Chef’s Knives for Kids
We tested three different knife solutions that are both safe and age-appropriate for aspiring chefs.
How We Tested
Kids love helping in the kitchen, but letting them use sharp blades can be worrisome. After giving three scaled-down chef’s knives for kids a quick trial run ourselves, we asked testers ages 5, 11, and 12 to use the blades to cut celery, apples, blocks of cheese, and grilled cheese sandwiches. We also had them perform the same tasks using a table knife and a plastic knife. While all three chef’s knives bested the stand-ins, a 5 1/2-inch serrated plastic model was a little too thick and blunt even for our 5-year-old. This young tester found another model, with its 2-inch-long rounded metal blade and soft grip, a perfect match. The older kids were impressed by another knife, which has a sturdy wooden handle, a sharp 4-inch-long stainless-steel blade with a rounded tip, and nice “training wheel” features: a finger loop on the handle for proper hand position and a plastic guard to protect fingers on the other hand. Our top two knives are great choices for future chefs.