Educating the Future Of Knives

Educating the Future Of Knives

The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) recently announced it will present a series of informative articles on its website,, that address various aspects of the knife owner’s experience. The first of the series will relate tips and advice on introducing young people to knives.


Among those giving insights in the new AKTI youth knife series will be A.G. Russell. Here a father demonstrates a knife for his son at A.G. Russell Knives retail store in Rogers, Arkansas. (A.G. Russell Knives photo)

“I was always taught that the age of reason was 7, which is also Cub Scout age when I got my first knife,” commented Dan Piergallini, president of the Gator Cutlery Club. “Safety was always stressed, and supervised use of a knife is a must. Also, one must insist that the knife never be taken to school no matter how much you want to show it off.”

Billeb-Jan-2012Along with Piergallini, AKTI Executive Director Jan Billeb, Becky Reid of Shepherd Hills Cutlery, and Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member A.G. Russell will provide insights on their experiences in promoting safety, awareness, respect and proper knife use among young people.

AKTI Executive Director Jan Billeb (left).

Look for the story on kids and knives and subsequent offerings from AKTI to provide timely and relevant perspective on topics of interest to the cutlery community.

“We are excited to bring these informative articles to AKTI members and knife enthusiasts everywhere through our website,” Billeb said. “Introducing knives to the next generation is a key element in promoting their safe use and increasing the understanding of knives as valuable tools that are important in our everyday lives.”

To read the article on kids and knives visit

For more information, call 307-587-8296 or visit Follow AKTI at and

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