Knife handling wisdom and advice

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

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  1. Crimson Cloud

    Crimson Cloud Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 9, 2018
    "If it's not in your hand, it's back in your sheath / pocket".

    This is one that I use to remind myself to not set a knife down with the idea that I will pick it right back up, which doesn't always happen as planned. No more leaving a knife out assuming I will continue working. I just sheath it or clip it back on my pocket, where I know it will be when I need it next.
     
  2. Pinemoon

    Pinemoon Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    Yes, Sir, I heard that from a Spanish knife maker :thumbsup:
    Artesania Herrerros used to be a member here. His website is still available however.
    I've two of his navaja

    [​IMG]IMG_20190525_32512 by D P, on Flickr
     
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  3. Houlahound

    Houlahound

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    Aug 2, 2017
    Using a knife as a fork is better left in the days of old.
     
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  4. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
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    Beautiful knives ! And, yes, I've been (loosely) following Artesania Herrerros... He makes very beautiful knives.

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  5. SteelJunkee

    SteelJunkee

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    May 6, 2018
    Keep fingertips curled.
     
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  6. cnm123

    cnm123 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    this^^^
     
  7. cnm123

    cnm123 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    and this +++++
     
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  8. Lodd

    Lodd Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 23, 2015
    "Be gentle around the sheeple, lest you startle them."

    (I just made that up).
     
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  9. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Surprisingly this one came to me from my mom, of course not these exact words but still a surprisingly smart knife related lesson coming from someone who's not the brightest bulb on the strand sometimes :D

    When I was a kid I had acquired a Schrade 34OT that my mom's boyfriend at the time suggested was too sharp and should be dulled some so I wouldn't cut myself, and my mom's reply was that a dull knife was more dangerous and a clean cut from a sharp knife would heal faster.
     
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  10. specgrade

    specgrade Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 21, 2009
    The BEST knife is the one you carry.
     
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  11. slyraven

    slyraven

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    Feb 19, 2019
    That is actually sound advice!
     
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  12. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp Oatmeal Pecan is better than Chocolate-chip. Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    "Always juggle your knives near children and puppies."

    "If god wanted you to keep your knife in a sheath he wouldn't have made your neighbor's cat."

    "Always catch a falling knife. Your hands are magic and heal themselves. A cut lasts a week; a broken tip lasts forever."
     
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  13. sailfish

    sailfish Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jan 1, 2019
    This is why earlier this evening I realized my Leatherman is currently sitting above a ceiling tile sixty miles away.
     
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  14. Crimson Cloud

    Crimson Cloud Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 9, 2018
    Damn, man. I certainly couldn't hit the 'like' button, so I'll just say directly that I feel for your situation, and hope it's not a loss.
     
  15. Smiling

    Smiling

    Nov 21, 2019
    I was sitting on a woodstump trying to carve something out of small branch I just chopped.
    The knife I was using was Recon Tanto. I just added some pressure and slid my blade, it suddenly went through the branch, and has caught edge of my pants next to my knee and gave my pants a cut.

    I learned 2 things that day:
    1. Always pay attention on what's behind the thing you're trying to cut.
    2. Recon Tanto is a really poor choice for carving, or I just suck at carving that much (possibly both)
     
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  16. sailfish

    sailfish Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jan 1, 2019
    It's a place I'll be back at sooner or later so I'm not too freaked out.
     
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  17. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    I hit like because I got a good laugh remembering all the tools and knives (sunglasses, too) I left on roofs, cabin tops, benches, treestumps... I rode back many miles sometimes to retrieve them and sometimes just accepted the loss. That made someone's lucky day, for sure. On the roof ? You can be rather assured it is still waiting for you.
     
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  18. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Never play card with a man named after a city, or a woman with a knife tattoo.


    Treat every knife like it's loaded. Never point a knife at anything you don't want to kill.... wait.
     
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  19. sailfish

    sailfish Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jan 1, 2019
    Wouldn't be the first time I've done it. But I've been lucky that they're places I return to almost immediately after realizing they're gone. Fortunate enough too that I still haven't dropped anything down between the studs when working above ceilings yet. I'd never get that back.
     
  20. sailfish

    sailfish Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jan 1, 2019
    I learned this lesson the day I accidentally cut into a brand new custom made heat exchanger with a sawzall. The cut was shallow enough and in a location that the day was still saved but that was probably a $2k part with a month-long wait time and another thousand bucks and a day with a crane to get another one up there. So I just consider myself lucky and gotten away with a lesson learned.
     
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