The Holidays are rapidly approaching and, if you’re like most people, you’re scrambling to find gift ideas that don’t suck. Rather than socks, neckties, and gift cards that will never be used, consider stuffing the stockings of your friends and family with knife-related accessories. After all, everyone owns and uses knives of some sort, so gifts that help them keep those knives sharp, rust-free, and in good working order are a good thing. Even better, many of those gifts are reasonably priced, so you don’t have to break the bank to make someone happy.
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Cutlery users range from casual cooks with butcher blocks full of dull knives to hardcore collectors and knife enthusiasts. No matter which end of the spectrum you’re trying to please, these 10 knife-related gifts should help you find something for everyone on your list.
Outdoor Edge Sharp-X Sharpener
For many, knife sharpening is an elusive skill, so giving them a simple, easy-to-use sharpener that actually works will make you an instant hero. The Outdoor Edge Sharp-X fits the bill perfectly. This pocket-sized draw-through sharpener includes both coarse tungsten carbide bits to reshape a dull blade quickly and fine ceramic rods that finish the blade to a razor’s edge. Just place the blade into each slot and hold it vertically while you draw the edge through from heel to tip. The abrasives automatically set the proper angle and take all the guesswork out of the process. A rubber finger hold and non-slip rubber feet ensure complete control throughout the process.
Husky 23-Piece Precision Screwdriver Set
Most folding knives are assembled with small specialty fasteners like Torx® or “star” screws. Adjusting those screws, switching the position of pocket clips, and — for the really ambitious — disassembling and reassembling those knives requires a proper toolkit with all the right sizes and shapes of drivers. The Husky 23-Piece Precision Screwdriver Set includes all the Torx drivers needed for working on folding knives, as well as precision flat-blade, Phillips, and hex/Allen bits suitable for other detailed jobs. The bits are nicely organized in a plastic case and come with a high-quality ratchet-style driver.
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Bill’s Custom Cases 16-Knife Collection Attaché
Knife collectors often have a hard time finding ways of storing and transporting their knives. This high-quality attaché solves that problem in style. Crafted from durable Cordura nylon and featuring 16 fleece-lined pockets, it accepts folding knives up to 4″ when closed. A Velcro closure on the case flap keeps the knives securely in place and ensures complete protection.
Break Free CLP Needle Applicator
Folding knives need high-quality lubrication to operate properly. The challenge is getting that lubricant exactly where you want it and not applying too much. This needle-style applicator allows you to apply high-quality Break Free CLP lubricant with pinpoint accuracy and precise control.
Richard Kell Solid Brass Bevel Gauge
Understanding edge angles is an important aspect of sharpening — especially if you’re trying to maintain the exact angle of your knife’s existing factory edge. To do that, you need to measure the current angle accurately. Laser goniometers (measuring devices that split a laser beam to measure the edge angle) cost hundreds of dollars and aren’t practical for the average knife user. Instead, consider this simple bevel gauge, which features a number of notches with precision-machined included angles. Just place your edge in the various notches and compare the angle of its edge bevels to the sides of the notch until you find the closest match. Then, set up your sharpening device to replicate that angle. Painstakingly machined from solid brass, the Richard Kell Bevel Gauge is an excellent and inexpensive tool for all knife enthusiasts.
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Gripster Holding Tool
Holding onto the tiny clip or assembly screws used on most folding knives can be challenging — especially if you’ve got big sausage fingers. The Gripster device from Micro-Mark, a cool company that specializes in all types of tools for precision hobby work, makes that job much easier. When you push on the syringe-style plunger on the top of the tool, four spring steel prongs extend like tiny fingers from the tip. Position them around the head of a pesky screw, release the plunger, and they grip it tightly. You can now start the screw with much greater precision and control than with fingers alone. Best of all, a set of three of these handy tools is less than $10.00!
Sentry Solutions Hi-Slip Synthetic Grease
For some knife lubrication jobs, oil isn’t good enough. For example, the detent ball on LinerLock folding knives drags across the tang of the blade every time the knife is opened. Oil helps reduce that focused friction, but a good grease is thicker and stays in place longer. Sentry Solutions Hi-Slip Grease is perfect for this application and comes in a syringe-style tube for controlled, pinpoint application.
Savvy knife fans swear by Flitz Polish for all their polishing and cleaning needs. Whether you’re cleaning rust, tape residue, or minor scratches off your blades, polishing guards or bolsters, or even buffing up handle scales, Flitz does it all. It’s also non-toxic, non-flammable, USDA approved, and available in everything from pocket-sized tubes to five-gallon cans. Shine on!
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Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker
The Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker is the most versatile and easy-to-use sharpener on the market. It comes complete with medium and fine-grit ceramic stones, brass safety rods, a detailed instructional booklet, and a how-to DVD. It both also offers 30 and 40-degree included sharpening angles and a 12.5-degree angle for scissors. If it cuts, this sharpener will make it cut better.
Happy Holidays! Shop on!!!
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