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My four year old daughter asked for a knife like Dad's

Discussion in 'Knives' started by straitr, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. straitr

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    So naturally I took out some files, some sandpaper, and got to carving. After a couple relaxing hours outside with the family in a comfy chair, she got what she asked for.

    Still have a bit more work and she wants to paint it, but it's been a fun impromptu project and some great time spent together.

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  2. severdhed

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    Awesome


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  3. jemhouston

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    good job Dad.
     
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    Just wait. She's gonna become 'enabled' by watching you play with your knives -- flicking them open, etc. And seeing some with alternative 'grinds'. Your whittling days have just begun! But enjoy -- it'll give you something to do with your knives! LOL

    By the way -- nice job indeed. Looks like you've got the skills to create a whole rotation stable for her!

    L'chaim!

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  5. aasoverteakettle

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    Amazing


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    this is the most terrific topic I've seen on the "net" in a long time !!! :)
     
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    Very nice !
     
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  8. straitr

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    Thank you all for the kind words. She's already requested a folder, so I've started putting together some plans. She has the makings of a knife nut, just like her old man, waddayah know. :hug: Mom's thrilled. :tongue:
     
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    That is some great craftsmanship...makes me want to try it. I have 4 children, (3 boys, 1 girl). My oldest son turns 10 tomorrow, we got him his first pocket knife for Christmas this past year (Victornox Super Tinker). My next son is 8, I wasn't quite ready to get him a knife, but we did get him a leatherman leap. ( it comes without the blade installed, I can install it once i feel he is ready for it). They were both very excited to get these tools. I've been working with both of them to show them how to properly use them. My 8 year old keeps asking for me to install the knife blade, (or to buy him a skeletool)...i'm just not sure he is careful enough to handle it properly yet.

    My daughter (5 years old) and my youngest son (3 years old) also asked for knives for Christmas. My daughter is always shoving things in her pockets or her purse so she can "be prepared like daddy". I ended up finding some plastic Swiss Army Knives on amazon. They have the victorinox branding and are pretty cool. Although they are about double the size of a real SAK. My two youngest kids love these things and play with them alot.

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    I wish i would have thought to do what you did though, that is much cooler than just buying a plastic toy. I've never done much woodworking with anything other than cheap pine or MDF. What kind of wood did you use?
     
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    Right on. That plastic SAK is cool!

    The wood was flooring scraps left over when I helped do some work on our church. It was built in 1887 and I just couldn't let it all get thrown away. Thought I'd use it one day, and I was glad I did. No idea what kind it is though, but most of it was in perfect shape, and clearly better than anything you can buy these days.

    A pic from the work. We were installing some additional HVAC, and when I cut the floor open, there was tons of other scrap in the crawl space.
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  11. jemhouston

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    How about a wood knife kit you can put together with her help. Better yet, could she do it mostly on her own?
     
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    Doesn't Spyderco have a wooden knife building set? Or is it another brand? Either way making it from scratch was super awesome! When I have kids I hope they're as addicted as me to knives!


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    There's even a Spyderco Delica 4 )PLKIT1) Plastic Kit Glow In The Dark Model:

    But I like the Baby Vic, too, more than my sons do ;)
     
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  15. Kris

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    Give it another couple of years and something like my first Opinel or my first Victorinox will be a good idea for her
     
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    I know CRKT and Spyderco both make wooden folding knives or kits.


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  17. NelsonIII

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    Is that a KSF sheath? Im looking for one that will fit my Candiru nicely. (Sorry to hijack!)
     
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    It is. I can't remember exactly which one though. Also, I modified it by cutting some leather from the knife side to make the Candiru more accessible.

    Here is a better shot of the modification...

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    ETA: Before the KSF, I used this sweet little pocketknife sheath I found at my local saddle shop. Sadly, it cut through the threads at the tip after only a few weeks.

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    That's really adorable. Good job :)