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#1 Ephie

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 08:45 AM

I know there are many cultures around the world, Inuits, etc. who would answer this question by saying, what the hell are you waiting for?

However, they are not married to my wife who takes a more cautious approach to these things.

I have an 8 year old son who has grown up watching me use a variety of knives for a variety of tasks, from EDC, to food prep, to fishing/hunting to basic bushcraft. He has grown up viewing knives as tools and not weapons.  He respects them, sees how I care for mine and I have spoken with him many times about the damage they can do if mishandled or used when not concentrating.

I have let him handle mine under my watch and my wife and I let him handle a knife under our supervision in the kitchen, which he loves to do.  As a lover of the outdoors he enjoys whittling.  I think it started during summers when I would let him clean branches to use as a skewer for roasting marshmallows.

I would like to get him his first knife, that he can use for basic bushcraft and was looking at the Mora Scout 39 Safe https://morakniv.se/.../scout-39-safe/

I was just curious if anyone had any familiarity with it.

Thanks.

 



#2 KlaudeMarks

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 09:03 AM

That looks like a nice option. I'd also consider the 511, it's fairly small and has a nice guard on it.

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 09:50 AM

That looks like a nice option. I'd also consider the 511, it's fairly small and has a nice guard on it.

That's a nice looking one as well, thanks for the suggestion.



#4 Mikey Bautista

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 05:21 AM

Saw these a while back that I would have considered had I any children:

 

https://www.victorin...inox/p/0.2363.T

https://www.victorin...nox-/p/0.2373.T



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Posted 18 October 2017 - 07:34 AM

Saw these a while back that I would have considered had I any children:

 

https://www.victorin...inox/p/0.2363.T

https://www.victorin...nox-/p/0.2373.T

Those are great Mikey, thanks for suggesting!  I did not know those existed.

I am definitely getting one of those in addition to the Mora, my son has always wanted a pocket knife.



#6 KlaudeMarks

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:59 AM

You might also look at some of the traditional style slip joint knives. Preferably with a wharncliffe style blade, or maybe a sheepsfoot. Both designs lack a dedicated sharp point (to an extent). 


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#7 Ephie

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:10 AM

Thanks KlaudeMarks.



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:46 PM

Saw these a while back that I would have considered had I any children:

 

https://www.victorin...inox/p/0.2363.T

https://www.victorin...nox-/p/0.2373.T

 

Those are definitely good choices and I think it'd be great for a kid that's a little bit older. That's just something that could easily be pocketed and brought to school, not so good. I think Ephie's idea for the Mora might be a better choice. It'd probably be easier for a child to learn proper knife handling on a fixed blade with a guard, especially for bush craft.



#9 Johan Bertilsson

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 04:25 AM

A Victorinox is always a good start for a kid. I got a Victorinox Tourist from my dad when i was 9y old, it is still with me and in my EDC rotation. When mt daughter turned 9 then she got a Victorinox Classic SD, she is 26 and it is still on her keys.

So i recommend a SAK for a kid, but they must hnow the responsibility of the tool.

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 09:01 AM

I just received the Mora Scout 39 Safe https://morakniv.se/...scout-39-safe/ and I find it a great starter knife for my 8 year old.  

The handle fits his hand well, and the blunt tip and double finger guard are great safety features for what he will use it for, which is primarily whittling. The blade came as sharp as the other Mora I own and it comes with a nice leather sheath with a snap closure on the top and a belt loop.



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 11:26 AM

After spending a long weekend in single digit and sub zero temps, which encouraged plenty of indoor activities such as whittling, with my 8 year old son,  i would definitely endorse the Mora Scout 39 Safe. The handle size, the sharpness of the blade, the finger guard, the light weight all enabled him, under my supervision, to work effectively and safely with wood.  



#12 Jeff

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 02:46 PM

The Mora Scout Knife is the second one I buy my children. I start with a little three dollar Gerber folder with a 1 1/2 inch blade. We do lots of safety and practice with it.

I start my children using knives at age six. But then I’m a classically trained chef and I’ve taught guys so high they think they are grapefruits to use knives safely in the kitchen.




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