Father’s Day Gift Guide: Go Big or Go Home

In our final Father’s Day edition of Warehouse Hunts we’re looking at few knife options for those looking to go all out on the big day.

First up we have the king of the EDCs: the Spyderco ParaMilitary2, which won the 2015 crown in KnifeCenter’s Ultimate EDC tournament back in March. The thing is a perennial favorite; it combines fantastic functionality with solid construction, materials, and definitely punches above its price point. The blade is nearly three-and-a-half inches long and made from CPM-S30V steel, and the handle is textured G10 with a crazy versatile 4-way pocket clip. It’s easily one of my favorite knives ever.

The Benchmade 940 Osborne is another incredible carry option. It’s super slim and a breeze to carry around at under three ounces. I love the deep green color of the aluminum handle scales. The blade is three-point-four inches long and made from S30V stainless steel with a slim and interesting modified reverse tanto shape – very unique. Deployment is via the dual thumbstuds. My favorite part of the knife has to be the AXIS locking mechanism. It’s just so solid and easy to manipulate, and it provides a rare and refreshing level of ambidextrous functionality.

The LionSteel SR-1 stole my heart the minute I opened the package. The single-piece aluminum handle has great construction, a subtle, pleasing “rippled” texture, and a great overall hand-feel. Comes in several color schemes. The blade three-point-seven inches long and made from D2 Tool steel with a satin or black MilSpec finish. Deployed via the dual thumbstuds. Big fan of the frame-lock mechanism, which secures the blade with a satisfying certainty.

Finally, at the top of the Father’s Day gift Olympus we have the Rick Hinderer XM-18 flipper. Pretty much out of the realm of possibility for most of us gift-giving mortals, but mere image of Dad prying his jaw off the floor after unboxing one of these beasts is something to savor. The attractive wharncliffe blade is made from S35VN steel and the handle features a G-10 face scale and one of the smoothest titanium frame-locks I have handled. Hinderer designs are darlings of the current knife industry, and this blade is certainly something to strive for.

Overall, these are a few knives that really go the extra mile – or ten – when it comes to Father’s Day gifts.

Check out our entire Father’s Day Gift Guide at KnifeCenter.com!

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Ryan