How to Use a Knife Safely
Knives are an extremely versatile tool when it comes to DIY. Whether this is your first DIY knife and you're looking for some safety advice, or you're looking to upgrade your existing knives and are looking to brush up on your safety knowledge while you're doing so, you've come to the right place.
In this article, we're going to explain how to use knives for DIY purposes safely and effectively, meaning that you'll be able to get the most out of your knives when you need to use them, and you won't put yourself or others in harms way when you do so.
Correct use of Knives
So, without further ado, here's our guide to using knives safely for DIY.
1 - Understand the Risks
The first step to protecting yourself and others when it comes to knives is to know the risks. Knives – whether straight bladed or serrated, are sharp, and capable of causing great injury; sometimes even worse. Therefore, when you're using a knife, warn the others around you that you're doing so, and make sure that you and they don't take the situation lightly, as one false move has the potential to be fatal.
2 – Everything in Its Right Place
Next, when you're not using your knives, make sure you're storing them correctly to prevent any nasty accidents. If your knives are magnetic, a great way to store them is on a magnetic strip on your wall. This way, you can see them at all times, place them all with the blade facing up, and you can also see when one's gone astray. Don't ever leave knives out on work surfaces where they can be accidentally pushed off.
3 - Blade Down
Thirdly, when you're carrying a knife, make sure you do so with the handle down. This reduces risk significantly, and if you then pass the knife to somebody else, it's less likely to hurt them. Walking around with knives should obviously be something to avoid, but when you do, make sure that you're following the "blade down" advice at all times, as it could potentially be a life saver.
4 - Use Safety Knives Wherever Possible
When the opportunity ever presents itself, make the most of safety knives. Although they're not 100% safe as some companies claim, they are much less dangerous than other more conventional knives. With their relatively small size and flexible blade, they won't be perfect for every job, but they reduce risk when they are usable, so we'd always recommend having one around.
So ultimately, although knives are an extremely useful tool in a variety of DIY situations, it's essential that you know how to make them as safe as possible. Hopefully this guide has helped.