The first knife to give your kid

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

  1. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Kids generally don't have good dexterity when very young from my observations. As others have said, it depends on the young person, where they live, their likes, and maturity level. The knife should fit their circumstances. As things change with interest, there is time for a new knife.
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  2. Welshie12


    Jan 15, 2020
    I did suggest karate lessons for him a few years ago but his mother thought dancing would be more appropriate as it's not violent :rolleyes: she doesn't know about our little lesson and I did tell him that avoiding needing to do it in the first place was much better. Maybe it's avoidance that is why he hasn't had any trouble since. Anyway I hope it's all over now :thumbsup:
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  3. Mikael W

    Mikael W Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    There are other disciplines than karate if his mother doesn't approve. Check out Aikido, a strictly selfdefense Budo sport.

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  4. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    The first knife I gave my son, at 10 Years old, was a Queen Cutlery three blade Stockman.
    His first fixed blade, at 12, was a Bark River Gameskeeper.
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  5. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I got my own Case (a barlow) a little prior to 10 and used it heavily trapping, and later small game and deer hunting after age 13. Did the Gameskeeper correspond to his start of hunting?
  6. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2006

    Sure did. Became a superb first hunting knife. He was a fairly large lad at 13, and it fit his hand well.
  7. inkynate


    Sep 4, 2010
    My twins (boy/girl,) started with Vic Classics when they were ~6. When they were a bit older they got some larger hand-me-down SAKs, a Hiker and a Camper iirc. Next, ~11-12 they each got an assisted Kershaw, lol. A Chive for my daughter and an AM4 for my son.

    This year they're turning 14 and they'll probably get their first Spydercos. Will most likely let them each pick something from my collection, (while maintaining veto powers of course :)).
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  8. TheTourist

    TheTourist Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 23, 2019
    upload_2020-2-22_9-25-7.jpeg I was eight years old when my dad gave me my first knife. It was a Cub Scouts folder, and I still have it. It has seen a fair bit of mileage.

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  9. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    When my son was 8 he got a Case Boyscout backlock.

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  10. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I would give a SAK for a starter for a young child. I don't think 5 or 6 is to young if the child shows interest in knives and at least a little responsibility. If they showed no interest, I wouldn't give them a knife-same for adults
    If their dad carries and uses a certain knife they may very well prefer something similar for theirs , but I still think a SAK makes a good starter if specific likes and desires are not known
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  11. marcus52AR

    marcus52AR Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    I'm thinking of grabbing a cold steel tuff lite mini for my 5 yo son. He's smart and responsible, and into knives like his Dad.

    Slip join knives seem like a recipe for band aids and tears. I'd rather get him something with a good lock.
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  12. RustyIron


    Dec 4, 2019
    My grandfather gave me this knife over fifty years ago. I must have been 5-7 years old. It was used at the time, and he gave me an old stone to go with it. I had a lot of fun with the knife and learned a lot of stuff.

    It makes sense to give a kid an old knife that isn't like a razor. (S)he's going to get cut anyway, so it's best to lessen the risk. Let the kid grind away on it with a stone, and figure it all out.

  13. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    I like the design of these swiza kids multitools... and the tool selection seems useful
  14. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    Sebenza small
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  15. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    lol, a seb for a kid is asking for heartbreak - I bet kids under 14 have a 50% chance to lose them
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  16. Prokskee


    Jan 8, 2020
    I love my mini tuff lite and always carry it but I think the lock might be a little to stiff for a 5 yr old
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  17. neo71665


    Feb 18, 2020
    My first knife was an uncle henry golden spike. I won it in a drawing dad entered me in when I was 2. I didn't get it till I was about 10.

    My first pocket knife was some small old timer. I got it when I was 8 or 9. It's out in the cow pasture somewhere. Not really worth looking for as by the time I had lost it in my teens one blade was broke and the other 2 were ground to just about nothing from me learning to sharpen it.

    My son 11, got a buck 110 when he was 6 but I still don't trust him. He's too much like his mother with his head in video game la la land nonsense all the time. My 4 year old step son I'd trust with it more right now. He will most likely get the same when he turns 6, time will tell if he will be allowed to carry it.
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  18. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    I agree with your concern that the Tri-Ad lock might be tough for children. Heck, it’s tough for some adults that aren’t used to folding knives. Once I saw someone who couldn’t safely disengage the Recon 1’s lock, and it was a scary sight.

    If you can trust the youngster with it, the Delica 4 would be an excellent choice in my opinion. Or if you want to go the fixed blade route, I can also recommend the Izula (I love mine). Of course, don’t forget supervision and teaching knife safety. :) Cheers, man.
  19. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    When my niece turned 14, my "tight fisted":rolleyes: brother bought her an "El Cheapo" Ka-Bar for her first hunting knife.

    But not to worry, "Uncle Ben" came through and gave her a Bob Dozier KS-1 Master Skinner .:):thumbsup::)
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  20. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    Nice. Surely the 7 in. Kabar Fighting Knife must come next. :D

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