I loved putting model airplane kits together when I was a boy. Combining my fascination with WWII aircraft with the literally intoxicating aroma of Tester’s Model Glue, model-building was a hobby I pursued for years.
Nobody will get stoned putting it together, but Nathan’s Knife Kit is an easy-to-assemble softwood knife kit from Columbia River Knife & Tool, and it’s a great gift for the younger knife enthusiast on your list. Too bad mine are already a little too old…
This $15 kit shows the knife geek in all of us exactly how a pocketknife is assembled, and how a rocker lock works. It’s a great tool for teaching children safe knife handling, with the advantage that it’s completely harmless when the grown-ups aren’t around.
Harmless softwood or not, I’m sure some kid somewhere will be expelled from school and sent to Elementary School Guantanamo for bringing one to class someday.