Eight rules help to safely carve with a pocket knife

Even though it seems to have gone a bit out of fashion, carving with a pocket knife always remains an interesting, entertaining and practical option. Apart from the pure fun and entertainment effect, wood can be carved into very useful auxiliary tools and playground equipment.

Eight rules for safe carving

Carving with a pocket knife rarely has artistic pretensions. It is usually an exciting challenge for children or a practical tool in the great outdoors. Sharp and defect-free pocket knives are easily suited for carving. If the folding mechanism and/or blade lock of the pocket knife is not fully functional, the knife must be repaired or discarded.

To avoid injury and achieve a usable result when carving, following eight basic rules is helpful.

1. carving position

A firm and secure sitting position provides the support for controlled carving movements. No other person should be opposite the carver. Be careful if pets are in the vicinity.

2. carving direction

All cutting movements are always directed away from the body.

3. blade sharpness

If blade is or becomes dull, resharpen, change blade, or stop carving. Dull blades can easily slip and also do not produce a satisfactory carving result.

4. tool selection

Always open only the tool directly used for carving. When changing tools, such as from large to small blade or from blade to saw, always fold in the tool that is no longer needed.

5. knife exchange

Pocket knives are only given to others when completely closed.

6. carving break

When not carving or taking a break, the pocket knife will be put away.

7. never throw

Pocket knives are designed as hand tools and have no predictable or predictable trajectory. Therefore, they are not suitable as throwing knives under any circumstances.

8. consider wood elasticity

Some wood, especially fresh wood, has a strong elasticity and inherent tension. Always work on the carving material in a relaxed state to prevent recoil and whipping effects.

If you have used resinous wood to gum up your blade, a grease-removing tool will help to wipe the blade clean before folding it in. This will prevent the resin from getting inside your pocket knife. Baby wipes are a good helper in such cases.

Elizabeth Green

Elizabeth Green

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