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					Knife Safety
A knife is a tool, not a toy!


DO ...

    1.    Buy a good quality knife - cheap knives with all the fancy doodads will need constant sharpening,
          and fall apart under regular use. Expect to pay $20 and up for a simple two blade knife.
    2.    Keep the blades closed except when using them
    3.    Only open ONE blade or instrument at a time.
    4.    To open the blade, use thumbnail in slot, pull out the blade until you can grip the sides, and pull it
          all the way open, keeping the hands away from the blade at all times.
    5.    To close a blade, hold the handle in one hand, with the fingers safely on the sides. Push against
          back of blade with fingers of other hand to close blade.
    6.    Cut away from yourself....
    7.    This is particularly important - more thumbs have been damaged both in the workplace and home
          this way than can be imagined. If you cut the skin between thumb and hand, you may lose some
          functions of your thumb for life !
    8.    Keep a knife sharp, clean and dry....
    9.    Learn how to sharpen a knife properly.
    10.   A dull knife is not safe - it is more difficult to control, and requires more cutting force - leading to
          more chance of slipping, and damage.
    11.   A clean blade will last longer and require less sharpening.
    12.   Close the blade when you pass the knife to someone else.
    13.   Make small shavings and chips when using the knife. Do not try to make big shavings, or you will
          end up having to apply too much force and slip... see above.

DO NOT...

    1.  Wave it around, or point it at anyone !
    2.  Play sword fighting !
    3.  Carry it around open !
    4.  If you fall down with an open knife you can do serious damage to yourself.
    5.  Use it as a hammer - especially with the blade open - the blade may slip and cut you or another
        innocent person !
    6. Pound on the knife with another tool - it may bend, break, or cut you !
    7. Cut towards you (see above) !
    8. Throw a knife !
    9. Pry with the point of the cutting blade - it can snap off.
    10. Put a knife in a fire - the blades are tempered (hardened), and heating will ruin the temper, and
        weaken the knife. It will certainly be blunt if you heat it up !

Cleaning the knife.

    1.    Open all the blades, being careful not to cut your fingers.
    2.    Twirl a small piece of cloth or paper towel onto the end of a toothpick. You can also use a Q-tip or
          other similar stick with a cleaning swab.
    3.    Moisten it with light oil and wipe the inside of the knife. Be sure to clean the joint at the base of
          each blade.
    4.    Remove excess oil with a clean cloth or stick.
    5.    If you have used your knife to cut or otherwise prepare food, you can clean it first with hot soapy
          water as with dishes (not dishwasher), rinse with hot water, and place on a cloth to dry. The hot
          water rinse will ensure that it dries quickly.

				
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