Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Hello. My son is asking for his own knife for his 11th birthday. The knife he has now was won at a carnival. While he was proud of it then, he’s out grown the quality. What recommendations do you have with these criteria: -Manual open. He thinks my assisted open and flipper or axis lock knives are cool (leek, mini grip) but he doesn’t think he’s ready for that. So a thumb hole or nail notch is preferable. -Locking. I think it’s safer. He doesn’t seem very confident in my frame lock, so maybe an older style back lock? -Used for whittling sticks, cutting twine or paracord, scout stuff. -<$50, used is fine -Decent enough steel for him to sharpen easily -“typical” EDC length. ~3” Ideas?