Knife SAFETY is paramount especially after sharpening!!
Any time you use a knife, always keep safety in mind, and please follow these basic knife safety rules;
• Always keep your knife sharp: a properly sharpened knife functions better than a dull knife, in addition to being safer to use. " A sharp knife is a safe knife!"
• Always keep the blade edge and point of your knife pointed in a safe direction, ensuring that there is no one in close proximity to the location where you plan to apply it.
• Always cut away from your body, or from the body of any other person around which the knife is being applied.
• M1rror Edge recommends a soft wooden (First Choice) or a High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) cutting board to help protect your blade edge while cutting meat, fruit, and vegetables. This prevents the edge from rolling and lengthens the time needed between sharpening (Saves Money). Never use a glass, marble, or other cutting surface. “It is generally cheaper to replace the cutting board when needed than it is to repair or replace the knife”-Eddie.
• Always keep your folding knife closed and your fixed blade knife in a sheath or wood block when not in use. Use magnet strips in the kitchen to keep them “High and Dry”. This allows you to keep track of your knives. With magnet strips roll the knife off towards the blade spine not the edge.
• Never use excess force to replace your knife within its sheath. If there is resistance during the replacement process and excess force is used, you may risk serious personal injury. Often, forcing the blade back into the sheath is a result of incorrect replacement. Check the position of the blade at the mouth of the sheath and use care to ease the blade into the sheath’s body.
• Remember: The Right Tool for the Right Job. Only use your knife to cut. Never use it to hammer, pry, ice pick, etc.
• Never use a dish washing machine to clean your knife. The edges can be damaged and the handles could de-laminate.
• Keep your kitchen knife dry after use to prevent corrosion or rust. Lightly lubricate blades with “food safe” oils like olive oil/Vegetable oil before storage. A commercial product like FLITZ works great too.
• Never throw your knife. Contrary to what films and TV depict, knives are not designed to be thrown, and you risk damage to the knife, in addition to serious potential injury to yourself or another person.
• If, for any reason, the blade of your folding knife does not lock in the open position, do not attempt to use the knife. Please contact M1rror Edge Sharpening Service immediately.
• Never place pressure on the blade of a folding knife in a direction that might cause it to close on your fingers.
• Never attempt to take apart your knife. Doing so may make the knife unsafe, and will likely void the Lifetime Limited Warranty. If your knife requires repair, contact M1rror Edge Sharpening Service.
• Take the time to thoroughly explain knives and knife safety to any children in your household. Teach them that knives are tools, not toys. Their education as responsible knife users and/or future knife owners begins with their being made fully aware as to how to safely handle and care for a knife.
You can find additional information regarding knife safety from the American Knife & Tool Institute or the M1rror Edge website blog at www.m1rroredge.com/Blog