Little knife gift suggestions...

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I'm looking to buy a friend of mine a knife for Christmas. There's a bit of a story here, so bear with me.

This friend of mine was at first very much NOT a knife person. She always thought it was strange that I almost always had one on me. But the good part was that she wasn't an irrational person. After using some of the famous James Mattis arguements, I gave her the "knife challenge"

I gave her one of my knives (Spyderco Carbon Fiber Dragonfly) and told her to carry it with her for two weeks. I told her that if after two weeks, she couldn't see a reason to carry a knife that I wouldn't bug her about it again.

After about 3 days she told me how comforting it was to have it clipped to her pocket, even if she wasn't using it. I think you guys can see where this is going. Eventually, 2 weeks turns into a little over a month of her carrying the knife, and really enjoying it. Eventually, she gave it back to me, because she didn't want to get too attached to a knife that wasn't hers. So to me, the only logical thing to do is to get her a replacement.

Now, plain edged carbon fiber dragonflys are NOT easy to get ahold of, and I'm not sure I want to spend that much money on someone I'm not, err, "involved" with. Besides, I don't think she'd like the idea of me spending that much on her. So I was thinking of a Dragonfly with the stainless handles instead.

But, I thought I'd ask the forumites to bless me with their infinite knowledge and see what they would suggest. There are a few caveats:

1. Under $75.00

2. Plain Edge (She absolutely doesn't like serrations)

3. Small. She has small hands, and to her, my BM 940 is a "big knife"

4. Non-Scary. This is subjective, but a serrated Cricket is scary in her her eyes
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5. Must be a folder. I was considering a Running Dog neck knife, but I don't think she's ready for a fixed blade of any size.

Any ideas? I'm torn between dragonfly and Mouse. Spyderco seems to be the king of "cute lil' knives" but please let me know if I'm overlooking another company.

Thanks all...
tom
 
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Try a traditional style clasp knife. Case, Queen and Boker all have excellent knives like this, most under $50.00 and are usually very pretty if you get stag or bone scales. They are absolutely non-threating to look at and very functional. Sometimes the classic pocket knife is the best choice.
 
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The stainless steel Dragonfly is an excellent choice. Or, how about an Almite Navigator? Prettier than the G-10 version and definitely non-threatening. Heck, why not an aluminum Cricket (Milarm.com still has them)? Oh, right, these are all Spydies.
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The CRKT Titanium Mirage is a pretty good little knife, too.

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Give her your carbon-fiber Dragonfly (that you already know she likes), and use that as an excuse to buy yourself a new knife-what's next on your wish list?
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If she likes to carry it, she may want to use it. Better to try something that is not smooth/ slippery to hold onto. Especially if she likes to maintain nice nails. Actually, the FRN Dragonfly or the FRN Cricket in plain edge may do it. It worked for me.
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How about the FRN handled Dragonfly?
Same basic knife, lighter weight, and less $$$.

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Posted by Mr. Mattis some time ago:
Grass-roots missionary work!
Besides, getting knifeless people properly equipped is a subset of "clothing the naked," one of the classic Good Deeds.

Excellent job!
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How about a plain-edge Spydie Native? I lent mine to a friend a while back and ended up giving it to her because she liked it so much. Now she absolutely won't go anywhere without it, and likes to fiddle with it at her desk at work.

I believe a Native can be got for about 45 bucks, and comes in plain edge.
I have tiny hands (I buy my snowboarding gloves from the children's department) and don't consider it to be overly large.
The nice thing about the Native is the considerable integral choil. Even if the blade accidentally folds for some reason while you are using it, you have your index finger in the cutout created by the blade and handle, which stops it from closing the rest of the way and cutting you.

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I don't believe that's scary at all. Then again, I think Civilians are "cute".
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If you think she'll find the size or style too intimidating, I'd go with the FRN-handled Dragonfly. Stainless handles are slippery, heavy, and though they look nicer at first, they show wear (scratches) much more obviously than their plastic counterparts IMHO.
 

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How about a BM330s, its small enough, and won't freak her out.

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I think the Spyderco LTW. Calypso Jr. would be perfect. It also has the benefit of a VG-10 blade.

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Scratch my last post. I agree with fudo,the Calypso Jr. Lightweight is the way to go.

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Just a thought - what about a SAK "Classic" this is very "non-threatening" and very useful and cheap as a gift or entry level knife... another thought would be a Gerber
standard L.S.T. no teeth and a good edge handles feel ok in smaller hands also cheap enough. Good luck !

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I have not met a woman who doesn't like the Cricket. They think it's "cute", and it is light, low-cost and high performance.
 
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bteel -- Fiberglas Reinforced Nylon I believe. This is a fancy way of saying "plastic" IMHO
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I don't trust the liner locks on the new crickets, they just don't feel right, and that hurts to say because I'm a huge Spydie fan. If the aluminum one was easier to find...maybe. She wasn't a big fan of my Cricket. Native wasn't her cup of tea either. I may have made a big mistake here and let her borrow a "pretty" knife. I think she'd be disappointed in a FRN dragonfly after carrying that perty Carbon Fiber one around.

This particular lady is quite stylish, and as hot as it would be to see her carrying a Red Limited Edition T&A Sifu in a strong side concealex rig, that just ain't gonna happen
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I might just go for broke and get the Mouse.
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But the Calypso Jr. idea is perfect. I might have to go with the Micarta one though. It's more appealing to me anyways. Thanks for all your help.

Maybe she'll return the favor and get me one of those generic knives made by some guy named Chris Reeve.
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Originally posted by TomMarker:
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1. Under $75.00

2. Plain Edge (She absolutely doesn't like serrations)

3. Small. She has small hands, and to her, my BM 940 is a "big knife"

4. Non-Scary. This is subjective, but a serrated Cricket is scary in her her eyes
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5. Must be a folder. I was considering a Running Dog neck knife, but I don't think she's ready for a fixed blade of any size.

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OK,
I'm going to be different AGAIN - how about a small Gents type knife?

Like http://www.agrussell.com/agrussell/a325.html

or their "Mini Lockback"
http://www.agrussell.com/agrussell/ag510.html

which isn't a bad knife - a tad small for my hand but...

Charlie


 
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One of the coolest little knives...... The Spyderco Michael Walker Lightweight. Here is the stat's: SP37PBK; 2 1/2" AUS-8 Stainless Steel (hardness 58 - 60) plain edge blade. Zytel handle and clip. Closed Length is 3-5/8" and weighs a whopping 1.6 oz.

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The knife in the pic is mine ~ and it's serrated....... The SP37PBK is the plain edge version......

Awesome little knife in the $45 - $50 price range!
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Good luck in your hunt ! !
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