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|THE SAFE USE OF CRAFT KNIVES|
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|Craft knives are used for cutting and shaping light materials, such as card. They are very useful during the model making stage of the design process.
They have a very sharp (razor sharp) blade, which slices through light materials with ease. They also slice through fingers with ease, if used incorrectly.
There are many types of blade, as seen below. Blades are selected for the material they are to cut and the type of cutting being carried out. Five of the most common blades types have been identified (below), for you.
|SAFETY RULER - ESSENTIAL WHEN USING A CRAFT KNIFE|
|Craft knives vary in design. However, always ensure that they are held in the correct way, as shown in the diagram below (diagram with a tick).
Never, apply force to the blade directly (diagram with a cross). It is possible that the blade is the wrong way round, which would mean pressing against the razor sharp edge of the blade.
Always use a steel safety rule when using a craft knife.
|USING A CRAFT KNIFE SAFELY|
1. Watch the demonstration by your teacher and follow all his / her instructions.
Accidents with craft knives happen when people are rushing their work, not concentrating fully or being distracted, not following teacher instructions, using a blunt blade, not using a safety ruler and being careless.
|UNSAFE USE OF A CRAFT KNIFE|
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