Opinel Le Petit Chef 3-Piece Knife Set
Le Petit Chef collection is ideal for teaching children how to cook safely. This set includes a vegetable peeler, as well as a finger guard and specially designed kitchen knife that has a rounded tip + educational ring to help position the fingers, preventing the hand from slipping onto the blade. Both the knife and the peeler have stainless steel blades, requiring no maintenance at all. Please note that this knife is sharp and young users should be supervised at all times.
The knife and peeler are high quality. I bought these for my three year old on the spirit of “letting kids do dangerous things” under supervision and with instruction. He doesn’t quite have the dexterity to use the finger guard properly or the strength to cut through something like a carrot or fennel bulb without using both hands, so I feel like so long as his other hand is out of the way, helping to press down on the top of the knife, he isn’t in danger of cutting himself. He did a good job with a fennel bulb this afternoon and was thrilled to be treated like a big boy. It definitely made him more engaged with cooking than just dumping bowls of sliced food I gave him into the pot. Would definitely recommend.
This set is worth every penny and more. My 5 year old is chopping vegetables (even carrots!) safely and confidently. I already ordered another set for my niece. You won’t regret this purchase!
My 7 year old son is a very picky eater, so I read some books about how to encourage kids to try new things to eat. One of the recommendations was to have them make food with you, so they will want to try out the things they are preparing. I first attempted to have my son chop some sausages with the knife set and that did not go well, as the blade is intentionally not very sharp. With that in mind, I purchased some parsnips and leeks for him to chop and peel. He chopped the parsnips enthusiastically and requested to eat the tiny cubes that he made. The knife was easy for him to hold, as was the peeler. The finger guard was less user friendly, as the tiny spots to place your fingertips are entirely hard plastic and somewhat too small for my 7 year old's fingers. My only recommendation would be to make the fingertip portion of the finger guard out of a flexible material instead.
My grandson loved his 3 piece knife set! It was one of the more popular gifts among his 8-10 year old friends. They were as excited as he was for him to have his own personal chef knife!
Great tools for the up and coming chefs….. it is quite expensive