When I stood in my friends’ weddings in the 1980s and 1990s, I barely knew the difference between a quality knife and a tire iron. But I would have been pretty happy to get a really nice pocketknife as a groomsman’s gift.
Reader JP is getting hitched this spring, and he wants to give his groomsmen the gift that keeps on cutting: quality EDC knives. His (and my) question is, which one?
JP wrote us:
I am getting married at the end of April. As a groomsmen gift, I am heavily leaning towards giving each member a knife. Ideally I want something somewhat stylish, could be EDC, and performs well in most situations; an “all-purpose” knife.Something that 20 years from now they will still fondly use and appreciate, whether it ends up in the glovebox of the truck, in the belt loop at all times, or in a survival kit that saves the day when Daryl from the Walking Dead ain’t around.Any suggestions?
JP’s budget is in the fifty-dollar range, and he’s already thinking of the Scallion, Delica, Griptilian, and the Gerber Paraframe.
JP also asks:
Also, I told that it is traditional to tape a coin to the blade when gifting a knife, so that the recipient may give you the coin back and thus “buy” the knife from you. Supposedly this counters the superstition that give a knife as a gift will inevitably “cut the ties” of the friendship. Any truth or origins to that tradition?
I’ve heard of that tradition, although I’ve never kept stock in it myself. I’ve given and received lots of knives with no ill effects, but there’s nothing wrong with wrapping your gift knives in dollar bills and explaining the tradition to your groomsmen over scotch and cigars at your bachelor party. (And you’ll probably want some dollar bills for later on in the evening, if your friends have planned the evening well.)
I wouldn’t tape anything to the blade, though; the adhesive might not come off cleanly, and you’d hate for one of your best friends to slice himself while trying to clean the blade with his fingernail.
So, readers, let’s hear it: which knives would you give your groomsmen if you were tying the knot this year? I wish my old buddies had been as forward-thinking as JP, so let’s give him some good suggestions.