Some big no-no’s: Throwing a knife Using a dull or dirty blade Handing a knife to someone blade first Cutting while others are within your “safety circle” (arm’s length) Carrying an open pocket knife Carving into something that doesn’t belong to you Cutting toward your body
Keep the folding swing area clear of all limbs?No stabbing movesAre there other things that need to be mentioned compared to fixies and foldies?
Ok, my son (11) is in a similar situation. So we assume he understands the basics...- only cut away from yourself- hold the handle firmly with a proper hand grip- be aware of what’s around you (people/pets)- only cut what’s meant to be cut and within the limits of the knife and your strength/ability- do not carry with the blade open (if you have to, only with the blade pointing down)- never try to catch a falling knife- keep the blade sharp (I do the sharpening for my son)- don’t lend your knife to other peopleSpecific to folding blades:- never use the back of the blade for anything- Always hold the handle with the blade edge facing downwards (away from you)- don’t rotate the knife in your hand for cutting in different directions - learn about the tools, what each do and how to use them. Take note which can cause injury - practice opening and closing the main blade and any tool with a sharp edge/point- only open one tool at a time. It looks cool to open them all up, but the springs are not designed for this, and you increase the risk of injury when multiple tools are open- never, ever, let your finger move across/between the gap when opening or closing a tool- learn the habit of holding the knife’s sides firmly with your finger tips when deploying any tool, and keeping your fingertips planted in the same place until the tool is fully open. If your fingers don’t shift, you can’t cut yourself. - closing a tool can be more dangerous than opening because of the snap action. Get familiar with the action and keep fingers away from the gap.- Remember that the tip on the main blade travels fastest and comes down at the very end of the handle, so extra caution is needed closing the main blade. There are probably more tips, but these are the main ones I shared with my son. Best safety rule is practice, practice, practice... good luck!
I'm gifting out a custom sak tomorrow to a boy turning ten that has f all folding blade experience.What would be a few key points of advice to get him started?Thanks in advance.
Quote from: Mechanickal on February 22, 2019, 10:18:42 AMKeep the folding swing area clear of all limbs?No stabbing movesAre there other things that need to be mentioned compared to fixies and foldies?Handle all knifes as if they were slipjoints. No prying, no drilling with the blade. Locks can fail.
Never rush the cutting task.