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How not to reach for your angle cube! 1 year 10 months ago #3337

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I originally posted this on the Spyderco forums .... then today, figured you enjoy it .... or not!!

I had my WE set up and ready to touch up the edge on my Spyderco Cat Wednesday evening (the knife I normally have in the pocket of my fleece, around the house, lounging pants). The steel is 440C, sharpens nicely, but doesn't hold an edge as long as some of the premium steels.



Anyway, went to reach for my angle cube (as that is what I use exclusively, not paying much attention to the degree markings on the WE). The angle cube was on the back side of the WE set up and I had to pass my hand over the blade to reach it. You know, I hate aging eyesight. My depth perception at short distances isn't what it used to be, even wearing progressive lenses. Anyway, long story short ... misjudged the distance between my hand and the blade! Thought I might be able to repair the damage with my standard application of super glue ..... but soon realized that would be a no go. The end result:



The thing to note here is that this was all before I started touching up the edge!! The WE does produce a wicked edge!!

The really embarrassing thing about this is that it is not the first time I have "nicked" myself reaching across the blade for something. This was the worst, however. I should have learned by now!!

PS ... I've touched up two more knives since then .... and am keeping the angle cube in front of the WE set-up!!

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Re: How not to reach for your angle cube! 1 year 10 months ago #3338

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Oops! That looks like a serious injury! :ohmy: Hope you're doing well... you sound not too bad.

I always had to laugh when I read the warning on the WEPS box: "Your knives will become dangerously sharp ... handle with care", because it sounds like cheesy marketing blurb. Obviously I too can testify knives get very sharp on the WEPS, but I guess we should take the warning seriously...

Recover well! Good health!
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Re: How not to reach for your angle cube! 1 year 10 months ago #3339

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Mark ..

Luckily, while the cut was very deep, I missed the major vein running up my thumb, and I didn't hit any tendons or major nerves (I think!). On the bright side, I did give everyone in the ER a good laugh when I told them to put a rush on it because I had to get back home to finish sharpening the culprit knife!! Anyway ... lesson learned .... for real this time!

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Re: How not to reach for your angle cube! 1 year 10 months ago #3340

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Ouch!

I have not done that ... yet ... but have been oh so very close so many times.

Trying to avoid that, a while ago I started setting up the WEPS on a platform (the container I store it and parts in), about 10" up from a low table I like to work on.

Everything I need is then lower and to the sides.
Think I'm gonna actually just build a quick open front box for it, so the hands have to pull back and lower and under to get the paddles, cube, towel, sharpie etc.
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Re: How not to reach for your angle cube! 1 year 10 months ago #3341

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Great lesson to be learned there for all! I am moving all of my accessories to the front of my stand, just for this posting.

Thank you for sharing. Heal fast!
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Re: How not to reach for your angle cube! 1 year 10 months ago #3342

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I know there are trade off in dextarity and comfort, but Kevlar gloves are used regularly in production areas where sharp knives are in use. Here is one for only $19.95. There is some controversy as to how well these things actually protect against very sharp blades, but you can always give one a try and see what you think.. There are many manufactures of these things and I am sure a Google search would reveal many options.

If anyone finds a *great* one, maybe they could report back here. Thanks -Dan
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Re: How not to reach for your angle cube! 1 year 10 months ago #3343

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BassLakeDan wrote:
I know there are trade off in dextarity and comfort, but Kevlar gloves are used regularly in production areas where sharp knives are in use.

Dan ...

Still feeling quite foolish here! Interesting ... the gloves are something that never would have crossed my mind. In theory, it sounds like a great idea. Never having used them, makes me wonder how they would actually be in practice. After your post, I looked around and found many types of these. Many were coated with some type of latex for grip. My first thoughts were that wearing any type of glove would make things a little more difficult (even if providing for cut protection). Guess I would need to see some first hand reports on this and then actually try a pair on to determine fit. For now, I am just trying to be "aware" of what I am doing at all times and NOT placing things I need on the back side of the WE!

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Re: How not to reach for your angle cube! 1 year 10 months ago #3344

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Sorry you had to learn the hard way. Maybe your mistake will make the rest of us a little more conscious. One thing I have noted (the hard way) is that when in the vice, a knife does not give way. I like the suggestions to keep all the stuff in front of the vice. Keep on sharpening.
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Re: How not to reach for your angle cube! 1 year 10 months ago #3346

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BassLakeDan wrote:
I know there are trade off in dextarity and comfort, but Kevlar gloves are used regularly in production areas where sharp knives are in use. Here is one for only $19.95. There is some controversy as to how well these things actually protect against very sharp blades, but you can always give one a try and see what you think.. There are many manufactures of these things and I am sure a Google search would reveal many options.

If anyone finds a *great* one, maybe they could report back here. Thanks -Dan

What do you guys think? Will a glove like this protect against stabs with a not-very-sharp knife? I was thinking of getting one for use with my oyster knife.
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Re: How not to reach for your angle cube! 1 year 10 months ago #3352

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Sorry to hear about your injury Dennis. I've done the same thing myself reaching for my computer mouse to update my knife database. WEP was between me and the mouse with one of my kitchen knives mounted. Got a nice scar on the very edge of my hand opposite my thumb. Luckily it was shallow and did not bleed at all; super glue worked for me.

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