Stanley Knife Safety

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Stanley Knife Safety
Stanley makes an assortment of knives. (a sharp utility knife image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Stanley Hand Tools is famous for the several different types of knives that it manufactures. There are four main categories of knives that Stanley Hand Tools offers: the retractable blade knife, fixed blade knife, snap blade knives and special purpose blades and knives. Since most of these knives are utility knives, it is important to know the safety measures to be practised while using these knives.

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Seating of the Blade

The retractable blades can become loose with overuse. Before you use any of the Stanley knives, it is important to make sure that the blades of the knives are seated well into the knives. Also, make sure that when you close the retractable blade, it gets closed or fastened properly and does not accidentally snap back out.

Blade Use

Always make sure that the blades are sharp. If the blade is dull, you will need to put more force into the use of the knife. This can make the knife slip and cause accidents, or chip. If the knife blade becomes dull and is only able to tear instead of cut cleanly, it is time to either change the blade or sharpen it.

Eye Protection

When working with any sharp tool, it is important to wear the proper safety and protection gear. Protective eye wear is a must whenever handling Stanley knives. If you are using a sharp knife, there is a chance that tiny splinters can get into your eye. A slip of the knife can cause various injuries.

Precautions While Working

The best way to work with the knife, while working on a flat surface or an object, is to apply a pulling force toward yourself. Such a force is more positive than a pushing force applied away from the body. Due to the pulling motion, there are fewer chances for the knife to slip. If you are using a straight cut, clamp the object down using your free hand.

Proper Use of Knife

A knife should not be used for things it's not meant for. For instance, a knife should never be used to open a can or to pry loose a lid or any other object. If you apply a side load to an object, using a knife, there are chances of snapping the blade or slipping it. If you are using the knife to cut through thick materials, make several passes and do not try to attempt to make the cut in a single forceful movement.

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