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Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby Jasmar0331 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:29 am

Hi everyone...This is my first post here but I’ve been lurking for a while and couldn’t think of a better place to ask this question. So my best friend is getting married and he wants to get the groomsmen a nice knife as a gift. He’s looking for something all around including dressing it up. I recommended the SpydieChef. I think it fits that bill pretty decent but wanted you guys’ input. Let me know what you think about my choice or if you have a better idea. Thanks and happy to be here!

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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby GiftedMisfit » Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:51 am

The chaparral
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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby Evil D » Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:51 am

There are really nice Chaparrals but they are pricey.

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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby The Deacon » Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:52 am

Well, it depends on how much he wants to spend per knife. Spydiechefs would be around $220 each. You can get CF Chaparrals for around $130 each, the Rafir Noble version for $133 and, right now, both the plain stepped and blue stepped titanium versions can be found on closeout for around $200. All three are classy looking little gent's knives and great EDCs.
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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby jlw » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:01 am

Maybe the SS Kopa (which is on sale now) and get them engraved.


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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby TkoK83Spy » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:02 am

I agree Chaparral's in all variations are nice. Another nice looking/classy knife in my opinion is the Delica Pakkawood version from KnifeCenter.

Even cheaper, and actually what I carried on my wedding day last summer is the Centofante (around $70 I believe)

Depends how much of "knife people" the groomsmen are. If their not really into knives, if I were your friend I would avoid something as pricey as the Spydiechef...which is a bit more robust to be a classy carry. At least to me!
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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby FullFlatMind » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:06 am

The Chaparrals mentioned above are slim and classy. Great option as a gent knife. The blue stepped titanium version is absolutely gorgeous and the current clearance price is less than a Spydiechef.

Another great option that would cost between the Chap and Spydiechef is the Kapara. Beautiful CF scales, wire clip, and a unique blade shape. The Mantra 2 flipper has titanium handles and M4 steel. It's on sale at most places for less than the Chap.

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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby Evil D » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:16 am

I hate to ask this but something you may want to consider is, would any of these guys have an issue with their knife being made in Taiwan? Lots of folks still consider that a sign of poor quality. On the other hand it's an opportunity to educate someone if you think they'd be open minded about it.

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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby Wartstein » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:23 am

Another vote for the Chaparral. Even the lightweight version (which is also the cheapest) looks rather classy for an FRN knife.
The Chap is an amazing slicer, offers a lot of edge for the small package and for me very good ergos despite it being so slim.
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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby Pancake » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:38 am

Another vote for Chaparral. Even non knife people are not scared by this little cute knife. Carbon fiber version or LW are both good looking and quite affordable.
Other than that, Sage could be a good choice, you can get Sage 1 for quite a good price.
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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby DSH007 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:51 am

SpydieChef? Don't get me wrong, it's absolutely a great knife, but "gentleman edc" certainly doesn't jump to mind when I think of it..

As others have said, I think the Chaparral would be a great choice. When I have to "dress up," I usually carry my "Stealth" Ti Chap, which I think is really classy looking.

Or, perhaps a Native, or Sage if you wanted something a little bigger.. Idk, I guess it depends on what you think the group will enjoy.

I suppose there's no wrong choice when it comes to Spyderco.. I'd have been happy to have received any Spyderco knife as a groomsman's gift in the weddings that I was in..
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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby Sumdumguy » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:06 am

For a small gents knife, I can think of nothing better than the Baby Horn.

It's my favorite in that category. If not that, the Mantra 2 is nice and on sale. It might take more blade care than a non-knife person would want to deal with.

I would go Baby Horn.

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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby VooDooChild » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:08 am

Kapara is really nice, its unique. Also like most collaberations it will probably only be around for a few years unril its discontinued. So It might be more special to them years from now. Of course Ive been suprised the spydiechef hasnt been discoed yet as well.

I might suggest going with a chapparal lightweight or native 5 and pay a little extra for laser engraving on the blade. Some of the online retailers offer this and it would set them apart from the normal versions.
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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby Doc Dan » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:16 am

I’m going to take a different tac, here. Each one will have different needs and circumstances. I’d get the a Dragonfly Salt serrated edge with their names engraved from knifeworks. Or, regular black Dragonflies withe their names.

This would give them something extremely light I could be carried even in a suit pocket, or it would be suitable for bluejeans. It would give them something that is a regular pocket knife and not too big so as to be socially unacceptable.
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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby Haunted House » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:26 am

Some of the nicer delicas would be a good choice I think.
Like the ones with the wood handles, carbon fiber handles, Damascus blades, etc.
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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby JonLeBlanc » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:29 am

I think the advice to go smaller and away from the Spydiechef is a good idea. If I got a Spydiechef as a groomsman's gift I'd be happy because I like Spydercos, but I'd also think hmm...this? A nice Delica was the first thing to flash through my mind when I read the title of this thread, and would be a heck of a lot cheaper.
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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby anycal » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:30 am

Another vote for Chaparral.

Per D’s point, the Cruwear Native 5 is still available from Knifecenter. Golden made, great steel, and the smooth scales make it formal-ish. The steel may not matter to them, but perhaps they’ll start looking into it and realize what they have ;)

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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby sn0wman72 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:36 am

First thought is a Delica, maybe one with a scale color that aligns with the wedding colors? Second thought is a Chap

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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby Monty » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:45 am

Techno 2, blade short enough to be legal most places.

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Re: Gentleman EDC / Groomsman Gift

Postby steelcity16 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:55 am

Chapparal LW. The Sun and Moon Chapparal would have been nice but it isn't out yet. The G10 Dragonfly is another that would be cool. Maybe the BBS M390 Delica.
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