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Old 12-15-2007, 02:54 PM   #51
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When I was seventeen right out of high school I worked at a loveless turkey plant, where
one of my jobs was folding cardboard boxes to place the turkey`s in, and I learned alot
about papercuts, they cut like a razor, and they hurt the worst, because they cut so
slick they cut the fibers of your skin so clean and that is the reason it hurts so bad and
it takes longer for you wound to heal.
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:09 PM   #52
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I've been lucky that I've managed not to cut myself too much, but I have gotten some nasty cuts from a butter knife. It was a really cheap one from one of those cheap basic kitchen sets--my first cut from those things was from trying to get them out of the packaging! Thankfully we've acquired some better butter knives and I only use the cheap ones if there aren't any other clean ones.
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:35 AM   #53
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Just read all six pages of posts. The only thing that I can add is that I try to precut as much as I can. If it can be done the night before or set up prior to the pan going hot I'll do that. The thing that rushes me is when I lose focus. MDW and I even switch off so if I am at the stove she will prep. It is when one of us tried to do everything fast that an accident has happend. Thank God nothing serious. Guess you could say we try to cut all the ingredients before we start to cook not while we cook. That way we enjoy cooking with wine.
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Old 12-17-2007, 03:08 AM   #54
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When I was seventeen right out of high school I worked at a loveless turkey plant, where
one of my jobs was folding cardboard boxes to place the turkey`s in, and I learned alot
about papercuts, they cut like a razor, and they hurt the worst, because they cut so
slick they cut the fibers of your skin so clean and that is the reason it hurts so bad and
it takes longer for you wound to heal.
Oh man, I feel your pain. I used to work in a shipping department. Papercuts, cardboard papercuts, and cuts from packing staples--some of the worst things ever.
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Old 12-24-2007, 01:05 AM   #55
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I seem to go in cycles- for months at a time I'll work with my knife for many hours daily without so much as a scratch. Then I might get bit several times in one week. Luckily it's been a long time since I've seriously cut myself. I got a pretty good cut my first week as Sous Chef at my last job. The last time I needed to go to the ER was when I was Exec Chef at a hotel in Sioux Falls, about 10 years ago.

Lately my lil' Messermeister birds-beak peeler seems to have it in for me! Quite a few nicks and scratches, but nothing serious.
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Old 12-24-2007, 04:26 AM   #56
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I used to get a lot of teasing in Cairo because all of my friends could tell when the knife sharpening man had come round and sharpened all of my knives and scissors---I had bandaids on every finger as the knives were super sharp!!! I paid him to come to my house once a month and literally he carried an old-fashioned sharpening wheel on his back (from ancient Egyptian times!) I miss Achmed!!
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