The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2017 [UNDER $50]

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The Case XX SodBuster Jr.

We don’t need to tell you that everyone needs a rock-solid pocketknife to whittle, perform a ridiculous number of daily tasks, or just to show off to buddies when they need to cut open some packaging. Thing is, great looking, high-quality knives are expensive, right? Actually, they’re not.

For an heirloom quality knife with a vaunted steel blade that’s made in the USA by one of the most collected brands in the history of cutlery, you only have to shell out around 25 bucks, depending on the options.

W.R. Case has been handcrafting the Sod Buster and its little brother, the Sod Buster Jr., in its Bradford, Pennsylvania, factory for forever and a day. The Sod Buster Jr. is based on a classic knife folding pattern with no locking mechanism. The “Jr.” is an excellent sized knife for pocket carry, with a 3 and 5/8 inches closed length and a 2 and 5/8 blade.

Case offers this knife with a wide array of attractive handle materials and blades in either its classic Chrome Vanadium or Tru-Sharp Stainless Steel. The stainless is a bit easier to maintain and holds a razor-sharp edge, while collectors seem to prefer the even sharper CV option, which develops a patina over time.

You can’t really go wrong with this knife, especially given the extremely reasonable price for a hand-crafted, American made piece of hardware. This is quite literally a collectible and something that can be passed down from generation to generation.

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