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The Top 5 Iconic Outdoor Knives Your Dad Would Love To Have

If you have a dad who loves camping and the outdoors, there's a good chance that he'll appreciate a well-crafted knife. 

Well, the truth is, practically any dad would be happy to get a handsome blade just because. There's just something primal and utilitarian about this sharp tool that fathers find attractive, so if you want to get Pop a gift that will make him smile, any one of these iconic knives made famous by some of the most famous movies and characters ever made.

Popularized by the Winter Soldier in The Avenger movies, the Gerber Mark 2 is designed to be effective in combat and survival situations. Its long, black oxide double-edged blade, designed for piercing and stabbing, won't corrode from use while its die cast aluminum handle keeps it light but sturdy.  

Compliments Complaints
  • Built to last
  • Well-designed and military-grade
  • Made in the USA
  • A bit more expensive than the competition
  • A customer complained about quality control issues
  • A customer complained about a malformed sheath

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Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife

If you've ever seen an episode of MacGyver, then you know how handy a Swiss Army knife can be. While it may not be able to save you from a knife fight, it can certainly help you with most cutting jobs and fixing stuff.

Compliments Complaints
  • Great multi-tool
  • Small enough to be taken on most planes
  • Great giveaway or gift
  • Emblem and plastic portions tend to fall off
  • Newer ones not as well-crafted
  • Sizers tend to give out after a few months

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The Rustam Crocodile Dundee Outback Bowie Knife

This piece of steel gave birth to the quip "You call that a knife? This is a knife!". The Outback bowie, made famous by Crocodile Dundee, is certainly an intimidating piece and is no doubt adept at hacking and slicing. You'll have no trouble slaying and preparing wild game for survival with this one.

Compliments Complaints
  • Heavy enough for hacking jobs
  • Can be used as a display piece
  • Handsomely crafted handle
  • Can be illegal in some areas
  • A bit too big to carry around
  • Has to be oiled regularly to prevent corrosion

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Tom Brown Tracker

The Tom Brown Tracker was the weapon of choice in a knife fight to the death in the movie "The Hunted". Although it's unlikely that your dad will be using it for one, the Tom Brown Tracker is the best choice for skinning, carving, and all around camp work.


  • Made in the USA
  • Very useful
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Somewhat expensive
  • A customer complained of quality and design issues
  • Secondary bevel doesn't work as well for detail tasks near the handle.

This is a knife that needs no introduction. Used by John Rambo in First Blood, this bowie-style hollow handled knife is the perfect tool for all-around survival and combat purposes. If you're wondering why the spine is serrated, we'll just leave that up to your imagination.

Compliments Complaints
  • Very close replica of Rambo's knife
  • Comes well-packaged and very sharp
  • Comes with a genuine leather sheath
  • Made in China
  • Some customers complain that the blade is not as sturdy
  • Some customers complained of quality control issues