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Do blunt knives make you nervous?

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  • Visor
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    Knives, blunt or sharp shouldn't make a person nervous, they are inanimate objects after all.

    That said, I personally, feel less confident with a dull knife.

    Any knife by definition is a cutting tool, and for that it needs to be sharp. It's as simple as that.

    Contrary to what a lot of people believe, dull knives are far more dangerous than the sharp knives.

    The problem is that 99% of the knife users are used to using dull knives. Those factory knives that you just got from the store aren't sharp. At least, nowhere near where they can and should be.

    Dull knives mean the operator or the user, needs to apply greater force compared to the sharp one. It is obvious that more force means less control. That's how human biology is. Less control means that any mistake, slippage, whatever else may end up with a pretty bad injury.

    Sharp knives cut, dull knives tear. Wounds resulting from the sharp blades heal a lot faster compared to those form the dull edges. because the edges are cut clean, not torn.

    Obviously, some people get cut pretty bad, when using sharp knife first time or after long period of using dull ones. Who's to blame? The user or the knife? Clearly, not the knife. It happens because a person treats the sharp blade as a dull one. Using the same excessive forces they're used to, forgetting that this time they're dealing with the real sharp edge. The results sometimes are quite bad. Then again, when inexperienced driver crashes a car, nobody blames the car. And knives are a lot simpler than cars, and safety rules for knife use are simpler too.

    On the other hand, when you know you're using the sharp knife chances of getting cut are less. Simply because you don't have to shove the knife around with force. Light movements, a lot more control and even if the cut happens (which most of the time is just neglecting elementary knife safety rules), it's small, and very clean. Heals practically overnight if treated properly.

    P.S. As for those who feel nervous when seeing a knife.

    I suspect kitchen knives don't make those folks nervous. So, simple fact to consider is that in crimes involving knives, over 75% of the knives are those kitchen knives, not expensive collector pieces.

    If anything, it is the person wielding the knife that should make you nervous.

    BTW, in stabbing crimes, screwdrivers are second after kitchen knives. I really hope screwdrivers don't make lots of people nervous, otherwise some politician will definitely introduce a proposal to require rounded tips on the screwdrivers.

    FYI, last year England had similar dumb proposal, requiring all kitchen knives to have rounded tips. It didn't pass but as an indicator how far human stupidity goes it was a good one. BTW, the reason it was introduced is that the kitchen knives were the majority used in knife crime.

    In the end, just like everything else, learn how to use your tools properly. Take care of them and sharpen those knives. You're much safer with properly sharpened knife that with the blunt one.

    Very simple and effective knife sharpening method - http://zknives.com/knives/articles/sandpapermousep...

    And few things about maintaining your knives too - http://zknives.com/knives/kitchen/misc/articles/ki...

  • 1 decade ago

    knives in general make me nervous

  • Alexis
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    no but sharp knives do

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yeah i kind of want to eat them, ya know that feeling

    o_O

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