Christmas Gifts: A Pocketknife
When I was young (but not too young, of course), I received my first pocketknife from my dad as a gift on a camping trip. I promptly lost it, but only because I insisted on carrying it everywhere with me and eventually misplaced it. I still love that purple knife, and I'm certain someone on your list could love a pocketknife, too. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Penknife - Fitting easily in a pocket this tiny blade can handle delicate work. This knife was originally designed to sharpen a quill pen, giving its name. A penknife is one of many styles of slipjoint knives. Other styles have distinctive names like Barlow, Congress, and Stockman. Each having a specific number and style of blades and tools. A slip joint allows the blade to hold open for light use, only closing with moderate pressure but containing no locking mechanism.
Multi-tool - Most styles and uses of multi-tool knives are known by their brands and/or manufacturers. The Victorinox Swiss Army or Leatherman Super Tool are two popular brands and styles you may instantly recognize. But there are many brands and options available.
Specialty knives -These may contain special applications for a certain hobby (like a whittler) or job (like an electrician).
Concerns - In today's security conscious environment, I'm sure that some of you are surprised that I've even suggested a pocketknife as a gift. I say, Use common sense. Don't give a knife to someone who shouldn't have a knife. Don't give a knife to a child without their parent's prior approval. Don't take a knife where security is a concern. (For example, don't take a knife to a courthouse, any other government building, a concert, a ballgame, an airport, or a school.) Research and know the local rules. Sometimes blades over three inches or locking blades are restricted, but smaller blades are allowed as a tool.
Everyday Providence's Twelve Days of Christmas
Day 1 - Flashlights and Batteries
Day 2 - Water
Day 3 - Pocketknife
Day 4 - Smoke Detectors
Day 5 - Generator
Day 6 - Backpack