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Knife safety presentation
Knife safety presentation
Knife safety presentation
Knife safety presentation
Knife safety presentation
Knife safety presentation
Knife safety presentation
Knife safety presentation
Knife safety presentation
Knife safety presentation
Knife safety presentation
Knife safety presentation
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Knife Safety Presentation
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  • I just a few days ago discovered that my alternate and myself are considered to be a "work group" and that I would thusly be required to give a safety presentation.  After all the requisite cursing, moaning, hand-wringing, and gnashing of my teeth was complete, I realized that, as a lover of irony, human folly, and possessing the ability to laugh at myself, my safety topic had already chosen me.
  • Today- We're going to take an in-depth look into safe use of knives, at the work site and at home.In the interest of "full disclosure" I first would like to give a small glimpse into how I spent my Memorial Day weekend: You see, what I engaged in was a tragic comedy of errors.This exercise in poor judgment commenced when the lovely Ms. asked me to cut up and grate some cheese for her fabulous Jalapeno and cheese cornbread, which we were taking to a friends’ picnic.  I initially looked upon this task with eagerness and zeal!  You the moment she asked this of me, my eyes fell upon the small pile of hunting and camping knives I'd just sharpened the previous evening; having ensured that each of them would surgically remove print from a magazine page.  (Heaven forbid I should slice cheese with a kitchen knife like a normal person.) At this point, I guess it's safe to say my pre-job planning completely fell apart, or was rather...proven non-existent. Maybe I need to get a bunch of them FHA forms, and start filling them out around the house? Even though I had one of those big ole ten pound blocks of Sharp Cheddar cheese like ya' get at Costco, and I had an incredibly sharp knife, it had never dawned on me that I really SHOULD have a cutting board for this endeavor.  Maybe I was just eager to get started?  Maybe I was embarrassed at the notion of being knocked on my can by my beloved little spouse that was erratically zipping around the kitchen, or maybe I was just lazy.  In any case I began the task without the proper tools.  The job actually went pretty well- I cut up and grated her cheese, into a nice, neat pile for her to use.  But then I decided to steal a couple of little pieces of cheese for myself and our daughter Victoria to nibble on.  THAT was the moment Karma bit me in the rear, presumably for thievery.  The knife that was cutting so cleanly and beautifully slipped right out of the fore mentioned food item, and INTO the hand that was securing that food item, since I had broken the golden rule and cut towards myself.  –More specifically, I had a wide, ugly gash that was approximately two inches long and an inch deep on my palm.
  • It was immediately evident that Super glue and duct tape were NOT going to fix this particular wound, to the ER we went, to visit with all the happy staff that was most assuredly THRILLED to be spending their Memorial Day weekend with folks like me.  After a long bout of waiting, and aggravation, I finally saw the Dr. who stitched me up, and informed me that if I was just hell-bent to commit such a fallacious act as a self inflicted knife wound, I hit the perfect spot. Just a little bit more to any direction would have severed major tendons, ligaments, arteries, nerve damage, etc.  As it was, I just cut plain old muscle and tissue.  Frighteningly, he also mentioned that I didn't even rank anywhere near close to the stupid scale in comparison to the people he'd see before the weekend was over.We did make it to our Memorial Day Picnic.  And I must say, that a large clump of wound dressing on the hand is a GREAT conversation starter, but really not worth the cost. It hurt like hell, cost me money, and screwed up my R&R because I had to take extensive measures to protect my stitches and keep the wound clean.  Not to mention it's a bit embarrassing.  Just taking a few seconds to get a darn cutting board, and follow a simple knife safety rule that every Cub Scout is aware of would have saved me a lot of aggravation. 
  • So, anyways...I shall go forth with my pontification, and try to keep it interesting for y'all.Let's get the boring stuff out of the way first.  A lot of these guidelines very much boil down to the use of what we frequently refer to as "Common Sense"  Just...try to bear with me and keep in mind that "COMMON sense...aint always as "common" as we would like to think. [READ FROM LIST AS SHOWN]
  • Most of y'all know I'm kind of a knife enthusiast of sorts.  As such I can't resist the mention of the importance of knife selection.  A knife does not have to be expensive to be effective, but like anything else in this world, forethought is recommended, and it's rarely as simple a process as it seems from the initial perspective. As a general rule, knives from China, Pakistan, India, and the like should be immediately held in suspicious regard.  Also view knives that advertise "Surgical Stainless", 420J or "forged Stainless" as being suspect.  Most quality knives will have the specific type of steel used stamped on the knife, or readily accessible in literature.  Some common samples would be 1095 Carbon, Sandvik 12C27, Sandvik 13C28,420HC, 440A,B,C, AUS-6, AUS-8, ATS-34, ATS-55 154cm, VG-10, S30V, S60V, ZDP-189, etc. A further word on China-  It is a common practice in Chinese Industrial cities to have a "Steel of the day" special, which is basically pot metal crap.  The steel of the day" is basically toys, bicycle parts, auto parts, defective nuclear missile parts, and anything else that can't even pass Chinese QC and can be melted down. A no name Chinese knife distributor will purchase this "Steel of the day" and make your sweet deal $2.00 knife with it, dangerously poor fit and finish, and non-existent QC.  There are quality knives that come from China, but as a general rule, you WILL GET what you pay for.
