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Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian16 Feb 2020 7:09 a.m. PST

After dropping a razor knife and narrowly missing my foot again, I got curious about hobby injuries. In my own case, I have suffered multiple razor knife cuts, including dropping one that embedded in my foot, drilled into a fingernail and into my finger tips, glued fingers together, gotten glue in my eye, gotten slivers, poured molten lead on my hand and arm, multiple other burns, paper cuts, string cuts and stabbed myself with sharp pikes.

It would be cool if we could have a multiple choice poll like:

What injuries have you sustained in pursuit of the hobby?
a) Razor knife slices
b) Burns
c) Glued fingers together
d) Glue in eyes
e) Dropped razor knife and stabbed foot
f) Drilled into flesh
g) Other (describe)

Personal logo 7th Va Cavalry Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 7:24 a.m. PST

A, C, F (weekly), G- Drying of tear ducts due to exposure of super glue fumes. At least that's my home diagnosis.

YogiBearMinis16 Feb 2020 7:35 a.m. PST

A, C

14Bore16 Feb 2020 7:57 a.m. PST

Dipped my paint brush in the glue the other day.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 8:03 a.m. PST

A and C for me.

JimDuncanUK16 Feb 2020 8:13 a.m. PST

Empty wallet

Legion 416 Feb 2020 8:17 a.m. PST

A, but I've done E … huh?

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 8:21 a.m. PST


C is a temporary inconvenience, not an injury.

Timmo uk16 Feb 2020 8:23 a.m. PST

a), c) and g)

I was using a hot-melt glue gun in the summer and wearing only shorts a blob of glue dropped from the tip onto my leg, burning instantly. My instinctive reaction was to grab the burning glue with my fingers, and of course they also got burnt…

Years ago I breathed in spray primer but have worn a full mask since then.

Vintage Wargaming16 Feb 2020 8:31 a.m. PST

Drinking the paintbrush water

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 8:36 a.m. PST

A and C--assuming an X-acto knife is a "razor knife." The term is new to me. Right on the edge of B working with hot glue guns, but nothing requiring treatment.

Back in The Day--sore throat and sore eyes, shouting in a smoke-filled room. Today, I feel it in my shoulders and elbows as I handle castings, but I don't know whether that's symptom or cause.

Thresher0116 Feb 2020 8:52 a.m. PST

A and G.

Stabbing myself with an X-Acto knife when it suddenly slipped through/off the part I was cutting, and into my leg. Moral to the story, work at a table, and not sitting on the floor, indian-style, with bent, crossed legs, when working on models/parts.

Personal logo FingerandToeGlenn Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 9:31 a.m. PST

I still have the scar on a finger from a significant Xacto cut when I was sixteen. That's over fifty years ago. Have been MUCH more careful since.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 9:33 a.m. PST

? all of the above ????

Aidan Campbell16 Feb 2020 9:40 a.m. PST

As a professional miniature artist and model maker I've achieved all of the above with the exception of glue in the eyes…

However one incident I'll never forget was spilling an entire bottle of low viscosity quick setting superglue into my lap….

I'll not elaborate any further on the consequences but as mentioned I'll never forget that incident!

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 9:44 a.m. PST

A. Dropped an X-acto knife that in-bedded itself in the seat of my chair between my thighs.


Slow Oats16 Feb 2020 9:45 a.m. PST

Definitely A and C.

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 10:14 a.m. PST

Ramming a Macedonian pike way under my finger nail while picking the unit up to quick.

KSmyth16 Feb 2020 10:29 a.m. PST

A, occasionally C, sort of.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 10:41 a.m. PST


3rd5ODeuce Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 10:43 a.m. PST

Being barefoot and using a hobby knife. Especially the heavy metal barreled ones. Had my knife roll off the workbench and impel itself in my big toe. The blade hit in the perfect spot between the knuckle. Blade sunk almost to the hilt. Had to go to the ER to get it removed. Hobby and trauma should never go together.

PJ ONeill16 Feb 2020 11:01 a.m. PST

When I shape pink insulation for terrain, I always try to cut away from me, sometimes, while working, I unconsciously cut towards me, and puncture myself.

Max Schnell16 Feb 2020 11:18 a.m. PST


Corporal Fagen16 Feb 2020 11:21 a.m. PST


Martin Rapier16 Feb 2020 11:56 a.m. PST

Knife cuts, burns, and I also put my back out leaning across a gaming table.

