Teaching Knife Safety to Kids

Should children be allowed to use sharp knives? Do you introduce kitchen knives differently than utility knives? Is there a magical age to introduce knives?

These are serious questions for parents and families. This post by Anthony Sculimbrene in Gear Junkie offers some great tips.

Times have changed — the world is full of helicopter parents and everything has been Nerf-ified. But teaching a child how to use a knife is a great way to hone hand-eye coordination, make them feel more confident in their abilities, and instill respect, but not fear, of potentially dangerous tools.

Here is my disclaimer: Children are precious and knives can be dangerous, so pay attention, never push them, and always stress safety first. Or the shorter version — don’t be stupid.

Knives Are Tools, Not Toys


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