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First pocket knife for 12 year old?

Discussion in 'Knives' started by North86, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. Indygunguy

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    Lots of great suggestions here. If you like a non-tactical, classic looking, locking blade knife you might consider the Case Mini-Copperlock. I have one that gets carried when I have to wear dress pants (anything other than jeans), and I like it a lot. It might be a few bucks over your price range, but you get the locking blade, which in my opinion is worth it.
     
  2. Evil D

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    I got my son a Dragonfly for his 10th birthday. Remember that a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp one.
     
  3. BalancedEdge

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    Ontario RAT Model 2?
     
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    My first knife was probably a SAK classic style. I love that thing. I still have it! Not real sharp and not made do do a whole lot but it taught me to respect the knife. Lesson learned.
     
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    Candiru with custom G10 scales.

    Maybe you can still find another color?

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    (Could never recommend a folder, sorry)
     
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  7. North86

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    She's already after me to make micarta handles, so this wouldn't help that nagging much... LOL

    I want a folder for her. Easier to manage.
     
  8. NattyB

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    If you go to the Benchmade website you can get a cute custom knife made with a special message on the blade. Might be in your price range with the cheapest metal, which would be fine for most purposes. I am biased to the axis lock - I just really like that action.
     
  9. UCChris

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    I am giving my little brother a Byrd Robin 2 this year for his first knife.
     
  10. BurningTheDayAway

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    +1 for Spyderco Dragonfly
     
  11. Bowman1911

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    Since it's a girl, I guess 12 is an ok age to start her off with knives. LOL I was 4, but that's besides the point. For a girl, anything with scissors!!!
     
  12. jerit

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    Buy her an official Girl Scout knife". They are "real" knives and not at all girly. You can buy newer ones through a girl scout catalog, (ask the girls selling cookies the next few months), or check out E --y. The early Remingtons and Ulsters are made with excellent steel and have a surprisingly large number of collectors. They are mostly made on the traditional 4 blade Scout model, and no, they don't have scissors.
     
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    +1 for the RAT. Any of the folders would serve well and are a good bargain.
     
  14. Gilatabar
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    The idea of the Opinel is great for fishing, because the knife will float if dropped in the water (and the wood may swell up but that's fixable).
    I like the Ladybug (Lost mine..). It might be small but it is amazing. Fits in my hand really nice, but not a great idea for the outdoors though. And it has really good steel.
     
  15. North86

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    One thing led to another and we bought a Mora. My wife freaked! Wow! For a budget bush knife, that thing is a tank! So now I have a Mora, and I still need to get a folder for the kid. Go figure.
     
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    DO NOT go cheap on the steel, they dull fast, DO NOT go cheap on a knife unless it has good reviews, make sure the screws are able to be tightened with tools you have. If you don't want to be sharpening after every use go for a decent blade steel. Get a knife is a back lock so they are less likely to try 1 hand closing on themself. After all that I suggest any spyderco made in seki city, Boulder, or Taiwan
     
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    What is her school's policy on knives?
    What is her mother's opinion about her having one?
    What are your municipality's laws concerning public carry of knives?
    What are her friends' profile? Are they largely male, older, and seemingly more adult-like in demeanor and appearance?
     
  18. acs-jw

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    My first knife was the swiss army type. To me, it wasn't a "real knife" and I didn't treat it seriously. Didn't take long for me to fold it up on my fingers. From then on, locking only. In my little mind, I now had a "real" knife and I treated it accordingly. Your daughter is likely much smarter than I was tho. That said, if I were in your place I'd still go with a more substantial knife. First pick would be a mini-grip. Axis lock keeps fingers out of the way, can do anything she'd ever want it to, she'll have it forever - maybe even a first knife for her 12 year old! Second choice would be a Spydie. Don't own any myself, but their reputation is solid. I'll defer the actual model to those on here that know. A mini-grip may actually be out of the stated price range, so my third choice would be an Ontario Rat2. Got one for my wife and I'm really impressed with what you get for $30. Enjoy the hunt, and congrats to the young lady on her first knife - whatever it may be!
     
  19. wazu013

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    The Buck 55 would cover all the criteria for less than $40.
     
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    Victorinox Classic - Tiny blade plus all sorts of other useful things.