Thread: Knife for 8 year old
2/16/2011 1:05pm, #11"Never trust a quote you read on the internet" - Abraham Lincoln
2/16/2011 1:15pm, #12
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2/16/2011 1:59pm, #13
Not really. I still have mine form when I was a cub scout but I never really used it very roughly.
2/16/2011 3:35pm, #14
I got something like this when I was around 8 years old.
That's the traditional Finnish scout's knife. I never managed to cut myself with it.Curiosity killed the cat. But damn it had a blast.
2/16/2011 4:21pm, #15
2/16/2011 9:26pm, #16
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I ran a Cutlery World for about 10 years, and went through this pretty often. That little Kershaw is a good choice, or any similar small lightweight lockback. I strongly recommend the lightweights because they tend to have much lighter spring tension than the heavier models, so kids won't have to struggle to close them. They also tend to be a lot less expensive for the average everyday types (unless you get into Al Mar, Cold Steel, etc). Look at Schrade, Gerber, Kershaw, etc. For a kid just learning to use and sharpen a knife, I'd actually stay away from Buck. The steel they use is kind of hard and brittle, which makes it hold a decent edge, but less forgiving than some of the others, and can be tougher to sharpen too.
2/16/2011 11:43pm, #17
The Kershaw Chive is a small 2" and durable. If your child is mature enough (my 10 year old girl is not ready for any knife!) it comes with a spring loaded blade with locking saftey mechanism. I do like the previous suggestions of a kinfe that has a release on the side opposite the balde to close the knife. Here is another option available at walmart for less than 30$ if your child is ready for this particular knife. Given a child's propensity to abuse and push a knife or anything to the limits I would personally avoid the cheapest option available where ever you go unless you end up in a specialty shop.
Reviews of the Kershaw Chive:
2/17/2011 5:10am, #18
A quick note in case it matters to anyone:
I have had two small Leatherman tools in the late 90s, I think the model name was “Micra,” and the small blade came unbelievably sharp from the factory. A sharp knife is a safe knife, but only if you know ahead of time how sharp the knife is.
I had occasion to use it on a stubborn banana when I was 14...the top of the banana was sliced off before I knew it and I'd gone much too deep into my finger. There was no permanent damage, but I honestly don't know why that cut stopped bleeding. The leverage I had on a blade that small probably had a lot to do with it, but bear in mind that your son might get more cutting ability than you expect with a small Leatherman.
Whatever you do, don't buy him one of those old school “Case” knives. Case, and just about every other old manufacturer of that style, is owned by a company that couldn't care less about quality.
2/17/2011 9:36am, #19
Looks like the Chive is what we'll go with - multiple good reviews from you guys, plus I own the Scallion and love it. Kershaw makes the right quality/price knife for us.
Thanks for the feedback gents.
I'll take him shopping this weekend."Never trust a quote you read on the internet" - Abraham Lincoln
2/17/2011 11:08am, #20
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Interestingly, my son recently turned 8 and I bought him a knife for his birthday. He's been using a little two-blade folding knife for a while. I taught him how to use it properly and I let him carry it in his pocket when he's not at school.
For his birthday, I decided to step it up a bit. I bought him a Benchmade Mini Dejavoo. Is it overkill for an eight-year old. Yeah, I guess. Screw it, though. Kids are way more capable of learning proper handling of dangerous things than most people give them credit for.