  • Be wary of the trendy and exotic knives- knife manufacturing has become extremely competitive- manufacturers are struggling daily to stay one step ahead of each other.  This brings about constant cost cutting attempts and innovations.  A huge consideration is aesthetics.  Novel designs sell things- be it cars, knives or other items; having said that, they are not always necessary, or recommended.  They can result in a clumsy handling knife, uncomfortable handles, unreliable blade and lock designs, lack of durability etc.  A knife is not unlike alot of us in that regard- It aintgotta be purty, it's just gotta work.
  • Ensure that a knife is suited and tailored to the task at hand.  One example of this is a trend of the civilian market to buy incredibly thick, overbuilt, and generally inefficient knives for simple, day to day cutting tasks because it's marketed towards the Military, Police, or some other various Agencies.  When selecting a knife, remember this- There are pro's and cons to every aspect.  A cheap knife will not hold an edge as effectively as a more expensive one.  A small, handy, and lightweight pen knife will not be as rugged or versatile as a larger, heavier duty work knife.  A thin, overly keen edge will not hold, or be as durable.  An overly thick, broad edge will not cut effectively; a smooth edge will not cut rope and cardboard effectively.  A coarse, serrated edge won't whittle or do fine tasks as well, etc.   For something a bit more, enlightening and entertaining I dug up a couple of videos on knife use and safety in my two favorite environments… 
  • For something a bit more, enlightening and entertaining I dug up a couple of videos on knife use and safety in my two favorite environments… …The kitchen and the woods.  (The Reckless chef) 6:20  (Ray Mears axe use) 4:17  (Comprehensive rusky) 6:58
  • Transcript

    • 1. Knife Safety
      Presented by:
      Mike Raynovic
      AES at Milne Point
    • 2. Cheesy Lesson on choice of tool
    • 3. Poor choices result in expensive lessons.
    • 4. Knife Safety Tips
      Cut away from your body, not toward it.
      (Have we emphasized this one enough yet??)
      If you drop your knife, let it fall. 
      Don’t attempt to catch it.
      Never run with a knife.
      Don’t throw a knife to anyone.
      Hand it to them, handle first, sharp
      edge and point away from you and
      the other person.
      Never point a knife at anyone.
    • 5. Knife Safety Tips
      Do not use a locking blade if the lock will not lock open.
      Mikey's note:  You can never get hurt by a defective blade lock if you treat every folding knife as though it has a non-locking blade.
      Make sure the lock is working before using it.
      Mikey's note:  Pocket lint is the most common issue.
      Keep your knife folded or sheathed when carrying or storing.
    • 6. Knife Safety Tips
      Use a sharpening stone, not a power grinder to sharpen your knife.
      A power grinder can make the edge brittle and will void the warranty. 
      Mikey's note:  Knife makers, professional sharpeners, and the like CAN get around this one, but usually only after numerous hours of metallurgical research, pragmatic experience, and for me anyways...a very large pile of broken and screwed up knives.
    • 7. Knife Safety Tips
      Use the right tool for the job.
      Don’t use a knife for prying. It can cause the tip to break, possibly causing injury.
      Mikes note:  A knife is the most expensive and least effective pry bar you'll ever use!!
    • 8. Knife Safety Tips
      Use in a well-lit area, so you can see what you’re doing.
      Do not use a knife on “live” electrical items like appliances.
      Keep your knife clean, particularly the locking mechanism.
    • 9. Knife Safety Tips
      Keep your knife oiled and sharp.
      A sharp knife is safer than a dull one.
      If you get cut, seek First-Aid
      Mikeys' final addendum: 
      If you have cut gloves available, use them. 
      I have plenty in the tool room here at work; and if you need to buy a pair at home, they're pretty darn cheap.
    • 10. Choices
      Knife selection
      Expense vs. Effectiveness
      Be an informed shopper.
      Ask Questions, Seek Answers
      Quality can often be clearly seen
      1095 Carbon, Sandvik 12C27, Sandvik 13C28,420HC, 440A,B,C, AUS-6, AUS-8, ATS-34, ATS-55 154cm, VG-10, S30V, S60V, ZDP-189
    • 11. Choices
      Trendy and exotic
      Cost cutting and competition between manufacturers
      Aesthetics and novel design
      Unreliable and unsafe
    • 12. Choices
      Intended Use
      Who is the user?
      For what purpose?
      Weigh the pro’s and cons
      Thick / thin
      Smooth / serrated
    • 13. For Your Entertainment