Getting your first knife, one of the oldest tools known to man, is a rite of passage in Texas, seeing as carrying one is a mark of outdoor know-how. The two basic categories are pocketknives, perfect for everything from cutting rope to whittling a stick, and fixed blades, which are handy for field-dressing game and countless other ranch chores. All the handmade cutters below—not one of which has a plastic handle—would serve gracefully on the job or in a display case. 

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