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Knives for Dads: Awesome Fathers Day Gift Ideas

For many dads, there’s nothing quite like a quality knife. Whether he’s an avid outdoorsman, a chef in the making, or just someone who appreciates a well-crafted tool, a good knife is an essential part of any man’s collection. Besides the functionality aspect, it can become an heirloom passed down from generation to generation, creating a lasting legacy for your family.

The best knives for dads meet their specific needs and preferences while providing functionality, durability, and quality. The knives should be highly versatile, offering several use cases like hunting, fishing, and camping. An excellent example of a dad’s knife is the HDMD utility chef knife. This knife features ultra-sharp high-carbon steel that ensures the durability needed with a size manageable for most hands. 

This article will explore the world of knives for dads and offer tips on what to look for when selecting the perfect blade for your old man. So, if you’re hunting for a Father’s Day gift that will make your dad proud, read on!

What to look for in a knife

When selecting a knife for your dad, there are a few additional factors to consider to ensure you choose a blade he will appreciate and use. 

Here are some things to look for:

  • Intended use: Consider your dad’s hobbies and interests to determine the type of knife he would most likely use. Is he an avid outdoorsman, a home cook, or a DIY enthusiast? Select a knife that fits his interests and intended use.
  • Blade material: The type of steel used to make the blade is an important consideration. Different steels have different properties, such as hardness, corrosion resistance, and toughness. Some common high-quality steels for knife blades include VG-10, 154CM, and 65Mn.
  • Blade balance: The knife’s balance refers to how weight distributes along the length of the blade. A well-balanced knife will feel comfortable and natural in your hand, allowing for better control and precision during use.
  • Tang: The tang is the blade part extending into the handle. A full tang, where the tang extends the handle’s full length, is typically preferred for its strength and durability.
  • Blade size: The blade size should be appropriate for the knife’s intended use. For example, a larger blade may be better for heavy-duty tasks like chopping wood, while a smaller blade may be more appropriate for precision cutting.
  • Handle material: The handle should be made from a durable material that provides a comfortable and secure grip. Besides wood, you can also consider synthetic materials that are more durable like G10 and Micarta.

Best kitchen knives for dads

While folding and pocket knives are popular among dads, kitchen knives are also excellent gift ideas. Here are some recommendations you can get your dad this coming fathers day. 

HDMD utility chef knife

The HDMD Utility Chef Knife is built with ultra-sharp high-carbon steel, making it the ideal tool for all kinds of chefs. Its versatile design can handle everything from fish scaling to mincing herbs, making it the perfect day-to-day cutting instrument.

HDMD™ - Utility Chef Knife
HDMD™ – Utility Chef Knife

Say goodbye to finger fatigue caused by bulky knives that are difficult to maneuver. With its manageable size, the HDMD Utility Chef Knife will easily slide into any collection. At 28 cm (11 inches) in length, with a blade length of 16 cm (6.3 inches) and a handle length of 12 cm (4.7 inches), this knife is the ideal size for any kitchen.

Crafted from 65Mn high carbon steel, the HDMD Utility Chef Knife is built to last. The blade’s hardness of 56-58HRC ensures that it retains its sharpness even after prolonged use. The handle is made from black pakkawood, which looks stylish and provides a comfortable grip, reducing the risk of hand fatigue during extended use.

Main features: 

  • Ultra-sharp high-carbon steel blade
  • Perfect size for all kinds of chefs, including dads
  • Versatile and able to handle a range of cutting tasks


  • High-quality construction and durable materials
  • Versatile and able to handle a range of cutting tasks
  • Comfortable grip for extended use
  • Ultra-sharp blade that retains its sharpness even after prolonged use


  • High carbon steel, while less likely to flex, cracks and develops rust relatively fast

HDMD Serbian chef knife

Looking for a durable and precise knife to add to your collection? Look no further than the HDMD Serbian chef knife. Made with high-carbon steel and a fine edge for precise culinary cuttings, this knife is a must-have for any dad who enjoys cooking like a master chef.

HDMD™ – Serbian Chef Knife

Crafted through hours of labor and a repeated hammering process, the blade of this knife is both rugged and refined. The fine edge of this Serbian chef knife has been expertly sharpened to ensure precise culinary cutting, allowing you to slice and dice with the skill of a master chef.

With a total length of 28 cm (11 inches) and a weight of 345 ± 20 grams (0.76 ± 0.05 pounds), this knife strikes the perfect balance between size and usability. The handle is made of sleek black pakkawood, which looks great and provides a comfortable grip while you work.

Main features:

  • Hand-forged high-quality, high-carbon steel
  • Handle with scales made from black pakkawood
  • Rugged appearance due to the repeated hammering process and hours of labor placed into each knife. 


  • Made with high carbon steel for superior durability and knife retention.
  • A fine edge sharpened for precise culinary cuttings.


  • High-carbon steel is more likely to crack and rust. 

Top brands to consider

Besides HDMD, we also have other brands that make high-quality knives for dads. Here’s a brief overview of these brands. 

  • Wusthof: This German brand has been around since 1814 and is known for producing high-quality knives that are durable and reliable. Their knives are made from stainless steel and come in various styles, from chefs to paring knives.
  • Shun: Shun is a Japanese knife brand famous for its precision and attention to detail. Their knives are made using the traditional Japanese technique of samurai sword-making, resulting in sharp and well-balanced blades.
  • Global: Global knives are known for their unique design, with a handle molded to fit the hand for a comfortable and secure grip. Their knives are made from high-quality stainless steel and are known for their exceptional balance and control.

Knife accessories you can get

Knife accessories to get for your dad

When it comes to dad knives, a few essential accessories can help enhance the longevity and functionality of the knife. 

Here are some of the most popular knife accessories for dad knives:

  1. Sharpening tools: Sharpening your dad’s knife regularly is crucial for maintaining its edge and ensuring that it performs at its best. A sharpening stone or honing rod are popular options for sharpening dad knives, and they come in various materials and grits to suit different needs. Check out this premium whetstone from HDMD.
  2. Knife sheath: A knife sheath can help protect your dad’s knife when it’s not in use and keep it from getting damaged or dull. Leather, nylon, and Kydex are all popular materials for knife sheaths, and they can be custom-fit to your dad’s knife for optimal protection.
  3. Knife storage: Keeping your dad’s knives organized and safely stored is important for preventing damage or injury. A magnetic knife strip or knife block are great options for storing dad knives, and they come in various sizes and materials to suit different kitchen or workshop setups.


In conclusion, a good knife is essential to any dad’s collection. When selecting a knife, it’s important to consider the blade material, balance, bevel, tang, bolster design, and handle material. The HDMD Utility Chef Knife and the HDMD Serbian Chef Knife are two excellent options that offer high-quality craftsmanship and durability. Additionally, investing in knife accessories like sharpening tools and knife sheaths can help maintain the longevity and performance of your knife. 

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HDMD™ - Serbian Chef Knife

HDMD™ - Utility Chef Knife

HDMD™ - Hand Forged Chef Knife

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