Skip to toolbar
Street

What’s a good ‘manly’ substitute for a pocket-knife for a 10-year old boy to carry/wear every day, in terms of helping build his self-confidence and feeling a little more in control of himself, a little more martial/edgy/adult and trusted by his elders…when it’s not allowed to be a knife?

What’s a good ‘manly’ substitute for a pocket-knife for a 10-year old boy to carry/wear every day, in terms of helping build his self-confidence and feeling a little more in control of himself, a little more martial/edgy/adult and trusted by his elders…when it’s not allowed to be a knife?

View Reddit by worldsworstpolyglotView Source

Tags

city guide

The publication focuses on fashion, style, and culture for men, though articles on food, movies, fitness, sex, music, travel, sports, technology, and books are also featured

32 Comments

  1. Keys to something. The house, the car so he can run ahead and unlock it.

    My boys are 14, 12, 10. We don’t do allowance, but every once in a while I’ll give them like a $20. Maybe they have to buy lunch on the way home from Scouts or something. So I give them $20 and tell them, “see how long you can make this last.” Then a few days later, hey, got any cash? They’re excited to show me. “Yeah! I still have $14!” Or, “I forgot about the XYZ but I had the money so I have $6, but paid for XYZ myself!”

  2. Fisherman’s Friend, but that might actually have a knife.

    Find a multitool at Home Depot that doesn’t, I’m sure they exist. I used to always accidentally cut myself with swiss army knives at that age lol

  3. What about a completely wooden pocket knife? Amazon has one called “JJ’s lockback wooden pocket knife kit”. Gives him the sense of accomplishment of assembling it himself. I’ve never held one, but I thought I’d heard that they can so some basic whittling. Looks to me like it wouldn’t be hard to sand down the tip to make it blunt, to really drive home the fact it’s not a weapon.

    CRKT makes one, too, but it has a much more pronounced point that would look stupid sanded down.

    My only other suggestion is a real gold chain. My parents got my brother and I gold box chains, let us pick out our own gold pendants, right around that age. Drove home the idea that these were valuable, not kid’s stuff anymore. Made us feel a lot more grown-up, for sure.
    (Until I broke mine the third time, and my brother lost his, and then it had the completely opposite effect. But hey, you never know, right?)

  4. A rugged watch with a built-in compass. It’s not a physical weapon… but learning directions and being able to help others by giving directions could be a big confidence boost, and set him on a path to being more adventurous.

  5. I don’t see how relating masculinity to any object is a good thing, at any age. Being a man is much more than what we carry in our pants. ^(Pun intended)

    Better to teach him discipline and responsibility via a sport or hobby. Or like someone else mentioned, give them a set of keys as a means to provide a meaningful duty for which he is responsible. Like keys to the front gate, or the mailbox, or a shed that stores something useful, or the garage door opener. Anything that he would have to take care of and use to fill a role in the household *within reason for a child*.

  6. A silver dollar. My dad would always challenge me when I least expected it. He would say “coin check”. If I had it and didn’t lose it, he would hand me a dollar bill every time. Plus all my friends wanted a silver dollar too! I was cool.

  7. For all the multi tool comments that mention cutting off the blades. Don’t do that.

    Torx screws are what most folding knives and multi tools are held together with. Use the right size torx driver (it depends on the model, usually smaller than a 10) and you can remove the blades.

    There are companies that sell different tools that you can replace the blade with. For example, saws, screwdrivers, scissors etc.

    This also means you can reattach the blade when said person is old enough and responsible enough to have it and use it safely.

  8. This has brought up some good old childhood memories!!! I forgot about my first knife. Lol.

    Some ideas:

    Maglight.

    Get him an expensive looking analog watch that looks breakable.

    Get him his first adult wallet and let him carry something important every day: library card, photocopy of his id, etc

    Leatherman and take the blade off.

    Set of house keys with a multi tool keychain.

    Skip the object. Enrol him martial arts. I’m partial to Muay Thai. Personally, I think find a gym that not only instructs technique but also the heritage and ceremonial aspects of martial arts.

  9. Why NOT a knife???? Been carrying one since before i went to school… a CRKT M16-10KS is a good EDC… what i have had for several yrs if not in the brush, then a fixed blade sheath knife too

  10. Some of these people just don’t understand life in the rural world. I understand your concern with the knife in regards to school but as kids we made some great things with ours. Maybe a small crescent wrench or pair of pliers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button