I was eight years old when my father gave me my first knife and I’ve never been sure if it was an act of trust or negligence. His only advice was, “Be careful and don’t hurt your brother”. Sound advice but not much use. Unlike CRKT’s Nathan’s Knife Kit, designed by Nathan and Glenn Klecker which, as well as being a learning process about knife construction, is also fun and was developed as a family craft project by the company owner and his son. You can read more and watch a video here.
Made from beech wood, no tools are needed to assemble the parts. The learning is about knife safety as well as engineering construction with a neat opportunity for youngsters to take responsibility. Aimed at girls and boys from 7 years old, the kit is a practical work of art. Simple in concept and straightforward to assemble, it deserves to be on display when finished not left in a drawer.
Minnie, aged eight, made short work of putting it together and, interestingly, treated it naturally with respect as though it was a real knife. Neat psychology. She needed a little help in pushing through the wooden dowels as they were so tight but she made the point they had to be, “Or else the knife would fall apart”. Good job the ‘helpful’ adult didn’t start sanding parts.
When finished the locking mechanism clicked into place and released smoothly as well. A little gem. Her verdict? “It’s great. Can I keep it, please?” A few minutes later, she was sanding down slightly protruding dowel ends, “To make it perfect”. Job done.
UK knife law – official information regarding the legal situation in England, Wales & N. Ireland, as well as Scotland, can be found here.
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