Teaching Knife Basics to Beginners.

Knife skills is something that should be taught to every child. It does not matter if you are not an outdoors person. Knife safety is something that every person should know. As the knife is the most important survival tool it shows that every person should know how to safely handle a knife. 

Parts of a Knife and their Function. 

How to identify the parts of a knife is the first thing kids should be taught. They can’t understand how to safely use the tool unless they are taught how the tool and its parts work. If they are learning around the house a kitchen knife is a good way to start the learning process. All of the basic elements are still present when handling a kitchen knife to help prepare dinner as it is handling a knife to carve a piece of wood. Some people find it easier to begin a kid’s instruction in the controlled environment of your own home and later move them into the outdoors. 

Here are the major parts of a fixed blade that they should know before ever touching a knife. 

Parts of a basic fixed blade.

Many people including the Boy Scouts of America  think that a child should learn on a folding knife. I have found this to be completely up to the child. There are too many advantages and disadvantages to list here if you are trying to decide. 

Knowing the parts of a folding knife is just as important. I have not included a picture in this article because different  models might look and function completely different. Teo major areas that your child should know is how the lock functions and how to keep their hands clear of the folding blade. Basic function of a folding knife is remarkably similar to teaching them the function of a fixed blade. 

Always Cut Away from Your Body. 

This sounds like it should not need to be said but, in reality it does. You should always teach a child to cut away from their body. This includes all parts of their body. One common mistake made by new knife users is cutting their leg when the knife slips off of the work. Keeping control of your blade and where it is going is paramount to using a knife safely. 

Knife Maintenance. 

A properly sharpened blade is less likely to cut you than a dull blade. This stems from the force you have to use to make a cut.. With a properly sharpened blade you do not need to put as much force behind it thus lowering the chance to slip and have an accident. Teach kids to keep their knife dry and never put it away wet. This will prevent them from ruining the blade after they store it improperly. After they know the parts of the knife, how to maintain a knife, and how to store it properly when not in use they should be ready for cutting tasks. 

Blood Circle. 

One good function is to have your child stand with their arms outstretched. If they can touch anyone within a full circle around them then they can’t use their knife. Teach them that if they can turn a full circle without touching anyone then the blood circle is clear and they can proceed to use their knife. 

Triangle of death. 

Most people have not heard of this term. It is referred to as  the area between you legs where your hand would rest when carving. Teach your kids that they should rest their elbows on their knees and bring the working piece out beyond the triangle of death. 

Once you have them carving their own projects and helping out in the kitchen make sure they understand to only use the knife when an adult is there to supervise them. 

There is the basic information, You decide the outcome!

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