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Good knife for an 8-year-old


Q. I want to buy a pocketknife for my 8-year-old nephew. He has just started a pocketknife collection and has about 8 knives. Can you recommend a good knife for a boy that age?
– Aunt Debra, Houston, Texas

A. You must be a cool aunt to be buying your nephew a knife! Will you be my auntie too? OK, seriously, good knives for an 8-year-old? Here are two that I think he’d be sure to dig:

BSA Official Cub Scouts Pocket Knife ($19.99; www.scoutstuff.org) You just can’t go wrong with the official Cub Scouts pocketknife! It’s got a stainless steel 2¼”-long blade with a flat head screwdriver, cap lifter and punch blade folded inside.

Gerber Mini Paraframe ($16.26; www.gerbergear.com) This folding knife has an open stainless steel handle, which makes it both lightweight (just 1.4 ounces) and cool-looking! The 2.22”-long locking blade is high carbon stainless steel with a fine edge and it comes with a handy pocket clip too.

Comments about “Good knife for an 8-year-old”

  1. Boyscout720 says:

    Hey, I am 13 and I would get him the Berber compact scout. It is small, locks, and folds,. I Widdles great, and it’s not big and dangerous. Honestly, I would get him no knife, but if he is collecting, get him this

  2. Bob marly says:

    What is a good small knife with sheath and dosent fold

  3. Rotor boy says:

    I think that a small poket knif and a shrap blad should be good for cuting tree branches. Good luck😃

  4. Anonymous says:

    With all the contraversy about children being expelled from school for carrying a knife, why would a parent give a 7 year old a knife??

    • Scoutmom1976 says:

      I understand what your concern about the boys carrying knives, but, before they are allowed to carry the knives they have rules that they need to learn and prove to their leader that they understand the rules. They are also trained on how to use the knife to whittle. Then, and only then, are they allowed to carry their knife. And, one of the rules is not to carry it to school. I understand that some boys may still do so, but this is a parents responsibility to make sure that they don’t. We need to teach or kids to be responsible not just assume they won’t be. My son is also 8 and we are getting him his knife for Christmas.

    • Rotor boy says:

      Maybe they hunt with there mom or dad

  5. big ol knife says says:

    get a leatherman skelitool

  6. Knifeman095895351 says:

    i personally recommend a buck rush. it is a great assisted opening knife with a liner lock and a CAM safety. since its a buck knife, it has a FOREVER WARRANTY.

  7. widdler says:

    a great knife for an 8-year-old, i would say, is the schrade x timer. it is safe to open, locks when you open it, and is light-weight.

  8. wezdaman says:

    gerber is awsom

  9. Guitar kid says:

    My first knife was a Swiss Army knife when I was ten.

  10. TheUnion43 says:

    You don’t collect pocket knives… YOU USE THEM…however, I recommend the chic3a bone handled csa knife/ 3pcs multitool.

  11. Knife Xpert 157 (aka Chad 101) says:

    I would recommend having him buy the knife, or have him pay for half. If a person buys something with his own money he will take better care of it than if it was just given to him. I would recommend a Buck 55, Buck 503 or a Gerber para-frame. As they get older (13-16) I would recommend an assisted as they are easy and safe to open. I recommend the Kershaw EMT Fuxion assisted or the Buck QuickFire.

    • ClayCounty says:

      @ Knife Expert 101… In my part of the world, pocket knives are traditionally given as a gift. You don’t go out and buy a knife for yourself, you buy it for someone else. My two favorites are a Moore Maker stag handle trapper that was a father’s day gift, and a Boker Tree Brand trapper that was given to me by my late father-in-law. For an 8-year-old, I think the Scout knife above is very cool.

      • Knife Xpert 157 (aka Chad 101) says:

        Like i said, people (especially kids) take better care of something that they have to work for. I’m not against buying it as a gift, but if you want him to take better care of it do as i suggested.

  12. rambo says:

    im 11, and have 30 knives

  13. Eagle Scout 82 says:

    I just found my 40 year old Cub Scout knife and it is as good as new. I will give it to my son when he gets to Cub Scouts. I suggest the Cub Scout knife as his first knife and the multi tool when he gets to Boy Scouts. The most important thing I believe IMHO is leave the factory edge while teaching safety, then sharpen once he is ready… but not too sharp. As a Cub he is not going to need all of the functions of a multi tool but will use all three on the Cub Scout knife.

    • seamus71 says:

      Eagle Scout 82, you should have that 40 year old knife appraised and as per Knife Xpert 157 (aka Chad 101) have your son re-imburse you for half the appraisal

      • Knife Xpert 157 (aka Chad 101) says:

        Dont mock me. Its a totally different scenario then if it was a first time buy. What I say is true and ill say it again: If someone buys something with their own money they will respect it and care for it a lot more than if it was just given to them.

  14. Hskate says:

    i would not get anything fixed bladed. i recommend either a small pocket knife or a good multi tool.

    • Knife Xpert 157 (aka Chad 101) says:

      You have obviously never had a fixed blade before. they are much safer and a lot better choice for camping and hiking than folding knives. I use the hefty Gerber LMF II A.S.E.K. fixed blade for these dutys. For every day carry I carry the Kershaw EMT assisted knife or my Buck QuickFire assisted.

  15. jojo says:

    I like pocket knifes for boyscoutts.

  16. Totin chip guy says:

    Im 11 and I have the gerber compact scout. It’s small and light weight

    • Wootwoot says:

      Same here, just bought it. So far it looks very nice and neat. You can not carve with it but it is good for cutting rope with the serrations. Also it is Chinese metal that will take a lot of sharpening.

  17. super says:

    I would recomend asking your nephew witch one he wants.

  18. hi hi hi says:

    my first nife at 6

  19. knife guy says:

    i thhink an 8 year old should get a multitool as your first knife! :)

  20. bobjr says:

    i got my first knife at 11 and i have 10 i would get the gerber scout knife

    • fire bug says:

      ha ha you are probaly going to laugh at my nickname it is because i am the one who runs the campfire .but if you have that many knives make sure he has his whittling chip i also recamend remington 3-in-1 pocket knife.

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