Reasons to Invest in Safety Cutting Tools

Posted by Tim White

There are many tools you can incorporate into your workplace to ensure things run smoothly. Albeit seemingly simple, cutting tools can do a world of wonder in your office, warehouse, and any other industry that involves cutting packages, envelops, and anything in between. However, you can’t just take a knife from the kitchen that’s used to put peanut and butter on bread, and expect things to run smoothly and effortlessly.

That being said, there are special types of knives and other cutting tools, that ensure precision, but more importantly, safety. You can find safety cutting tools, that are multi-functional, lightweight, easy to use and carry relatively cheap online. However, even though they might be labeled as safe, they should still be used properly, and with maximum caution. There are many different safety cutting tools to choose from, some which are intended for more general use, while others have a more specific purpose.

Safety Cutting Tools

For instance, a folding knife is a more general term for every knife that’s small and can be folded in half when not operated. The sheath of the knife is usually made of plastic or metal, and they can easily be stored in aprons, belts or in pockets. Some models are available with a fixed blade , while others with a replaceable blade. The size of the blade can vary, with larger blades usually being more powerful and offering more cutting power, while smaller blades are more portable and more easily stored.

On the other hand, there are box cutter knives that can be used for a lot of different tasks, but are generally used for cutting boxes in warehouse and office settings. Box cutters usually feature retractable blades, which makes them extra safe to store in drawers with other tools. Moreover, they have replaceable blades, and they mostly use razor blades. They’re also great for art projects, cutting wires and light-duty home improvement projects.

However, no matter how safe the knife’s design is, there are a couple of precautions every user should take in order to minimise the risk of injury. Here’s what you need to keep in mind.

  • The item you’re cutting should be safely placed and held while being cut;
  • The knives should be well-maintained and sharp, otherwise replace the blade;
  • You ought to train the users on how to safely use the knives;
  • Never try to catch a falling knife;
  • Don’t leave the knife on work benches or other worktops;
  • Always carry the knife with the blade pointing downwards;
  • Ensure the knives you use have ergonomic and waterproof handles.

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