Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Camping/Knife safety

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  • Keep your blades sharp. A dull knife is difficult to push through wood, requiring additional force. When the wood finally gives, the blade keeps going.
  • Always push the blade away from you, and constantly consider where the blade will go.
  • Keep your fingers clear of the blade at all times.
  • When splitting wood with a knife, do not hammer on the back of the blade. This weakens the attachment to the handle and deforms the blade.
  • Close a pocket knife when it's not in use or when you are carrying it.
  • Keep all blades away from heat. Heat will remove the temper, softening the blade. A soft blade will not hold an edge, making it nearly impossible to keep it sharp.