Top 5 Safety Tips when Using Your Knives
Here, we’ll cover a few of the most essential safety tips to keep your knives secure, out of your kids’ reach, and for safe use when you need it most. Hopefully
As one of the most versatile and useful tools, a knife is certainly an everyday item you’ll likely use in a number of different situations. Whether you’re an avid hiker, nature enthusiast, or you’re building and repairing all kinds of things in your garage, an automatic knife, for example, can be extremely useful. Still, even with the best manufacturers and design solutions, automatic knives, as well as all other types of knives require proper handling and safekeeping to prevent injuries and misuse of any kind.
Here, we’ll cover a few of the most essential safety tips to keep your knives secure, out of your kids’ reach, and for safe use when you need it most. Hopefully, these tips will help you preserve your knives even longer, ensuring their own durability, as well.
Storage and safekeeping
As responsible as you might be when using a knife, you cannot rely on everyone around you to practice the same level of mindfulness and awareness. Especially If you have kids, you cannot leave your tools, your knives included, lying around the house or the garage.
Instead, you need to make sure that your knives are safely stored in a container that your kids cannot reach, or lock them away in a safe. When you’re hiking or traveling with your kids, make sure that your knife is safely stored, or that you are the only one with access to it.
Keep your knife sharp
This might seem counterintuitive at first, but dull knives are much more dangerous for you and those around you, while they will fail to serve their main purpose. A dull blade will require more force to be used, and the knife will be more prone to slipping, which can ultimately lead to cuts and other injuries.
So, keeping your blade sharp will actually prolong its life and it will allow you to use your knife more easily, with less effort, and with less risk of getting hurt.
Use your knives for their intended purpose
How likely are you to pull out a massive bread knife to mince or dice garlic? Hopefully not at all, if you’re a true knife connoisseur. The same logic should apply to your own automatic knives. They are portable, compact, and typically made of extremely durable materials, but they still need to be handled with care if you want to keep them for years.
Depending on their shape, size, and blade type, different automatic knives can be used for a wide array of purposes, from woodwork, opening boxes, cutting rope, all the way to all kinds of use in nature. Research different knives to see what kind of a blade will be suitable for your goals, especially if you’re a hiker and you spend most of your time outdoors, since your survival might depend on this trusty tool.
Practice safe knife handling
Common sense is your best friend when you’re handling a knife, but sometimes we all need a reminder or two when it comes to protecting ourselves when we use different tools.
- Don’t run with the knife in your hands, or your pocket.
- Always focus when working with a knife, because distractions can lead to injuries.
- Take your time and don’t rush the process, because you can get hurt if you try to use brute force when handling your knife.
- Use gloves when appropriate.
- Always cut away from your body.
- Never touch the blade.
- If you’re using a switchblade, be mindful when passing the knife to another person – always do so with the blade closed.
Clean your knives regularly
Would you ever store your pilers, screwdrivers, or wrenches covered in dirt, oil, or any kind of residue? Chances are that you take excellent care of your toolbox and its contents, so you need to apply the same dedication and discipline with all of your knives. After all, depending on the material of your knives, they’ll need different kind of maintenance, so that you can extend their lifespan, and of course, ensure their safety at all times.
If you’re using your knives for cutting boxes open, you should clean the adhesive residue right away, to avoid dirt buildup over time. The same applies for using your knife in nature, where you can immediately use a cloth for wiping any dirt away. However, even when you want to store your knife away, check for any lint or dirt to remove it before you put your knife in storage. Lubricants are also a great addition to your maintenance, because you’ll be able to open your pocket knife in one smooth move.
Too many people take their everyday carry knives for granted, which might be dangerous, or simply make your knife useless sooner than it would actually need a fresh replacement. To protect yourself and the tool itself, implement these safety tips and your automatic knives will serve you well for years on end.