Learn Knife Safety

We are obsessed with knives, especially sharp ones. Using sharp knives is more enjoyable and it is actually safer than using dull knives. With sharp knives you do not need to use force to cut. Below you will find some more tips that make working with knives in the kitchen safe and fun.

...Tips Before use

  • Make sure you are working on a stable work surface suitable for cutting. Working on an unstable surface might lead to losing control of your knife, which can have painful consequences. Working on surfaces not suitable for cutting can lead to the knife getting stuck or inadvertently cutting through the surface.

  • Remove clutter from your work surface as objects can easily get caught under the blade while cutting. This can damage the knife, the object you are cutting, or result in you losing control of the knife.

...Tips During use

  • Your blade should always point away from your body when cutting. Obviously, make sure no body parts are in the cutting path.

  • Make sure that you are not distracted or bumped into while using a sharp knife, other people should be at a safe distance before cutting.

  • An essential tip for your and your knife's sake is to use knives for their intended purpose only. Using your knife in a way in which they were not designed e.g. to drill holes,  undo screws, or cut on the wrong materials e.g. cutting cardboard with a kitchen knife can damage the blade and cause injury to yourself or others.

  • If a knife is falling (even a safety knife), you risk injury by trying to stop it with your hand or foot. Let the knife fall to the ground rather than trying to grab it as it falls.

...Tips After use

  • When not in use, see that you store your knife or cutter in a safe location. Ideally, they should be in a knife block or on a magnetic knife rail so you know where they are and so the blades edges do not get damaged by knocking into other hard kitchen items.

  • Knives with retractable or folding blades (e.g. a pocket knife) should have the blade retracted immediately after use. Self-retracting safety knives do so automatically, thereby protecting you.

  • Dispose of dull or rusty blades in a blade disposal container. Never discard loose blades in the garbage or leave them where they can injure an unsuspecting person.

  • Maybe fairly obvious, but worth mentioning do not toss a knife to someone. It is also recommended that you do not hand a knife directly to someone. Set down the knife and let the other person pick it up.

Enjoy your knives and be safe!