The first knife to give your kid

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by DangerZone98, Feb 19, 2020.

  1. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    Mine was an Endura 4 my old man gave me when I was 13-ish, and I still treasure that knife to this day. It’s not in the most pristine condition now, but I kept it oiled and generally well-maintained years later. I don’t plan on having kids anytime soon, but I’ll definitely pass the knife on if the knife still works.

    What knife would you give to your son or daughter? What do you think is the right age for this gift?
  2. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    Victorinox Tinker or similar. Age 8-ish.
  3. Fisher1573


    Sep 13, 2012
    With supervision, 6. My daughter is 5 amd she gets to use mine when I'm with her. I think I'll get her an Opinel for her birthday.
  4. l1ranger

    l1ranger Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 27, 2017
    i think they need to show some interest in knives for it to be meaningful

    I got a case jack knife when i was 8, unfortunately it was lost in a house fire when I was 11.
    I have two daughters - the oldest got a kershaw leek when she turned 18 - having never showed interest until a few months before. it was bout the same time she started to become interested in camping, kayaking, etc.

    the youngest has no interest in any of it
  5. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    I gave my boy his first motorcycle before I ever gave him a knife. The first knife was a Buck 110.

    The first knife I gave my grandson, at age 6, was an Opinel No.6. Then a Marttiini Little Classic, a Victoriox Recruit, and most recently, a Maserin Plow in bocote.
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  6. Rich S

    Rich S

    Sep 23, 2005
    definitely a SAK
  7. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I got a crappy dollar store Vic knockoff at age 7.
    My dad felt I was ready and went with a slipjoint because he knew I needed to learn how to properly use a knife.
    If you can use a cheap wiggly piece of junk without it falling apart or closing on your fingers then you're obviously using it right.

    If I was going to give a kid their first knife when I decided they were ready it would absolutely be a slipjoint.
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  8. The Aflac Duck

    The Aflac Duck

    Feb 27, 2014
    Gotta laugh at the thread title and the OP username:D

    But on a serious note... I had a multi tool when I was around eight (?) and used the heck out of it. Had a cheap sharpening stone that I’d do my best to keep things sharp. At that age, I probably got more use out of the other tools and not the blade itself. Would probably give my own kid something similar.
  9. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    That’s awesome!
    (Unless he was 30 when you gave him that bike. ;))
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  10. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    If I had to do it again I’d go with a Mora companion. One of the flourescent ones with the hard sheaths. Fixed blades are safer than slip joints. The handle is grippy the hard plastic sheath is very safe as well.
  11. GermanyChris


    Feb 18, 2015
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  12. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I have set this Rough Rider away for my Grandsons next Birthday gift .
  13. CanadaKnifeGuy


    Jan 27, 2019
    They are just SUPER slicey and excellent at piercing.

    I'd hate for a hyperactive kid to bounce around with one. A SAK will fold under pressure. That would be my choice.

    A Companion is really the only knife I've ever cut myself on, with with only a moment's inattention.

    Something shorter and 20°per side and thicker stock would be my first fixed blade choice.

    Something like a BK14. Not too stabby and shorter blade length.

    JUST IN CASE of a slip or fall.
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  14. Welshie12


    Jan 15, 2020
    I've got my daughter a pink my first victorinox (rounded tip blade, saw and one of those combination cap lifters I think) not long after she was born because there was talk of banning internet knife sales and I didn't know where else I would get her one if they did. She is nearly 3 and will probably get it when she is 6-7 or so. Or earlier and I'll carry it with me so she can use it under supervision when she is out on the farm with me opening bales or something. Have bought my son (4 months old) one as well in blue seeing as I got one for his sister.
    I was about 4 maybe a bit older when my dad gave me my first knife. It was a really old carbon steel and bone handled little slip joint thing. I remember it like it was yesterday and he told me not to tell my mother. I loved that little thing and I can still tell you roughly where I lost it :( dad probably thought little of giving it to me but to me it finally felt like I was a grown up because I had a knife and could help feed the cattle by opening the bales myself :D had a few cheap things after but was given my first victorinox sak when I was about 8. I now know it was a huntsman and mostly used the saw to make dens and bows and arrows or spears in the woods. I remember being a bit scared of the big blade and mostly using the small one for cutting things. Great little knife for a kid :cool:
    A 'friend' stole it on a sleepover a few years later :mad::mad::mad::mad:
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  15. JD Bear

    JD Bear Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2015
    I was thinking about a Buck 503. I think it's a good size for a first knife. My daughter rides horses so there are a lot of Case knives that have engravings that she would like, but they're mostly trappers and that would be a little large for a nine year old. They'll be able to pick whatever one they want out of my collection when it's time.
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  16. CanadaKnifeGuy


    Jan 27, 2019
    Victorinox Equestrian might be ok... But then you've always got a horse shit stinking knife in your pocket... :eek:
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  17. CanadaKnifeGuy


    Jan 27, 2019
    Mora Eldris would be an excellent first fixed blade, if the kids hands are big enough for the stout handle.
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  18. JD Bear

    JD Bear Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2015
    Yeah, I was thinking about that. No one wants to smell like poop of any kind. She's been eyeing up my GEC's and anything I'm actually happy Case makes so many horrible (to me, because I'm not a nine year old girl) purple and pink knives these days.
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  19. CanadaKnifeGuy


    Jan 27, 2019
    A pink Izula with black G10 scales would be pretty kick-ass.

    I want to get one for my wife, but I know she'd never use / carry it.
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  20. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    I got my kids the ones they wanted.

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