Today we will be switching things up a bit in our 100 Knives in 100 Days Giveaway. Instead of just a random drawing on the official entry post, we will be selecting one answer at random from comments on this post.
The question is simple:
What is the best first knife for kids?
The only right answer is the Mora Eldris, which we will be giving away today.
Just kidding of course, I am looking forward to a lively discussion in the comments. It does happen to be the knife that I have bought for each of my children as their first knife, which they brought along on our camping trip this weekend in fact. I even own two myself. One I bought, and another Tormek branded one which was given to me by my friend Stig at the BLADE Show.
I honestly have more experience with the Eldris than any other knife in the 100 Days Giveaway. Personally, I chose the Eldris for my kids for two primary reasons. First, and most important to me, is that it is a fixed blade. My fingers, and I am sure many of yours, bear witness to the inadvisability of handing a slipjoint to a young child.
“Most people think of a pocketknife as the best knife for a kid, but truth is, the safest, most useful knife is one with a fixed blade in a belt sheath. Thanks to its lack of moving parts, a fixed-blade knife does not fold or slide and is typically stronger due to the tang, which is the extension of the blade into the handle. With a fixed-blade knife, there is no chance of it folding on your fingers when you least expect it. As a bonus, these knives are usually more comfortable to hold and work with.”
The other feature I love about the Eldris is the chunky, rubberized handle. The oblong shape indexes perfectly, and small hands can hammer-grip it easily.
Of course the steel and construction quality are what one expects from a Mora – the “knife which makes all others look like a rip off”. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but Moras consistently get a high billing on most people’s “Best Buy” list.