The very nature of the Butcher Knife means that they can be incredibly dangerous for those who are exposed to them and use them. Whether they are handling the knives every day or irregularly; mis-use and lack of care can lead to significant and potentially lasting injuries. It is therefore vitally important for those who use knives to understand all of the dangers and how to avoid them.
Firstly, it is vitally important that everybody who is using the Butcher Knife is fully aware of all of the potential dangers and hazards that are presented by knife use. Understanding the risks and how accidents happen, action can be taken to prevent it. The most common of these injuries and dangers are usually cuts and lacerations to the hand. A brief tutorial on these dangers will help alleviate the risk as knowledge is increased.
After the knowledge of risks is imparted, practical safety practices need to be taken. One of the simplest and most effective techniques to keep Butcher Knife usage safe is to keep the knives in perfect condition. Sharpen the knives regularly and keep them clean. This will lead to clean, effective cuts with minimal effort. Hacking away with a poor knife will lead to frustration and a lack of care.
Ensure that a stable Butcher Block is being used. A loose or wobbly Butcher Block may lead to a knife slipping or a cut going askew. Similarly if a Butcher Block is not being use and the cutting surface is slippery, then the knife may slip after a cut has been made. These cuts that slip or go askew can lead to potentially harmful injuries.
After the cut has been made and the Butcher Knife has been used, it needs to be washed. The knife needs to be handled carefully when being washed. The blade in particular must be respected and handled with great care. The blade must always point downwards when the Butcher Knife is being carried. The knife must then be stored carefully and safely in a scabbard or container.
If a Butcher Mincer or band saw is being used, it is important that a chainmail glove is worn. If a chainmail glove is not worn and a slip of the hand it made, these incredibly sharp and powerful tools may lead to severe damage and injury. A chainmail glove with reduce the impact of the blade or mincing mechanism and could potentially save a limb.
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Original Source: Butcher Knife Health & Safety Guide