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Old 09-10-2014, 12:08 PM   #1
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I work a lot in the kitchen, trying to learn many different dishes and recipes that I found online and I really do enjoy the time I spend there. What really troubles me is the fact that I am such a clumsy person in the kitchen, and I always accidentally cut my self whenever I prep for meat or vegetables, one time when I use a sharp new knife I cut my finger so deep I thought I hit a major nerves. Does anyone here can give me suggestion on what is the best hand protection so this wont happen again?thank you.

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Old 09-10-2014, 12:15 PM   #2
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Look at this: Epica Cut Resistant Gloves with CE Level 5 Protection, 1 Pair - - Amazon.com
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:18 PM   #3
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I work a lot in the kitchen, trying to learn many different dishes and recipes that I found online and I really do enjoy the time I spend there. What really troubles me is the fact that I am such a clumsy person in the kitchen, and I always accidentally cut my self whenever I prep for meat or vegetables, one time when I use a sharp new knife I cut my finger so deep I thought I hit a major nerves. Does anyone here can give me suggestion on what is the best hand protection so this wont happen again?thank you.
If you have a "proper" butcher (as opposed to buying your meat pre-packed off the stand in the supermarket) pick a quiet day and ask him if he will teach you how to handle your knives. The way to protect your hands when cutting is to learn how to do it properly.

I was taught by my uncle who was a butcher. Another thing he taught me was that you are more likely to cut yourself with a dull (blunt) knife than with a properly sharpened one. Your butcher can show you how to do that too.

Alternatively, if you have a good relationship with the chef at you favourite restaurant s/he can help you with your knives.
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I bought a glove similar to the one in Andy's link. I do feel safer when I use it. But, the ends are starting to unravel a bit. I don't use it often. I mostly use it with my mandolin.

As MC wrote, good knife technique is important. Do you know the "pinch and claw" technique for using a kitchen knife safely? Here's a video that explains it:

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Andy - Nice. In addition take a look at this option as well - http://www.chefscatalog.com/product/28883-chefs-stainless-steel-finger-guard.aspx.

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Not a bad idea but the problem with gloves is that they can make you even more ham-fisted.
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:36 PM   #7
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I have a kevlar glove similar to Andy's rec. I use it for the mandolin, it works well. Quite flexible, just make sure you don't get one that's too big.

MC is right, have someone teach you knife skills.
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+1 on the glove with a Madolin. Especially because the holder than come with mine sucks.
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Old 01-17-2015, 02:00 PM   #9
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How about using one of these beauties ! Some say the slap-chop is a gimmick, but I always thought it looked fun.

My other thought is simple guards such as these :

Safe Slice Knife Guard - Contemporary - by Walter Drake

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Fairly cheap and may be worth a go if safety is your concern!
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Old 01-17-2015, 02:03 PM   #10
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How about using one of these beauties ! Some say the slap-chop is a gimmick, but I always thought it looked fun.

My other thought is simple guards such as these :

Safe Slice Knife Guard - Contemporary - by Walter Drake

Finger Guard

Fairly cheap and may be worth a go if safety is your concern!
I'm not a big fan of such gadgets when proper knife technique is easy to learn and costs nothing.
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