When it comes to tools in the camper’s, bushcraft or survival arsenal, a pocket knife is certainly among the most important ones. This simple blade can be used for a variety of purposes – you can make other tools out of wood, prepare food, slice ropes, and do many other things with it. But, there’s one thing that everyone should have in mind.
Even though most of the pocket knives are small, they’re still potentially dangerous. That’s exactly why it is essential to treat them with caution, respect, and common sense. In this article, we’ll give you our five safety rules for the pocket knives:
1) KNIFE USE
Every time you’re about to use a pocket knife make sure to establish a “safety circle” around yourself. It’s important that no one can come close enough and get hurt. Do this by holding out the closed knife at arm’s length and spinning it around. It’s important to find enough room to work with it – otherwise, you’re putting everybody else into danger.
The safest way to carve something with it is to cut away from you while holding the knife as tightly as possible. Always use your dominant hand.
2) OPENING AND CLOSING
Almost all pocket knives or everyday carry knives have blades that can be folded, which provides safe handling. Opening and closing this object can be dangerous and challenging, and that’s why it should always be done properly.
First, grip it with your non-dominant hand and use the thumbnail of the other hand to slowly pull the blade out. Make sure that the blade doesn’t snap back into its place, as that could hurt you.
Then, hold the thick part of the blade and pull it until it’s fully out of the case. To close the blade, just do this process in reverse. Grip the base with your non-dominant hand, and use the dominant one to close it. Carefully hold the thick part of the blade and push it back into the case.
3) KNIFE PASSING
Every time you’re about to pass the tool to someone else don’t forget to close it down. But if you have to do it while the blade is open, there’s a proper way to do it.
The person who passes the knife must hold it by its blade, and the blade’s cutting edge needs to face away from that person’s hand. The person who will receive it has to take it by the handle. Once the person takes the handle, he should acknowledge the giver that he can let it go.
4) KNIFE CARE
It’s important to always take care of your pocket knife. A well-maintained knife is not only more useful but also a lot safer. One of the most important safety practices is sharpening it on a regular basis. A dull knife needs a lot of force to be able to cut through things – and this means that it’s more likely to slip and hurt you.
Also, don’t forget to keep it dry, and to clean the blade before you decide to put the knife away. Finally, you should lubricate the knife’s hinge whenever you can, using the appropriate oil. If you notice that the blade of your knife is wobbly, have it repaired or buy another model.
5) IMPROPER USES
Even though the pocket knives are versatile tools, don’t use them for things they’re not designed for. Never use your knife for prying, as the blade could snap and seriously hurt either you or someone else in your vicinity. Instead use a fixed blade knife or a hunting knife which has a more sturdy handle.
By following these rules, you will be able to use your pocket knife in a safe way, without hurting yourself or somebody else.
Another safety option would be a Tactical knife or an OTF knife which is secured inside the knives casing until a button is engaged, triggering the knife to slide out. We hope this article has helped you understand the importance and safety of utilizing your pocket knife – best of luck!