Knife owners will use words like edge retention, knife action, belly, bevel, drop point, spine, heft..., and metals and handle materials are important considerations. Knife qualities are instantly recognized, where workmanship and attention to detail are appreciated.
We never know what the next hunting/fishing/camping trip will bring. Perhaps it will be the best outing you have ever had, the one you remember fondly that becomes your most entertaining story to tell. Imagine how much better your experience would have been if you had your favourite gear with you and not the second rate stuff. Enjoy the fine things your have today.
What would you say is the best man-made invention throughout the ages? Some might say the electric light or the telephone or perhaps the automobile. But of course, we would argue that the best thing made by man is the cutting edge. The first knife-like tools were made in prehistoric times. These hand tools, or Oldowan, are the oldest known and said to have first appeared 2-3 million years ago. They were made by chipping stones to create a chopping or cutting edge and were typically made from a single "core" stone. These knives were made and used as needed and for hunting purposes and basic survival.
Whether Dad is a hardcore gear geek, thrill-seeker, hiker, adventurist or just a general outdoors person, every Dad needs a great blade. It is very likely, if you think back to your first knife, that it was Dad who gave it to you, probably with much pride and a few warnings about how to care for your knife. It would only be fitting then, to return the honour of giving Dad a knife for Father's Day.