Help (don't force) him stick it out to Eagle, neither of you will be disappointed. Remember, He will probably lose w/e you give him. Don't go nuts, but get him a a nice Viki. He'll figure what he likes and doesn't like and should be tasked with obtaining what he wants. Plus, if he works for it he'll be less likely to lose or abuse it. Don't forget that a non-locking blade helps learn proper technique in the beginning. I feel like if I'd jumped right into locking folders, not only would I have lost them, but I wouldn't have learned a few valuable lessons along the way (see scars). Some lessons need to be learned the hard way. Good Luck.