Buying presents for many of my friends is hard. They can afford anything I can get them, and their kids are usually well taken care of as well. But I find that truly custom gifts — photographs, knives, other works of art — work very well. This was made by my friend Nikolay for another friend’s seven year old daughter.
She will have plenty of use for it — whittling wood, opening plastic packages, cleaning fruit, hopefully not self-defense — and it will last her a lifetime. The steel came from a railway car coil spring.