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Utility knives OK for kids? Answered

Just a thought- if knives proper are not ok for kids, than what about utility knives? shorter blades- less space to cut your fingers with?


Utility knives can seem safer because the blades are quite short, but that can be deceptive and also the handle/grip style leads to them being used without the finesse that is developed when using a longer blade and less chunky handle. I would suggest a small sharp penknife or multi-tool is more suitable for learning with than a utility knife.

It does also depend on exactly what you are expecting the knife to be used for - cutting cardboard? whittling wood? slicing steak? Some knives are more multi purpose than others (my mother claimed her bread knife was never the same after my father cut down a sapling at a camp site with it!)

Pretty much. I was under the impression you meant as a pocket knife.

It depends on the job that they are doing. Teach them to use the appropriate tool for the job. Trying to use a tool for a job that it is not suited to can be dangerous. I'm assuming that you're worried about safety here...

You're never too cautions when it comes to kids. So ... NO . don't put them anywhere near danger !

Of course you can be to cautious when it comes to kids...

I use them all the time, and I'm 13. My dad taughtme the proper etiquette and I needed nothing more.


6 years ago

The knife rule in my family is that a kid gets a pocket knife at age ten. So far, everyone still has all their appendages and no one has been injured seriously.

It depends on the age of the kids in question, but I would actually say that since utility knives have much sharper blades than any small pocket knife a kid is going to have, they can often cut cleanly though whatever is cut- and keep going. I have sliced myself more with razor blades than other knives.

Who says knives proper are not for kids ? Ours have been raised with access to scalpel sharp knives and chisels, and still have all their appendages - even Jonnybo111


My brother has been cutting cucumbers with a kitchen knife since he was old enough to stand next to a chair (11 months, I think, certainly less than a year) to help mama.
He'd only cut himself once in the almost five years of his life. Quite the same went for me.

I think we need some definitions - A "kid" could be anyone from 0 to 18 !

To me, a child is anyone who is too dumb/weak/young/undercooked to live by themselves- and not be supported by their parents. A "kid" is someone from the ages of 0-13.5.

You're welcome....BTW: I just saw a similar "knife" in my local Grocery store :-)

No, really, it was one of the do dad gadgets hung from a stip off the shelves....something called an eKnife or iKnife or some such thing.

Only if you treat it (and your brother) with respect.

If, by "utility knife", you mean something like this, then they are more dangerous than pen knives or multi-tools, because they are far sharper, and more likely to cut through materials too quickly and jump into flesh.

Both my boys have multi-tools, and have never cut themselves with them (although Roger-X did manage to close a penknife on the tip of his thumb).

No offense, but when blades are duller, they require more pressure, and

more pressure=less control=bouncing into flesh.

And there is a simple solution to avoid flesh-jumping with any knife - never cut towards yourself.

But you asked about knives for children, who have less control.

Exactly! So if they don't have to use more pressure... They'll have more control- which is good.

Its ok if you teach them how to properly use a knife, don't let them play with them, that usually leads to injury.