If there’s one thing men are known for, it’s their obsession with tools. It could be that new drill with a 25-horsepower motor or the new table saw that costs as much as a small car. Either way, a man is known by his tools.
That means shopping for dad is a relatively simple endeavor. You may think he wants a new pink sweater vest with matching purple tie, but you’d be wrong. When he’s not tinkering around with a gun, he wants some hard wood or cold steel in his hands—something made for work. Even when dad’s playing, he’s still working—so give him what he really wants.
Because we really know dads, Game & Fish has compiled a list of the best tools and blades to give the padre in your life this Father’s Day. Give him one of these great gifts and you’re sure to make this Father’s Day one to remember.
Available in an orange, molded and ultra-durable Valox handle, the 585 comes with a black or stainless finish drop-point blade with ambidextrous thumb studs. It’s the perfect carry knife for any outdoorsman and is built to last. Whether you’re doing some work around the house or hunting out in the woods, the 585 is a great buy for Father’s Day.
As Gerber says on its website, you could get away with a lesser tool. But why run the risk of all the cussing and fuming when you can own the mac daddy of all multi-tools? Look no further than the Gerber Diesel for the dad in your life who needs a beefy, reliable multi-tool.
Sound like a crazy long list? That’s because it is. It’s enough to make the dad, outdoorsman and shooter in your life drool for days (trust me, that’s a good thing).
Price: $ 120
One of the coolest new products for 2013 is the SOG Fling, a throwing knife with a handle wrapped in nylon cord. How much nylon cord? Seven feet, to be exact. If you add that up with a pack of three knives, that’s 21 feet of rope—just enough for a precarious survival situation.
As a dad, this is the kind of knife that makes you smile. The touch of orange on the handle makes it visible in the wild, and the leather sheath keeps it fastened to your hip in the worst of conditions. This is the big game hunter’s ideal belt knife.
But like everything else, things change with time. In the case of the SwissTool Spirit by Victorinox, that's definitely a good thing. The Spirit is an outdoorsman's dream—it comes with just about every tool imaginable, you can easily access each implement without opening the pliers and it has a highly functional locking system for added safety. The tool is built with a bend to fit the contour of the human hand, and rounded edges on the frame keep it from digging into your flesh when giving it a good workout. This is absolutely one of the best multi-tools on the market.