Toddler Knife

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Project by SawdustTX posted 02-28-2022 06:02 AM 785 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter saw this online, asked me to make one for my grandson.
It’s a wooden knife for a toddler to start learning cutting. the edge is high angle, so it’s not sharp enough to cut skin, but works pretty well (better than I expected) on bananas, apples, potatoes, cucumbers. Things with tough skin and soft middle like tomatoes don’t work well.
Curly maple because that was the only piece of hard maple I had on hand.
Drew out the shape, cut out on my three wheel bandsaw
Cutting the blade bevel was the challenge, made a little bevel cutting guide for the table saw, see the pictures.
Put the “edge” on the blade with a file, then progressively finer sandpaper. Then treated the whole edge with CA glue to harden it a bit hoping it’ll last longer.
Coated with Salad bowl finish.

What I’d do different:
Make it maybe an inch longer in lenght, and 3/4-1” shorter in height
After watching my grandson use it, I’d make the handle just an oval hole, as half the time he grabs it “backwards”. But either way, still works. :)

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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#1 posted 02-28-2022 09:41 PM

I will be appropriating this design. Hope you don’t mind.

Nicely done.

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#2 posted 02-28-2022 11:35 PM

Nice knife for the little one!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 03-01-2022 01:22 AM

That’s brilliant! I remember when my sister was 3, she would shave her face with a food pusher… kids!!

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#4 posted 03-01-2022 02:18 AM

This is a clever idea.

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#5 posted 03-01-2022 02:57 AM

Neat idea – never saw a “toddler knife”

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#6 posted 03-12-2022 01:11 PM

Interesting idea. Never seen one before. Thanks for sharing.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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