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Fixed Blade Knives: The Most Important Safety Considerations

Fixed Blade Knives: The Most Important Safety Considerations

Fixed blade knives have been used for thousands of years, so it’s not surprising that they are known as one of the most dependable tools available. However, even with a fixed blade knife, there are some safety considerations to keep in mind to ensure its safe and proper use. This blog post will look at some of the most important safety considerations when using a fixed blade knife.

Know Your Knife

It is essential to be familiar with your knife before using it, especially if you are using a folding knife model. Make sure you understand how it works – is it single-edged? Double-edged? Does it have a locking mechanism? Many folding models also feature an ever-open design which means that the handle can rotate onto the blade, so make sure you know how to operate yours safely.

Sharpen Properly

A blunt or dull blade is more dangerous than a sharp one as it increases the likelihood of slippage when cutting which can cause serious injury. To prevent this from happening, it is important to ensure that your blade is always sharpened correctly and regularly maintained in order to avoid accidents during usage.

Handle With Care

The handle of your fixed blade should be checked regularly for any signs of chipping or wear and tear which could reduce its stability when in use. If you find any defects on the handle, then get them repaired as soon as possible as using a damaged handle can greatly increase the chances of having an accident while using your knife. Additionally, always wear protective gloves when handling any type of knife!

Store Safely

When storing knives - especially those without sheaths - make sure they are kept away from children and out of reach at all times just in case someone were to mistakenly grab them without realising what they were handling! An alternative option would be investing affordably priced closed cases/boxes specifically designed for knife & tool storage where any accidental accesses would be easily prevented! Lastly - never leave knives unattended; this includes after washing them in hot water (due to potential warping) or when cleaning out pockets/bags etc where forgotten leftovers could potentially become hazardous hazards later down line if left unchecked!

Use Appropriately

You should only use your fixed blade for its intended purposes – not just whatever comes up! If something needs slicing open or cutting apart then stop and think - is my current setup suitable enough form job at hand? Overloading blades above their capabilities (e.g sharpening too aggressively) can lead quickly into disastrous consequences like sudden breakages mid tasks which almost always bring risk injuries alongside wasted hours trying fix mistakes caused by ignorance! Be aware, stay smart and stay safe everyone!

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