Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Knife Safety

A sharp knife can be one of your most important tools. Knives become dull through repeated use. A lot of accidents are knife-related, and dull knives are often the cause. Here are some safety tips when working with or using your knives.

Purchase a good knife. A good knife is heavy and well balanced compared to a flimsy knife that can easily bend or break. Cheap knives do not maintain their edge and they can bend or break. A good knife will last a long time if cared for properly.

Be familiar with your knife. The tip of the knife is the most delicate part and easily broken. The middle section is the most commonly used area and usually does the majority of the work. And the heel or back 1/3 of the knife is the heavy work area.

Protect your fingers and other body parts. Maintain a strong grip on the item you are cutting. Always be aware or where any body parts are in relationship to the knife.

Keep your knife sharp. Many tools are available to keep your knives sharp; such as sharpening rods, whetstones, and hand sharpeners.

Store your knives properly. Use the proper sheath or holder for your knives and never store your knives lose in a drawer or with other tools that can damage the knife blade.

Never try to catch a falling knife. Step back and let it hit the floor.
Never cut anything that is placed in your hand.

Use your knife for its original purpose. Don't use them to open cans, remove bottle caps or cut bones.

Keep your knives clean. Carbon steel knives should be washed and dried after use to prevent rusting. Never, ever place or soak your knives in water.

Always use the correct knife for the job. Spend the time to find the right knife for your intended use.

Stay focused on the work you are doing. Keep your mind on your work when holding a knife and cut away from the body.

The safest knife is a sharp knife. With a sharp knife you have control and can easily get the job done. When the blade is dull, it requires extra force on the knife and may cause it to break resulting in an injury.

I hope that some of you will find these tips handy or just use them to refresh yourself on the importance of the safe use of your knives.

Stay above the water line!



Mayberry said...

My Grandpa gave me a Swiss Army knife when I was a kid. Passed it to me in his Band Aid covered hand, with the following advice: "Don't try to open all the blades at once!" Good advice, heh heh heh.

vlad said...

Teach small children to safely close sharp knives. Place blade , cutting edge away, under thumb of left fist. Release lock. Slowly move handle to cover sharp blade.

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