Knife Education: Doing our part

blogboard“Knives are Bad” was the title of the blogger’s post. The writer had my full attention at that point, so I followed the link to a young mother’s blog.

There she shared a story of her young daughter making a birthday cake out of bubbles as she took her bath. The daughter showed her mom a pretend knife she planned to use to cut the first slice. The mom told her “No, you can’t play with knives. You do not hold knives.” The daughter said, “But I need to cut the cake.” “No knives. Make it a fork,” her mother instructed, so the daughter then pretended to use a fork instead.

Then the mom addresses her readers- “That’s right, I don’t even let her play with imaginary knives.” The mom ended the post with this question- “Overprotective much?”

Now, we understand the mom’s concern for the safety of her daughter and yet, she missed an opportunity to teach and instead left the daughter with- “Knives are bad.”

I couldn’t let this one pass. She had asked a fair information seeking question to her readers, so I paused, took a deep breath and replied-

“Yes,  you are being overprotective. As a father of 4 and a knife collector, knives aren’t bad in and of themselves, nor do knives kill- people do. Helping your daughter understand “we must be careful with knives or any other pointed objects” is wise and responsible, as a parent, but conditioning a child that knives are bad is really not the point you were trying to make.”

Now I don’t consider myself the Knife Collector World Association’s ambassador to the web, but I do try to spread the word a little everywhere I go. And in this case, she asked me!

Knife collectors, we must do our part to help folks see knives aren’t the enemy!

Let me ask you, just what is our part in helping folks have a proper understanding of knives? Are we as collectors obligated to actually do something here? Can we not simply let KnifeRights and the AKTI head off threatening anti-knife legislation? Do we really care that millions of folks see knives as bad things?

It really boils down to us feeling comfortable to have a mature conversation. Yes, they are entitled to their opinions, but we wouldn’t hesitate to add our 2 cents to balance things a little, now would we?

And, if we’ll use the web share in our hobby, will we not also use it to help educate web users on the benefits and correct ill-informed viewpoints about knives?

Let’s just agree to this- we all will try to spread the word a little everywhere we go and especially as opportunities present themselves.

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  1. Three cheers.

    One of the most difficult things I had to do was to feel comfortable letting my daughters actually use a knife, for the first time. I am not talking about a pocket knife, but a kitchen knife. BUT THEY HAVE TO LEARN. Both of them like to help out in the kitchen and are careful with them. They now enjoy the fine old past time of “making shavings” with me with their own whittlers. I couldn’t think of not trying to share my experiances with them.
    The young are the collecting future after all.

  2. you did the right thing, people need to stop being so afraid and mistrusting of things that require self-discipline to use.

    Too often people are happy to blame the object rather than themselves, mostly because it’s easier to vilify something than it is to learn about it.

    To vilify run down or be afraid of something takes no effort whatsoever, to become as competent and responsible and to use takes effort and time to learn.

    I think it is our responsibility to speak up every chance we get, because after all not speaking up is what has led things to become the way they are in the first place. So to that end, it is extremely important that we educate gently or forcefully, whatever is necessary as many people as possible. Whenever possible, so they can understand proper safety and learn to live in a world where they have more tools at their disposal


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