French kitchen knife that he purchased at the Aerojet General company store. Previous Mother's Day gifts had been things like Corning Ware pan sets. Practical man, my dad. Recently, I managed to score a like-new Gerber French knife exactly like it and in its original presentation box. Here's the actual knife -- not my pictures, mine will follow -- but it's the knife I obtained. The knife is in pristine condition. Some light scratching from handling over the years, but this thing has never seen a stone or steel, and looks to have never actually been used. My wife has gotten used to unusual Mother's Day gifts over the years, and got all misty-eyed when I told her the story behind the first one I ever saw. I'm kinda pleased with it. Only now, it's gonna get used for what knives do.