My oldest daughter is beyond excited over her first "true" backpack with daddy in the "wilds" of Michigan's Manistee forest near Cadillac this coming June. (Just an in-and-out with about 4 miles total and I get to carry everything heavy). She's just hit the age of responsibility where I can trust her full time with her first pocketknife and I want to give it to her when we stop to set up camp for the night. She's also homeschooled, so don't worry about any absurd zero-tolerance issues. I was going to go with a basic 4-blade case or swiss army folder similar to the standard boyscout knife but I'm curious whether anyone here has any other good suggestions for a kid's first knife for camping and backpacking? Considerations include: folder versus fixed blade/sheath; locking versus spring or friction mechanism; fit for a 9yo hand; and blade geometry. I want to avoid any blade geometry that provides incentives for stabbing as opposed to cutting (I am actually considering a fixed sheepsfoot Mora among my options). Some of the long and thin stockman's blades, for instance, seem to demand that a kid use them to cut holes in leather, wood, etc. The knife should be of decent enough quality that it will last as long as she wants it but won't break the bank when she loses it. Thanks for any suggestions! Wanna kill these ads? We can help!