I've always been careful with knives. I keep mine sharp, I only use them for cutting food on approved surfaces, they don't go into the dishwasher, and they're stored carefully in a horizontal knife block similar to this one.
|I love my under-cabinet knife block!|
This is the little devil that got me. And it was entirely my fault because this is how I tried to lift it from the bowl.
|Do not attempt at home. This is a dumb ass move.|
Never, ever, EVER lift out the slicing blade with one hand. That is exactly how I slipped and pulled my thumb right into the blade four years ago when I was making sauerkraut. I knew immediately that it was a bad cut, clean but deep. We rushed to Urgent Care, where the doctor decided that the best course was to glue the wound closed.
Two days later I awoke to a throbbing thumb: infection. The doctor removed the glue and started me on antibiotics.
Four years later I've still got a deep, thick scar in my thumb. As often as I think about it, I roll a pen between my thumb and fingers to keep the tissue supple. The nerves have regenerated a little, but not fully. It feels like I have a very thick callous on my thumb.
|See that half moon? Scar tissue runs straight under it, like a semi-circle. It sucks.|
I didn't make sauerkraut again until last month.
You can bet your butt that I was extraordinarily careful. I now treat that blade with the same respect as my knives, and handle it gingerly.
I won't be that stupid again.