Eight rules help to carve safely with the pocket knife

Although it seems to have gone out of fashion a little, carving with a pocket knife is always an interesting, entertaining and practical option. Apart from the pure fun and entertainment effect can be carved out of wood very useful auxiliary tools and play equipment.

Eight rules for safe carving

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

To avoid injury while carving and to get a usable result, following eight basic rules is helpful.

1st carving position

A firm and secure seating position provides the grip for controlled carving movements. Opposite the carving no other person may stay. Attention, if pets are nearby.

2nd carving direction

All cutting movements are always guided away from the body.

3. Blade sharpness

If the blade is or becomes dull, sharpen, change knives or finish the carving. Blunt blades can easily slip off and also do not produce a satisfying carving result.

4. Tool selection

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

5. knife replacement

Pocket knives are only handed over to other people when completely closed.

6. Schnitzpause

If not carved or paused, the penknife will be packed away.

7. Never throw

Pocket knives are designed as a hand tool and have no predictable or predictable trajectory. Therefore, they are in no case suitable as throwing knives.

8. Note wood elasticity

Some, especially fresh, carved wood has a strong elasticity and residual stress. Always work the carving in a relaxed state to prevent kickback and whip effects.

Tips & Tricks

If you have stuck your blade with resinous wood, a grease-dissolving tool will help to wipe the blade before folding it. This will prevent the resin from penetrating inside your pocket knife. Baby wipes are a good helper in such cases.

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