OOPS!!! Dang utility knife!

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Forum topic by lilredweldingrod posted 09-30-2011 01:32 AM 3268 views 0 times favorited 71 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2011 01:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: safety utility knives

I got a letter from my son and I grabbed the folding utility knife to trim the end of the envelope to open it. The nerve damage in my arms kicked in and I dropped the dang thing, and it stuck in my leg just above the ankle. It did a 180 degree spin and fell to the floor. The shop floor looked like I was butchering cattle in there. I grabbed the paper towels and put pressure on it and finally go the bleeding to stop. Dug out the first aid kit and the butterfly bandages. The cut was 1 1/2 inches long and as deep as the blade sticks out and right in the middle of an old gangrene scar.

While I was looking for a 4in gauze square to cover it up, Momma shows up and , “Oh, you’re diabetic and you have to go to the ER.” Yeah right! After everything is over but the shouting. lol

That was two days ago and I just removed the bandage to check on the results of my non-trip to the ER. It is doing fine and healing nicely with no sign of infection.

I just changed over from HF razor blades because the steel is junk and will not keep an edge, to Stanley blades. I’m probably lucky because the cut was very clean and straight, which makes things heal much better than a ragged mess.

I have nerve damage from two separated shoulders and I often drop my glass or cup when I’m drinking coffee or water. I just can’t tell how firmly I am grasping things. Hopefully Momma won’t take all my sharp toys away from me. lol

We never know what our age and injuries are going to cause us to do, so be careful and try to remember your limitations. And use scissors to open the mail.

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#1 posted 09-30-2011 01:40 AM

Utility knives don’t hurt people.

People hurt people ;-)

Geez, Rand. Be CAREFUL out there, and—forgetting the diabetes, for a moment—heal quickly !!!

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 01:44 AM

Where’s Nancy Pelosi when you need her? We’re going to ban all sharp instruments in everyone’s shop, Right Nancy?

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#3 posted 09-30-2011 01:48 AM

The only legal thing left in MY shop … would be me ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 09-30-2011 01:49 AM

Yes, use scissors to open the mail. But don’t run with them! Glad you are healing quickly, Rand.

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#5 posted 09-30-2011 01:56 AM

One of my worst shop injuries to date was from a stupid utility knife. Those things know we don’t respect them.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 09-30-2011 02:02 AM

Glad it wasn’t too serious. Hope you heal up nicely.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 09-30-2011 02:04 AM

It’s nerf tools for you buddy. No more cutting. From now on you’ll have to sand wood in-to.
Heal up quick my friend

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 09-30-2011 02:10 AM

you will have to add this the the most dangerous tool thread roflmao

seriously though when was your last tetanus shot if more than 5 years ago you need to go to the Dr not the er. get one no bs my friend and your leg doesn’t look too good mama was right you should have seen an MD for this cut it could cause you to get cellulitis, so do watch it close for the next few weeks, call your md tell him about the cut and he should put you on kflex for 10 days or so Lance Granum RN CLNC

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#9 posted 09-30-2011 02:21 AM

Naw… I think we should put a BAN on all Utility knives… We should get the EPA and State of California Safety commissions into the discussion ASAP!

Then, we would be much SAFER than before! YES?!

Why stop there… this should go all the way to Obama!

Hey, just in Fun… Please forget EVERYTHING I just said… OK?

Sorry you hurt your leg, Rand… Wicked accident!

The other day, 3-4 days ago, I had a 7” metal grinder blade in my New 4.5” Bosch Slim Angle Grinder (without the guard on it..). I was trimming (grinding) some ceramic tile to fit a Trivet I was making… the pieces needed just a very small bit more to get them to fit…

In HASTE to make the FINAL trimming, just after I turned it on and went to grab it with my right hand, the blade just touched the tip of my thumb… It hurt… started to bleed a little… sucked it up… and continued to get the LAST TRIM done…(The Job had to get finished! LOL) THEN, headed for the bathroom holding my thumb to stop the bleeding… Washed it out real good… there was actually some ground tile bits in the cut… got it cleaned out… didn’t look too bad… about 1/2” long and about 1/8+” wide at one end… tapering to about 1/16” ... really bleeding… Managed to get the Methiolate & band aids … but needed help to get band aids applied… wife helped… after a day, changed the bandage… didn’t look like it wanted to come together (it wasn’t CUT, it was GROUND away)... Called the Dr. to see if I could get 2-3 stitches to hold it together… He was leaving in about 1/2 hr. (Fri.=1/2 day)... nurse told me I had to go to an Urgent Care center, etc. etc. etc. I told her… “I don’t want to go through all that trouble… I could be at the Dr’s. office in 5 min’s. & 3 stitches would only take less than 5 min…” she said “NO..”. I said “Well, I’m going to do it the Old Fashioned way I guess.”...


Put a new band aid on it with all the tension I could get to pull the cut closed… after 2 days (today) the band aids wanted to come off… I was afraid of what I was going to see… wasn’t bad at all… no pain… wound was almost closed … about 1/32” to go… Going to leave it open now… and just be careful in NOT using it.

Moral of story… No matter how fast you want to go, SLOW DOWN and be safe… and handle things properly.

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#10 posted 09-30-2011 02:23 AM

I use a sharp pocket knife to open mail… when done, fold it against my leg, & put into my pocket.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 09-30-2011 02:25 AM

Hope it was good news from your son. He wasnt asking to borrow your utility knife was he???????

-- He: Can I get the plans for that? Me: Plans???

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#12 posted 09-30-2011 02:27 AM

Rand, Good you are recovering and watch-out next time! Another shout from the otherside of the world. LOL. Gripping is really very important and your condition can be improved by using non-slip handles. In my high school days, I was a baseball pitcher, I put band-aid strips into my fingertips to provide good grip to the ball. It works specially on rainy days.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 09-30-2011 02:47 AM

We just can’t leave you for a minute can we. Glad you got it under control. I’ve ordered a Knife-Stop for you. It has flesh detecting technology in it. And in such a small package too. But it adds $500 to the cost of the $4 knife. I told them to bill YOU. Take care, have fun, and be safe(in that order). :)

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#14 posted 09-30-2011 03:18 AM

gee and i was talking with you
on the phone that day

must have been your old habits
fighting the new things
i was teaching you

you are stubborn sometimes

get well
our lessons aren’t over yet

momma still needs all that stuff done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 09-30-2011 03:58 AM

Tell your son about email so you won’t have to open his letters. :-)

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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