$50 pocket knife? Or something for a guy who likes to cook?

    C'mon Siu, we know you're the authority here on the knives. What is a good knife that you can find in stores this week? I have to get something for my bro-in-law, and it's probably gonna be a good pocket knife.

    He also cooks for his family, any recommendations there, folks?
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    For a guy who likes to cook (and a knife) in one gift......

    Forchner (Victorinox) Firbrox Chef's Knife (model 40520). About $20-25. Highest rated chef's knife on America's Test Kitchen for many years running.
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    This would run about $60

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    For a guy who likes to cook (and a knife) in one gift......

    Forchner (Victorinox) Firbrox Chef's Knife (model 40520). About $20-25. Highest rated chef's knife on America's Test Kitchen for many years running.
    Too bad it's ugly. But IMHO you can't go wrong with Forchner Firbroxes.

    I think Shuns are gorgeous knives, but $50 won't even get a 3.5" paring knife in their classic range!

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    Ball whisks are nice, but you're not in knife land any more.

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    EBAY has a ton of solid custom knives. You can get a good selection. I like knives, custom bowies, green rivers, trapper blades. I bet your bro-in-law will keep it forever.
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    as a guy who loves cooking, the best presents I have ever gotten were cooking implements. I have had people get me knives, spatulae, pots, etc. I would suggest going to a kitchen supply store and just browse. Find something weird that he would not buy for himself. Most cooks already have knives that they like (its the first purchase).

    Does he bake? If so, a Silpat mat is great! (and overpriced)
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    For a pocket knife, get a vintage USA made Schrade off of eBay. Well-built, good steel, nostalgic, and well within your budget. My daily pocket knife is a Schrade model 50T lock-back folder, pulled off of eBay for $10 shipped. Holds a sharp edge, and is a real solid feeling workhorse from yesteryear. I use it daily.

    Another, larger classic is the Buck 110 folding lock-back. Again - fish eBay for a vintage one. I've had mine since I was 16, and it is a hell of a knife.

    Here's one for $25.
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    Get him a SlapChop and a Graty. He will love your nuts.
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    A Buck 110 is a classic. and it's large enough to handle bigger jobs than the average small pocketknife. A new one would be a nice gift too.


    They're a bit heavy in your pocket - some people are fine with that, some aren't. It should come with a leather belt case, but again, different strokes....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Get him a SlapChop and a Graty. He will love your nuts.
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    You can't go wrong with a good cookbook, like this one from Momofuka Bistro in NY http://www.amazon.com/Momofuku-David..._ptcn_edpp_url
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    http://www.rei.com/product/794690 should take care of the pocket knife part. The big one will do all that most of us will need, and the smaller one is good if he works in an office.

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    Spyderco Tenacious.

    The flat ground blade with its shallow edge bevel will slice and dice very well. Pillar construction will make it easy to clean. 8Cr13MoV steel is very easy to sharpen, clean and maintain. Spyderco's heat-treatment is excellent, so the blade will hold a good working edge for a long while. The handle scales are made of G10 glass fibre composite that is environmentally inert and temperature stable. The unnested liners won't trap stuff inside the handle. The 3.1" blade is enough for most tasks and the blade/handle angle will lend itself to kitchen work.

    Knifeworks.com has them for about $35 shipped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    A Buck 110 is a classic. and it's large enough to handle bigger jobs than the average small pocketknife. A new one would be a nice gift too.


    They're a bit heavy in your pocket - some people are fine with that, some aren't. It should come with a leather belt case, but again, different strokes....
    The 110 comes with a nylon belt pouch, now.

    You can find Buck 110's at Wal-Mart for $30 or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BananaTugger View Post
    Knifeworks.com has them for about $35 shipped.
    Disregard that. Your Corner Store has them in stock again.

    http://yourcornerstore.com/index.php...ducts_id=16995
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    Not sub $50, but at $71.50, it's a hell of a deal and it's even got a Titanium blade.
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    Titanium is a poor blade material for anything other than submersible equipment.

    It'll either be too soft at around 45 RC, which will lead to crap edge retension, or too freaking hard and brittle after heat treatment to 70+ RC, which will lead to edge chipping as material breaks off during use.

    Unless you're diving, just get something with stainless or carbon steel.
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    I have a Boker Titanium knife set and yes, they do require care, but the edge is great, and I'm really happy with them. A good steel knife set, like Victorinox Carbon Steel also requires care, though, so this is a moot point. Fine cutlery always requires care. It's not like a $49 a set stainless steel knife set from China or elsewhere that you can just throw in a drawer. FLip side, take care of them, and you can slice raw beef so thin, it's almost transparent, and same with veggies.



    Quote Originally Posted by BananaTugger View Post
    Titanium is a poor blade material for anything other than submersible equipment.

    It'll either be too soft at around 45 RC, which will lead to crap edge , or too freaking hard and brittle after heat treatment to 70+ RC, which will lead to edge chipping as material breaks off during use.

    Unless you're diving, just get something with stainless or carbon steel.
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    My suggestions:
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    Forchner Victorinox is easy to sharpen and stain resistant. Their swiss army pocket knife is good too. If he cooks, he probably has enough. what about a mora at $10 or so or puukko? pretty and very handy and sharp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonez View Post
    Forchner Victorinox is easy to sharpen and stain resistant. Their swiss army pocket knife is good too. If he cooks, he probably has enough. what about a mora at $10 or so or puukko? pretty and very handy and sharp.
    A Frost Mora sounds good.
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    Since you wanted a pocket knife why don't you try the Benchmade Mini Griptilian? That's the one I have (in pink!) but they do come in black, brown, green, yellow, blue, and camo. The blade is 154cm which is a high carbon steel and is resistant to corrosion, holds it's edge very well and is not hard to sharpen. Blade shape is called drop point, in which the design allows for a strong tip and a good size belly for slicing. The handles are Valox, which is a type of plastic that looks cheap but is VERY durable and can take a beating and still has a very grippy surface to avoid slippage. There is jimping on top and bottom of the scales as well as a bit in the top of the spine of the blade, adding to the grip. It has the Axis lock, a Benchmade exclusive that is the strongest lock on the market. This knife has won knife of the year in 2002 (I forgot who awarded it).

    Benchmade has excellent customer service and will sharpen your knife for free as long as you own it for a $5 shipping fee. While it's there they will adjust it, clean it up and oil it all as a courtesy! And repairs that need to be made will also be taken care of before they send it back to you.

    Retail is about $90, above what your limit is but if you can get away with around $67 internet shopping you will be getting him a fantasic knife. This is Benchmades most popular series, the Griptilian. Good as an all around every day knife that is not too big to be uncomfortable for carry.

    The pink one is the Mini Grip. The one above it is the full size Grip with serrations.

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    [QUOTE=Siu Blue Wind;10131463]Since you wanted a pocket knife why don't you try the Benchmadedhttp://www.knifeworks.com/search.aspx?find=556

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