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POLL: Dangerous Knives: Dull or Sharp?


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maxxon Inactive Member writes:

Tools are dangerous when they don't behave like you expected them to — and that usually happens when you use the wrong tool or technique for the job.

I've used a seriously dull hobby knife blade for flash removal for years now. Occasionally I get a nick, but never a real cut.

I don't cut the flash, more of scrape it away. I never expected the dull blade to cut, so I've no need to increase force when it doesn't bite.

With semi-dull knives you can cut towards the hand (yes, yes, another classic never-do-this), like when peeling an apple. If it cuts with litte force, fine. If it doesn't, I change tactics instead of bullheadedly increasing pressure.

Real bloodshed is always result from sharp blades, power tools or… paper.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
definitely sharp knives are more dangerous
42
12%
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sharp knives are usually more dangerous
18
5%
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all knives are dangerous to me
67
19%
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dull knives are usually more dangerous
90
26%
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definitely dull knives are more dangerous
109
31%
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no knives are dangerous
5
1%
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I'm not allowed to use a hobby knife
8
2%
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no opinion
10
3%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

A recent pamphlet published by one of the major game companies as an introduction to the hobby repeated the often heard claim that dull bladed hobby knives are the cause of most hobby knife-related accidents.

In your experience, which knives are the most dangerous?