Knife for a kid...?
As I've mentioned on several occassions, my 8 year old son is a very picky eater and it's darn near impossible to get him to try even a bite of anything new. But for some reason, he has taken on a fascination with cooking competition shows.
The other day while I was in the kitchen he turned on the TV and tuned into the Food Network, where Chopped was on. A few minutes later he came to the kitchen and asked to help prepare dinner. The only thing I had left to do was slice mushrooms for my chicken marsala, so I handed him my longer paring knife and taught him the principals of drag rather than push down, etc. I was mentally prepared for blood to be shed, but there wasn't. He was very proud, as was I.
Point of this post: Cooking is near and dear to my heart, so I'd like to encourage him buy buying him his own knife. I'm thinking it's easier to control a taller blade, so my thought is a smaller - say four or five inch - santoku. Of course it would always be used under close supervision.
Does anyone who has little helpers have different recommendation for an appropriate knife? I know most kids start by helping with baking, but that's simply not done in my house. The choice is prep or hot pans.