In 1939, advertising executive Joseph Gerber turned his hobby of making kitchen knives for his most prized clients into a company. Hewn in honor of Gerber's 75th anniversary, the 39 Series Sheath Folder's nickel-plated zinc handle and 3.8-inch stainless steel blade pay tribute to those first creations. Heritage aside, the locking knife is well-balanced and steady in hand, just as capable shaving down a tent stake as it is slicing an apple. [$111;amazon.com]