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Old 11-21-2010, 12:23 PM   #31
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To inject a small bit of humor here, I once cut off the tip of my index finger while slicing some Portuguese sausage in Hawaii, at a friend's house. It simply would not stop bleeding, so off to the emergency room at Kanaohe MCAS. As they rushed me in, the doc (a woman) and the medic (a man) were talking. I overheard him asking why in the heck (hey, they were Navy/Marines, so heck wasn't the word) women were always coming in with knife wounds on the weekends. The doc replied (and again, expletives deleted), when was the last time YOU fixed a Sunday champagne brunch?

And, yes, copious amounts of champagne were involved.

While I don't know if dull knife cuts are worse than sharp knife cuts, I do believe you are less likely to cut yourself if your knife is good and sharp. It is less likely to slip off an onion or tomato.
So true!!
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:32 PM   #32
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While I don't know if dull knife cuts are worse than sharp knife cuts, I do believe you are less likely to cut yourself if your knife is good and sharp. It is less likely to slip off an onion or tomato.
The cuts from a dull knife are often worse because people apply too much pressure to the knife to make it cut.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:44 PM   #33
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I cut myself dozens of times until I was given a set of decent Henckel knives. Suddenly, with properly sharp knives I didn't cut myself as often.

I learned proper cutting techniques from Graham Kerr on TV. Made all the difference in the world. Also, using the proper knife for the job makes a big difference, too.

(sidenote: Anyone else have a REALLY stupid pinky when you started cooking? )
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:27 PM   #34
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I just got my first "real" chef's knife last week. My first task with the knife was to dice an onion. I was really excited but also incredibly nervous. I think I was trying to be too careful. I didn't cut myself but I wasn't cutting very straight until I just relaxed and made a point to enjoy using the new knife. I can definitely see how a dull knife would inflict greater injury just because of the force that is put behind it. I love my new knife but also respect it :)
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:22 PM   #35
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I've cut myself pretty bad before. And for a while, It did cause me to have fear that it could happen again. Just keep doing it, and eventually you'll get used to it. Just remember to always keep your finger tips curled inward while you're cutting vegetables etc. After a while, my fear did go away :)
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:35 PM   #36
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I sliced a piece of my finger off on an electric meat slicer. While I was inspecting the damage, one of my coworkers cleaned the machine and threw the filet of finger in the garbage with the Black Forest Ham shavings. I had to rummage through the garbage and find it. I washed it off and put it back on my finger the best I could. Wrapped it up and went to the hospital where the doctor used 8 stitches to sew it back on
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I sliced a piece of my finger off on an electric meat slicer. While I was inspecting the damage, one of my coworkers cleaned the machine and threw the filet of finger in the garbage with the Black Forest Ham shavings. I had to rummage through the garbage and find it. I washed it off and put it back on my finger the best I could. Wrapped it up and went to the hospital where the doctor used 8 stitches to sew it back on


I'm glad it turned out okay.
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Just remember to always keep your finger tips curled inward while you're cutting vegetables etc. After a while, my fear did go away :)
And tuck your thumb behind your fingers.
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I'm glad it turned out okay.
Thanks! It was fine. You know what they say "No Brain, No Pain"

Actually, I put on a Latex glove and went back and finished my shift. The owner gave me a raise on my next cheque. All's well that ends well.

And I learned that a piece of finger sure does resemble a piece of ham...
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And I learned that a piece of finger sure does resemble a piece of ham...
Hahaha! I'm glad it worked out but it's sad to find out that way!
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