A knife stuck to your hand or a knife on your belt can cause problems.
Here’s how to fix it. 1 / 13 You might not be able to see the knife stuck, but you can always see the blade.
If you can’t see the cut on your hand, that’s a good sign the knife is stuck.
If it’s not, it’s probably just a bad blade, says David Stowe, a professional chef knife user and instructor at The Knife Works in Sydney.
2 / 13 A sharp knife will probably need to be removed to get it to the right position.
If that doesn’t work, you can try a little tweezers on the blade and hold it in place for a while.
3 / 13 If you have a knife with a dull edge, there’s no need to worry.
A dull knife is a good indicator of the knife’s bad edge.
If the blade is dull, you’ll want to look for a better knife, says Stowe.
4 / 13 Try to get the knife to sit flush with your skin.
If your hand doesn’t sit flush, you might need to try a different type of knife, or the blade might need some attention.
You can do this by using a pair of tweezes or a toothpick to push the blade down, and then carefully pulling it out.
5 / 13 The best way to clean a knife is to use a damp towel, says Anthony Tait, a certified knife cleaning professional and owner of KnifeWorks in Melbourne.
6 / 13 Use a sponge to clean the knife if you’re not sure if the blade has been thoroughly cleaned.
7 / 13 Always be careful with the knife.
The blade should be held in place with a rubber band, so that it won’t come out when you use it.
Tait says the best way is to hold the knife in one hand, but that sometimes it’s better to hold it with both hands.
8 / 13 Don’t hold the blade too close to your skin, as that can make the knife stick and scratch your skin when you try to use it again.
9 / 13 Some people find it hard to use knives, because they don’t like to take them apart.
If this is you, check with your doctor about which type of knives to buy and how often you can use them.
10 / 13 To clean a blade, you should wash the blade by placing it in the sink with a hose, a dish towel or a towel of water.
The same technique is recommended for a sharp knife, so it should be left there to be washed.
You should also take a sharp razor blade and a sharp tweezer and clean the blade as well.
11 / 13 Clean your knives regularly.
Every few months, do a quick check with a sharp blade, or a piece of a sharp object, to make sure the blade doesn’t have any chips or cuts, says Tait.
A quick and dirty blade will be easier to use, and you won’t need to put any pressure on it. 12 / 13 When you use a sharp weapon, make sure it is sharp enough.
The sharper you make the blade, the more you’ll need to sharpen it before you can put it back in the knife, he says.
13 / 13 Do a quick, gentle squeeze on the end of the blade to loosen it, so the blade won’t stick.
This is particularly important for a knife that’s been sharpened.
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