Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! My son has been hinting (more like strongly suggesting) that he "needs" a knife. While he won't get one for Christmas, I have come around to the idea that I'll give him one for his 7th birthday in the spring. (He won't have access to it with my direct supervision). My first knife was an Old Timer Sharpfinger (still have it) and a variety of small slip joints. I cut myself with all of them, mostly by doing things that shouldn't be done and/or closing the blades on my fingers. This leads me to my questions: 1) what was your first knife? 2) I think his first knife should be a fixed blade with a guard (to make it a little harder for him to get his hand up on the blade). What are your thoughts on this? 3) Are there any other features/considerations I should think about?