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plastic knife for kids

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I got some plastic knives, nylon actually, with big scallops on edge designed for kid use. I ran my finger along the edge and they could cut you. I cut an apple ok but couldn't peel it. I am starting to think this is not a good idea for teaching knife work. what do you think and how did you teach a kid?

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  1. I think there's another thread on this. I recently taught my nephew to use a knife...a knife I have in regular rotation.

    I told him what my dad/mom told me
    1) Knives are not toys
    2) Pay attention to what you're doing
    3) Dull knives are dangerous

    He started with a basic task---dicing an avocado that I had pitted.

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      1. re: Westminstress

        Just turned 7.

        FYI, here is one of the other threads re kids and knife skills

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8170...

    1. My nephew is 5, will be 6 in December.

      Maybe soft things like avocado with a butter knife would be best.

      Thanks, I'll look for that other thread.

      1. I'd just use a regular knife. If you can't use this knife, how could a kid? Plus, it's easier to learn the right way. Then, no bad/unsafe habits to break.

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        1. re: Hobbert

          I think you are right. The plastic knife is sharp enough to cut you with a little pressure and you need more pressure to cut than with a regular knife. I was hoping there was some technique I was missing. But right now I think they are only good for very soft things like lettuce or avocado. So don't bother getting.

        2. What everyone else said. I got my child her own 6-inch chef's knife when she was 6 yo. Before that she had been using standard paring knives both at home and at school. The key is instruction and supervision.

          1. Those kid knives are usually intended for softer foods, like bananas, avocados, peaches, etc.