Posted on 03 February 2012.
The first utility knife safety tip is to choose the proper knife for the job.
Utility knives come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, and though these knives may be versatile, each is designed for a particular purpose.Learn which utility knife blade is appropriate for the task you’re planning on doing, to ensure that the cutting job is done safely and correctly.
What material are you planning on cutting? Wood, cardboard, plastic, or fabric? Select the appropriate knife for the job. The edge of your knife should indicate it’s designated purpose.Blades with fine edges tend to produce smoother, cleaner cuts, while serrated knife blades are good for cutting packaging materials and cardboard.
Ensure that you’ve got a secure grip. One of the most important factors in utility knife safety is ensuring that you have a secure grip on the knife handle. If you can firmly grasp the knife handle, you’ll lessen the chance of your hand slipping forward onto the blade, not to mention you’ll be putting less stress on your hand. Before purchasing a knife, ensure the handle feels comfortable in your grip.Also keep in mind you should be able to perform cutting jobs without excessive wrist movement or bending.
Pay attention. To prevent knife accidents to yourself and others, pay attention while you’re using the tool. Always use a cutting motion away from the body and stand well away from others. That’ll prevent the knife from cutting you or another individual if your grip slips. Remember that it only takes a second of distraction when you’ve got a sharp blade in your hand to result in a serious cut or injury. Don’t perform cutting tasks while talking with others, and don’t let your mind wander. If you’re interrupted during your cutting task, place the knife down and finish the job later. Continue Reading
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Posted on 02 February 2012.
In today’s modern world, foodstuff, electronic devices and even clothing apparel all come packaged in sturdy containers that are reinforced with plastic tape seals and hard to snap cords. Opening that type of packaging can be a bit tasking to the regular Jane Doe who typically isn’t equipped with reliable cutting devices such as utility knife blades or the more sophisticated retractable razor blade to open the lids in a convenient manner. While the reliable kitchen knife has been with us since the time of our forefathers and cuts through almost anything, the tool is nonetheless bulky; hard to maintain and is definitely no match for the modern packaging system.
So how can household and offices cope with this necessity? Well, users can get by with a combination of age-old procedures that have transpired through generations and mainstream cutting tools devised for said purpose. Below is a rundown of the popular and time tested packaging cutting tools.
Packaging Cutter. Also known as the box cutter, this type of cutter sports a retractable or snap off razor blade and is often used to unpack carton boxes; typically with reference to goods and equipment packaging. The tool is outfitted with a rectangular handle that serves as depository of a single edge razor blade. Securing the razor blade when in use is a sleeve on one side of the handle that slides up or down on the blade. The user can actually adjust the handle to limit blade exposure to a length that is necessary to cut through thin corrugated fiberboard and paperboard.
Fixed Blade Utility Knife. Cutters set with one fixed blade are typically designed to suit particular applications. Light duty utility knife blades the size of a pencil are outfitted with moderately thick blades. The design of the blade, along with its handle, allows for the convenient incision of thin, lightweight materials and cuts that require a high degree of accuracy and control, making it a perfect tool for arts and crafts, and scale model projects. The heavy duty fixed blades, meanwhile, are manufactured with more sophisticated materials and construction. This type of one piece construction is intended for multipurpose cutting applications. Continue Reading
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Posted on 12 January 2012.
Knives are an important part of the history of mankind. These handy tools have made it possible to survive. They are more than simple cutting stones, fashioned from rock. They come in a large assortment of styles and materials. The utility knife is a very important tool to have. You can find many reasons to buy them. Here are a few to think about.
Multipurpose knives are much more than cutting tools. You can perform an amazing amount of tasks with them. Take the screwdriver, for example. Many of these knives have them available at your fingertips. You may be far out in the wilderness and need to assemble something. Your car may be broke down, many miles from home. Maybe a rubber fuel line or hose has broken.
When hoses crack or break, it will often be at the clamp. You can remove the clamp and cut the cracked portion from the hose. All you have to do, is reattach the hose and clamp. Your car will be back in service. A screwdriver is perfect for many other tasks, like prying. You may need a screwdriver at home. Maybe you cannot find one. Relax, you have one in your pocket. This is very convenient.
Do you always remember to bring knives and forks, when you travel? Suppose you are on a fishing or hunting trip. You unpack the food and there are no eating utensils. However, you have some in your pocket. This is one less thing to pack. In a survival situation, eating utensils are a welcome sight. They are good to have.
You may go fishing, on occasion. Suppose you have very good luck. Fresh, fried fish, is a very good meal. If you have fish cleaning tools with you, it is much easier. If not, you may have to eat beans. This is one more thing, you may not have to pack for the trip. Continue Reading
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