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Teaching Children How To Use Knives

In Nevada, lawmakers recently introduced a new proposal that would ban knives, swords, axes, machetes and hatchets from being taken on the grounds of schools, college campuses and daycare centers.

While this may seem like an attempt to prevent students from being stabbed at school, it takes away the right of a student to learn about and carry multipurpose pocket knives, which are popular among Boy Scouts.

Instead of outright banning knives and making them taboo, lawmakers should stress the importance of teaching young kids knife safety.

As we’ve seen over the years, knives save lives, so students should not be afraid of them. They should learn how to use them in a variety of situations, whether out in the wilderness or at home in the kitchen.

For any parent looking to teach their young child how to skillfully and safely use a knife, here are a few tips.

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How to teach kids to use kitchen knives

Few instincts are stronger than a parent’s desire to protect their child from danger, which is why it’s important to teach your children the correct way to use kitchen knives.  The most important thing to stress to young ones about kitchen knives is that they are tools, not toys.

Here’s an example of something you should never do with young children and kitchen knives:

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Of course, the best way to encourage your children to safely use kitchen knives is to lead by example. Here are a few tips

(1) Make sure you always point knives away from yourself while carrying them.

(2) Always use cutting boards that are sturdy and reliable.

(3) Make sure you never leave knives unattended.

(4) Be conscious of your body language and posture when you are using kitchen knives around young children, as they will learn from example. Be mindful to show caution, for their sake and yours.

(5) When you are ready to allow your children to begin using kitchen knives, first start them with a plastic knife and have them cut foods like cheese and butter.  Show them how to hold the handle correctly and how to keep their fingers out of the way.  Once they progress, you can move them onto a butter knife, and then, once that is mastered, allow them to progress to a kitchen knife.

(6) Always supervise children when they are using kitchen knives.

Want a few more tips? Check out this cool video from FitforFeast, which has 10 kitchen knife safety tips for kids.

Paris Hilton flustered by kitchen-knife-wielding assailant. Did poor blade quality drive him to crime?

If you dabble much in the world of Hollywood socialites, you’ve likely heard the news that Paris Hilton woke up in L.A. yesterday to the sight of a man, who police have identified as 31-year old Nathan Parada,  clamoring outside of her home with a pair of kitchen knives.  She broke the news on Twitter:

Unfortunately, celebrity armed-burglary is a frequent symptom of dull-blade syndrome–something we see too often in the knife world.  Buying poor-quality kitchen knives to save money can seem like a good idea at the time–but fast-forward six months and you may find yourself with a blade so lame you can’t cut through a carrot.

Of course, the smart thing to do would be to check out Knife Depot and pick out a high-quality kitchen knife.  We carry bread knives, boning knives, pairing knives and more.  Not only are our products the sharpest, but they also come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, ensuring that you’ll never cave into hysteria and bash your dull blades against the front door of a woman whose primary source of income is posing provocatively with her pug.

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