I’m gonna offer a slightly different approach here. I’m fairly new to knives, but I’ve been a watch enthusiast for many, many years. When my son expressed interest in getting his first watch a few years ago, rather than trying to find something I thought he’d like...I got him involved in the entire process. Now, he was a bit older than your son and away at college at the time, but I’d text him some pics as ideas. He’d tell me what he liked and didn’t like, and would text me photos of watches that had caught his eye. I was able to “steer” him toward better brands and teach him what to look for....and in turn, he gained a much better appreciation for quality and craftsmanship. When he came home on break or we went to visit him, we’d spend a day visiting ADs and looking at watches. We’d stop for lunch and essentially make an afternoon of it. In the end, he got a watch that he absolutely loves and is proud to own. For me, I like to believe that every time he wears it he’s reminded of the time we spent together during the “hunt”....the father/son bonding that went into finding him just the right watch. When I finally gifted it to him, I like to think it already had a backstory and sentimental value attached to it by way of the many hours we spent together....and based on the way he cares for it several years later, I believe it means more to him because of the journey we shared to find it. I dunno, maybe I’m romanticizing things a bit. The funny thing is that had I bought 100 watches for him....I never would’ve come close to getting the one he really wanted. Anyway, I’m just tossing the idea out there. My son still hasn’t shown any interest in knives (guns? All day every day...but that ain’t happening just yet). If he told me tomorrow that he wanted a knife for his birthday, I think I’d take the same approach and get him involved in the hunt. Not just for the learning experience it would provide him....but for the bonding experience and the memories I think we’d both treasure for many years to come. Again, just sharing some thoughts. Regardless of the approach, enjoy the hunt....and know that because it came from “Dad”, it’s always gonna be special to him. Good luck!