Let Your Kids Play With Knives

by Rees on May 28, 2014

Everyone is fascinated with knives. But how can you become a competent adult knife user without first spending time with them as a child? Learn why childhood is actually the best time to learn safe knife use. Follow the 5 Knife-Safety Steps and get your kids outside using knives!

Take Risks, Safely: Kids want to do dangerous things. Some more than others, but the draw toward it is real. Get your kids using knives with your supervision to allow them a mentored avenue for their proclivity toward danger. Teach them to feed their need for risk-taking in a responsible way! For the youngest kids they can even start our carving bar soap with a butter knife.

Trade a Cut Now for a Lost Finger Later: Kids will get cut using knives, it’s going to happen. Would you rather they get a small cut when you are around to bandage their finger (and hurt pride), or banish them from using knives altogether and worry they’ll hide using knives until you are not there to support and mentor them? You don’t want them playing with knives, but using a tool.

Knives are Powerful Tools: They can cut and shape wood, and can cut and misshape flesh. Their power is a double-edged one, and learning how to walk that line with awareness will help your child realize their own power within themselves. Their confidence will influence the rest of their life as well.

Connect With a Skill That’s Over 2 Million Years Old: Yes, humans have been using knives for a looong time! Help them safely reconnect and they’ll think you’re the most awesome mom or dad, ever! Just teach them the following:

1. Sharp Knife = Safe Knife | Dull Knife = Dangerous Knife Most parents seem to think that this can’t possibly apply to kids and that their kid will be safer with a dull knife. Please don’t do this. A sharp knife will be more efficient to use, it will require less force and if it slips it won’t fly out of control.

2. Stay Seated While Carving This creates a solid and steady foundation, and avoids the easy ability to move around with an open knife. Focus all your attention on what you are doing.

3. Create, and Maintain, Your “Blood Bubble” A “blood bubble” is defined as anywhere you can reach with the combined length of your arm and your knife blade. Your blood bubble is anywhere that you could accidentally draw blood on someone else. While carving, make sure that there is no one else within your blood bubble! Teach others to respect yours as well.

4. Cut Away From All Body Parts (and stop cutting if you look away) Note that I didn’t say “always cut away from yourself.” It is easy to be cutting away from your body but still be cutting toward a finger or even your leg while sitting down. Also, stop cutting if you need to look away, like to talk with someone!

5. Close or Sheathe Knives Not In Use Whenever you are finished using your knife, even if it is only for a few moments, it needs to be folded closed or put into its sheath. Knives that are left with the blade exposed pose an obvious hazard.

Just by following these simple guidelines you will drastically reduce injuries and give your kids an opportunity to develop a skill that will serve them their entire lives.

Considering buying a knife for your kid? Check out this handy video we made a couple years back on choosing a safe knife for your kids.

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