Choosing the right knife is the first and perhaps most important step when starting to learn wood carving. It can also be difficult. Basically, it’s about finding the best alternative for each individual child. Exactly what is the right age to introduce a knife, or which model the child is ready to use is difficult to say. It’s up to you to assess the situation and the child and choose what you think is most suitable. Below are some of our recommendations for different models adapted for children who want to learn to carve in wood.
The scout knife is the best starter knife. This model – Safe – has a point-free blade so the child doesn’t get pricked unnecessarily. There is a double finger guard to make it safer and prevent fingers slipping down onto the edge.
This scout knife also has a double and safe finger guard. The difference between this and the Safe model is the sharp point, making it suitable for the young woodcarver with a bit more experience.
Woodcarving Junior suits the slightly more experienced youngster. This is the knife we perhaps recommend above all others with its short blade, pointed edge and simple finger guard. The spindle shaped handle is a good size for children’s hands. It’s simply a very good junior woodcarver knife.
The Companion is a true all-round knife that also works superbly for woodcarving. It is good for all ages; both youngsters and adults alike can enjoy this model. If children use this knife it’s important to keep in mind that the blade is slightly longer, so that the knuckles of the hand holding the subject don’t get injured.