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Delbert Ealy
03-07-2014, 08:33 PM
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So, in between heat treaing today, I was taking a few minutes for myself(kinda) and made up this prototype.
It something that I have not seen before, but has a story behind it.
I have twin daughters that are now eleven years old, and we have been watching a bunch of cooking shows.
They keep asking me when I will teach them to cook. I finally gave in a couple months ago and told them I would start when they got out of school.
I have been thinking about knives a lot lately(big surprise) but also knives for them. I only have 2 knives in my kitchen, and both are pretty big. I started thinking about a knife that they could handle. They also both have tiny hands. So I started thinking about a paring knife for them, but thinking about Dawn, who is the family klutz, with a sharp pointy knife gives me the shivers.
I also want them to know how a knife with a convex grind feels to use. So I used as my inspiration both my paring knife and the nakiri. I know its not as tall in proportion as a nakiri, but it has enough height for me to make a convex blade. It will also be made of slightly thinner stock.
The one pictured above has a 100mm long blade and is 31mm high. It is a bit over 8 inches long.

There are a couple of things I would like to hear, but let me say I am pretty happy with the way this looks and feels, so I'll be making a couple of these for my daughters.
Most of you guys know Japanese knives way better than I do, is there a similar knife in that pantheon?
Id like to have something to call this design.
Or is it different enough that I can just call it what I want? If so any ideas for a catchy name. I thought about naming it after one or the other, but Then the other one is jealous forever. Maybe the Gemini, that was about the best I could come up with.
For those of you with paring knives, this will have the same handle, just a different blade style and shape.
Than brings me to my final question, should I make more than two of these, or is this design a total loser?
Thanks,
Del


now back to work :viking:

CanadianMan
03-07-2014, 08:43 PM
That's awesome!! , reminds me of my konosuke child nakiri

JMJones
03-07-2014, 09:37 PM
I like it Dell, I am sure your girls will too.

Namaxy
03-07-2014, 11:45 PM
For what it's worth, this exists:

http://korin.com/Childs-Mini-Knife_2

My daughters are 8 and 10, and we started them with this knife at 8. My ten year old has graduated to bigger knives, while my younger daughter is still starting out.

Talim
03-08-2014, 12:11 AM
Chibi (small person, child) + Ealy = Chibealy??? or maybe chibiri.

JHunter
03-08-2014, 12:23 AM
no matter what you call it I like it, and can think of many uses

erikz
03-08-2014, 02:48 PM
Awesome del. Im in for one if you decide to make more then the two for your girls.

Could call this a Parkiri?

Fillmoreslimm
03-08-2014, 05:06 PM
Love it, this would be perfect for my 10 yr old son who wants to get involved with Daddy on the kitchen.

apathetic
03-08-2014, 05:49 PM
This looks like it could be the shallot killer :D

Erilyn75
03-12-2014, 03:14 AM
I think it's an awesome idea. I want to get my boys their own special knife for when they're ready to help mommy instead of making messes for mommy lol. They both love to "cook"

Bill13
03-12-2014, 02:50 PM
I love the idea! The handle looks a bit large for a child but maybe that is just because there is nothing to scale it against.

Matus
03-12-2014, 03:30 PM
The name is easy - Ko-Nakiri :)

But I agree with bill on the handle - as shown in the picture the tank is as tall as it would be in a "normal" knife with western handle (this guess is based on the information that the blade is 31mm tall).

erikz
03-12-2014, 06:23 PM
The name is easy - Ko-Nakiri :)

But I agree with bill on the handle - as shown in the picture the tank is as tall as it would be in a "normal" knife with western handle (this guess is based on the information that the blade is 31mm tall).
The handle would have the same dimensions as Del's parers (If I understood Del's explanation correctly). A handle with those dimensions would be great for a kid to use imho.

Delbert Ealy
03-12-2014, 06:26 PM
I'll post a reference pic in a day or two, I have a dead modem, so I'm writing from Burger King today.
Del