I don't think breathing all those solvents in the 1970s and 80s while modelling and painting did me much good either.

abelp0116 Feb 2020 12:06 p.m. PST

A, C & F

Chimpy Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 12:26 p.m. PST

A. I now often put the band aid on before I start cutting to act as armour. As for the rest, no so I guess I'm not a proper modeller :-)

Gokiburi16 Feb 2020 12:33 p.m. PST

I've only really had A and F, though I do most of my drilling with a pin vise so my incidences of F are very minor.
C almost happens all the time, but it's so easy to prevent and fix (at least with super glue), that I don't even remember the the last time it happened.

Dynaman878916 Feb 2020 12:43 p.m. PST

A and C

Richard Brooks Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 2:53 p.m. PST

A and C and then using C to close the cut from A.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 3:31 p.m. PST

A and C.

My worst knife injury was when converting a metal Wars of the Roses dismounted knight, the knife slipped and sliced into my left index finger, severing the nerve (though gladly, not the Artery)adjascent to the terminal phalanx.
About 18 months later, most of the feeling returned to the right tip.
This was one reason I switched to hard plastics!!!

Desert Rat16 Feb 2020 4:56 p.m. PST

G: After games I usually have a bruised ego.

evilgong16 Feb 2020 5:19 p.m. PST

A) and psychological harm from painting too many white straps on Napoleonic 15mm figs,

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian16 Feb 2020 5:26 p.m. PST

assuming an X-acto knife is a "razor knife." The term is new to me

Razor is the type, X-acto is a brand that has become the default name, like:

Tissue is the type, Kleenex is a brand

Adjustable is the type, Crescent is a brand


HMS Exeter16 Feb 2020 5:28 p.m. PST

A) Rarely
B) Once. My only really cool scar.
C) Often. I once glued my left forefinger to my right thumb. That took some figgerin'.
D) Never. A guy who worked at a nearby hobby store CA'd his eye trying to unclog a tube. The ophthalmologist they called into the ER told him it was a good thing he had contacts in.
E) Never
F) once it twice, but never deeply.

CorsairFAS21716 Feb 2020 5:52 p.m. PST

I'm also a Hot Wheels restorer and I've been seeing a running trend of fumes from stripper and people shooting 2k paint in their hobby room … Long term side effects can be deadly.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 7:17 p.m. PST

A and C

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 8:00 p.m. PST

I read, "Most common Hobo injury"…

And I thought, "Finally, a decent poll."

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2020 9:39 p.m. PST

a, c, several near misses for e, f, and g – filing notches into fingernails or inadvertently filing through a fingernail. But a is the most prevalent. I now keep band-aids near my hobby table.

pmwalt16 Feb 2020 9:56 p.m. PST

a,b,c for sure… the g could be diminished eye sight straining to paint that one last strap

Saxondog17 Feb 2020 6:48 a.m. PST

A, B, C, E(ish, razor was standing in my thigh)

whitphoto Supporting Member of TMP17 Feb 2020 8:17 a.m. PST

Empty bank account….

Eclectic Wave17 Feb 2020 1:44 p.m. PST


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP17 Feb 2020 1:51 p.m. PST

Guillotine decapitation, happens from time to time, but I usually get better.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP17 Feb 2020 2:20 p.m. PST

A and C, but more than once each. You'd think I'd learn.

skipper John17 Feb 2020 2:39 p.m. PST

Most of them. The worst was when I sliced my finger with an Exacto. Right along the side of the nail. 22 years ago and the nail still isn't quite right.

von Schwartz17 Feb 2020 7:26 p.m. PST

A and C mostly

Drinking the paintbrush water, a classic,
How about mistaking your glass of 12 year old single malt for your paintbrush water?

von Schwartz17 Feb 2020 7:30 p.m. PST

@Timmo uk
I was using a hot-melt glue gun in the summer and wearing only shorts a blob of glue dropped from the tip onto my leg, burning instantly. My instinctive reaction was to grab the burning glue with my fingers, and of course they also got burnt…

Do you also fry bacon in the nude?

Sundance18 Feb 2020 8:50 a.m. PST

When I was doing a lot with miniature a/c F was common.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Feb 2020 9:34 a.m. PST

Frostbite from the look SWMBO gives me after going over the credit card statement.

Pliers pinch. Holding a tiny miniature in one hand and futzing with the pliers (needlenose pliers, or nippers) on a teeny-tiny nurbly bit and not noticing where the flesh of my fingers is before clamping down on them. C'mon guys … am I the only one?

I also get blisters on my hand and fingers when I haven't used the nippers in a while and I end up doing a large, repetitive project with them.

A and C' (just plain glue on fingers, but not necessarily bound together) has resulted in many people taking an inordinate amount of time to get usable fingerprints from me.

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