Knife handling wisdom and advice

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by slyraven, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. slyraven


    Feb 19, 2019
    Post here wise sayings and advice for handling knives. Getting stuck or sliced happens to the best of us, and maybe we can save some fingers here. Plus, I am not the best so I could definitely use some sound advice to use and pass on to generations to come.

    The biggest one I remember is: Never catch a falling knife if you drop it. Obviously, you may catch the blade and cut yer fingers off. I cringe just thinking about it.

    Please feel free to add.
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  2. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    Folders fold.
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  3. jackknife


    Oct 2, 2004
    "Doesn't have to be big, just sharp."
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  4. jackknife


    Oct 2, 2004
    Any knife that folds, is an accident waiting to happen.
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  5. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    A sharp knife is a safe knife and a dull knife is a dangerous one.
  6. midnight flyer

    midnight flyer Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Always use a knife as it was designed, as a cutting tool. Nothing more than that.

    Never trust a lock on a knife. There is no such thing as "nearly as sturdy" as a fixed blade. If you need a fixed blade, buy and carry a fixed blade. In construction, I use my folding lockers all day long. But I only use them as intended, to cut things. The locks don't collapse, my fingers are all intact, and I only nick myself if I slip when using the knife, or drop it. (See above!) Think of locks on a knife as a poor safety on a gun. They should work fine, but what happens if they don't? This philosophy has served me well since my first locker bought in 1975.

    Don't buy crappy knives for any reason.

    Just had this very same conversation with my nephew.

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  7. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Ti anodizing, and mods Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    I was always told "Cut towards your buddy, not your body":D
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  8. Kiteman72

    Kiteman72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2015
    As you go through your life
    Two rules will never bend
    Do not whittle toward yourself
    Or pee against the wind.

    I heard this somewhere when I was a youngster...

    I actually whittle toward myself all the time so I look at it as more poetic than instructional.
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  9. The Aflac Duck

    The Aflac Duck Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    “A woman’s eyes cut deeper than a knife”
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  10. E-Tone


    Feb 23, 2015
    In the Boy Scouts we had a rule that when handing someone a knife, you must wait to hear "thank you" before letting go of it to insure it isn't dropped.

    Also we had a thing called a "Blood Line" which was where you would hold your knife out at arms length (closed) and turn around 360 degrees to establish a zone free of people so you can use your knife safely.

    Might seem silly to some but when you have 10-20 ten-year old kids with pocket knives, its better safe than sorry lol.
  11. Natlek


    Jun 9, 2015
    Use it when you really need it, not to play with it
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  12. jc57


    Nov 28, 2012
    "A falling knife has no handle."

    Never try to catch it, just get out of the way and worry about fixing it later.
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  13. Kiteman72

    Kiteman72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2015
    I am very much against this sentiment. I am playing with it constantly!
  14. specgrade


    Nov 21, 2009
    Play with knives long enough, you will get cut.
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  15. Rhinoknives1

    Rhinoknives1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2013
    If you have been peeing into the wind, Please stand down wind!:)
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  16. Keyopp

    Keyopp Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    I'll second these ones:



    ... especially if you try and stab with it"

    (This one is a bit harder to see)
  17. GB940Rookie

    GB940Rookie Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2016
    Always run with knives, around the pool, with children present.
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  18. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Platinum Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    Pay attention.
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  19. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Platinum Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    Don’t double tap...
  20. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    Knife is your best friend ;).
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