Tips for Knife Safety

Here are some safety tips for using knives, courtesy of our knife sharpener, Rod Koozmin. You can bring Rod your knives and scissors for sharpening at our Fairfax Corner and Reston locations.

Cut away from your hand and body, not toward yourself.

If you drop your knife, let it fall. Don’t attempt to catch it.

Never run with a knife.

Use a proper cutting board. Don’t try and cut in the air without one.

Don’t throw a knife to anyone. Hand it to them handle first.

Never point a knife at anyone.

Do not use a locking blade if the lock will not lock open. Make sure the lock is working before using it.

Keep your knife folded or sheathed when carrying or storing.

Use the right tool for the job.

Don’t use a knife for prying. It can cause the tip to break, possibly causing injury.

Use in a well-lit area, so you can see what you are doing.

Do not use a knife on electrical items such as appliances.

Keep your knife clean, particularly the locking mechanism.

Keep your knife oiled and sharp. A sharp knife is safer than a dull one.

If you get cut, seek first aid immediately.