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Are you often cutting your fingers when cutting food in the kitchen? Do you need some help choosing cutting tools and knives to keep your fingers safe and save money on plasters? Here are some tips and tools to help you avoid cutting yourself when you are cooking.
What are finger-friendly cutting tools
Cutting tools have become more and more spread over the years due to their enhanced and innovative features. When implying cutting tools, one will imply utility knives, scissors, box cutters, etc.
These cutting tools have become useful in numerous environments, one of which is in households, especially in the kitchen. However, due to the sharp edges of the blades, some people have raised concerns regarding the accidents that might follow. For this reason, many production companies started integrating new ways of protecting people from the sharp edges of cutting tools.
One way was by introducing finger-friendly blades. Finger-friendly blades are achieved by producing the blades with specific materials, such as zirconium oxide or ceramic.
Some might think the blades will not cut as thoroughly as regular blades due to their finger-friendliness, but that is far from the truth. The materials used to create the blades are some of the strongest materials in the world, thus, allowing users to cut through any materials that they prefer.
Innovative features of finger-friendly cutting tools
Along with making the cutting tools finger-friendly, businesses began to incorporate a variety of features, such as ergonomic handles to lessen hand fatigue, adjustable blades for various cutting angles and thicknesses, and safety locks to avoid accidents.
Some forward-thinking businesses, like Fiskars, Olfa, and Slice Products, went even further by providing special features like ambidextrous handles. Both right- and left-handed people may use their tools comfortably because of the handle’s unique design, which enables users to switch the blade between the two sides.
Due to the introduction of cutting-edge advancements in their tools, Slice Products in particular has been able to stand out in the market for the ease of use and versatility of its tools, making them a popular choice among users.
Additionally, most finger-friendly utility knives and box cutters introduced by these companies are equipped with a lock feature that enhances the security measures for the product.
In other words, when users use the tools to cut materials, they have the chance to lock the blade in its place to prevent it from slipping. This gives users more control and grip over the tool, thus, enhancing the user experience.
Different types of finger-friendly cutting tools
In order to enhance the cutting tools, companies dedicated a lot of time and effort to their research and development and, afterwards, brought professional UX designers to produce their final products.
By doing this, companies could introduce numerous types of cutting tools, each intended for specific projects.
One of the most known types became the manual utility knife, which provides the basic necessities for cutting materials. In other words, the manual utility knife has a lock feature, a finger-friendly blade, and even an ambidextrous design necessary to provide users with a safe cutting experience.
On the other hand, some users have preferred the ceramic utility knife over others as the ceramic has high levels of rust resistance – allowing users to use the tool on wet surfaces and even underwater.
Lastly, another type is the folding utility knife, which allows people to carry the cutting tool in their pockets without worrying whether the blade will cut through their skin.
How to correctly use cutting tools in the kitchen to revolutionize safety
Even though cutting tools are now much safer, the chances of facing an accident are not removed due to the features. To prevent accidents as much as possible, users need to be aware of the right ways to use cutting tools. Here are some tips that can be helpful when using cutting tools in the kitchen:
1- Use the sharp cutting tools at an angle away from your body
It is always important to remember that cutting tools might slip and cause accidents by harming the users’ skin. To prevent this from happening in the kitchen, one needs to aim the tool’s sharp edge at an angle that will not cut through the skin.
Thus, ensure to always hold the knife and sharp blade with an angle aimed farthest away from your body.
2- Ensure the tip of the cutting tool is sharp enough
Some people do not pay attention to the sharpness of the blade; the blade of a cutting tool will lose its sharpness due to constant and frequent usage.
When using a blade that is not sharp enough on a material that requires stronger and sharper blades, accidents are bound to happen.
Since the blade will not cut through the material, users will put much pressure on the knife, which could slip and cause chaos.
3- Use cutting tools with a lock feature
Lastly, be sure to use the lock feature of the cutting tool accurately. In other words, it increases control and grip over the tool by turning on the lock feature, which prevents the blade from slipping and causing accidents.
To sum up, cutting tools have become more widespread, and people have found that it is also effective in the kitchen to achieve numerous projects – like opening packages.
Thus, to ensure one is free from accidents while using a sharp cutting tool, it is crucial to use it at an angle away from the body, ensure the tip is sharp enough, and turn on the lock feature.