I have not raised children. At 30 I married into a family that had a girl in college and a son in high school. I was blessed with a wonderful granddaughter within a year of marriage (talk about quick family). That granddaughter was raised by us all to some degree. She learned to drive and shoot early in her life. Tonka trucks, fishing and tea parties were a part of her youth. I have an 11 year old granddaughter via my son. This has been the more traditional grandchild for me - see her a few times a year, send her home. However, I do have a couple of guns set aside for training her and she has done well with them. She recently mentioned to her father, my son, that she would like a pocket knife. Now, I can teach a child how to safely handle a firearm. But giving a child a pocket knife has me a little spooked. Admittedly, my father probably gave me my first Case when I was younger than that, but I was raised in rural Texas during a time where a kid on a bicycle with a 22 rifle heading to the river to shoot cans would not have raised alarms. This granddaughter is not as mature as my first one at this age. We raised our oldest granddaughter by what I call the old rural code and she has turned out ok. This younger one is a city girl from what is now a split family. Just not sure if I ought to ignore the desire for a pocket knife or get her one and see what happens. I can explain how easy it is to hurt oneself or others with it, just like a gun. But at the end of the day, the gun goes back under my watch.