Monday, December 31, 2018

The First Cut Is the Deepest

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We are faithful fans of Forged in Fire and my husband John has reactivated his passion for knives and swords.  It has been a long time passion since he finished grad. school.

Whenever he passes a sword tent at some street fair, John will hoist a sword from its scabbard and says, "Hmmm. Nice balance..." even though it is clearly something from China. 


An awesome purchase
His love of knives and swords led me to purchase a good quality chef knife set. Made in Germany. Sharp as all get out (which means to the extreme). He exclaimed with joy as he opened it.

On Christmas day, I was going to chop chives for Christmas dinner. I'll just use these German Knives.

All was going well as I pulled the knife from from its block and picked up the chives, and made the first slice. That single slice resulted was totally painless until I saw my finger  was bleeding like a son of a gun (a mild or euphemistic term for son of the bitch). Looking down I could see the knife had sliced a translucent piece of skin skin from my left index finger.

Grabbing paper towel and racing to the first aid supplies, I ran  for minutes to staunch (which means stop the flow of bleeding). Also poured hydrogen peroxide. Then wrapped the dam with layers of gauze.

I picked up an old knife, finished the chopping. BUT my right little finger brushed the new knife, just brushed it. Another flow of blood. It was just a slice, a tiny slice. But, oh boy howdy (which means an exclamation of excitement and surprise from the South or Texas) that slice was leaking.

First aid, gauze, tape. Oh bloody hell (which means interjection which is an exclamation of awe and surprise, sometimes in anger or despondency).

Even as I write this, I must use the hunt and peck typing
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It is time to change the dressings. 


Cat Stevens
First Cut Is the Deepest

Happy New Year!!  

62 comments:

  1. Ouch.
    I hope you heal quickly.
    And a very happy (and safe) New Year to you and yours.

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    1. Now I don't shiver when I pick one up. It is like it is telling me to watch out for it.

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  2. I feel your pain (which is a statement of empathy meaning that I have done thing same thing and am cringing in imagined pain). Happy New Year and please be careful.

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  3. Okay. Time to put those weapons away until you can figure out how to dull them a bit. Happy New Year. Goal for 2019. No more finger slices.

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    1. Dull knives are useless, you need to exert more pressure to slice which increases the possibility of the blade slipping and cutting you.

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  4. In the strangest coincidence of my day, I was in the middle of reading this when my Spotify playlist of 169 songs started Sheryl Crow singing "The First Cut is the Deepest."

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  5. since I secretly want to be a chef, I looked up some Chef's cutlery and passed on it and just resharpened my butcher knives. LOL I have heard of Cat all my life it seems, but that is my first intro. Thanks.
    It is amazing how sharp some knives can be. Heal and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR. Life is good even with a cut finger!
    Sherry & jack

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    1. Had a great family New Year celebration.

      We have always had cheap knives, so I bought this for my husband. It may not have been a good idea.

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  6. Wusthof?
    When chopping anything, copy the chefs on the cooking shows, notice how they hold the fingers bent so the knife blade goes down past the knuckles not the fingertips and angle the knife very very slightly AWAY from the fingers.
    Or buy a supersize pack of gauze and adhesive tape (*~*)

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    1. I read your answer, and did what you told me. Worked well. Thanks!

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  7. Ouch. Time to whip out the duct tape lol never fun to cut one's self. Hopefully it heals fast.

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    1. I bet duct take would be great! What did civilization do before duct tape?

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  8. Oh Susan, your 'asides' crack me up! I once thrust my hands into dishwater, not realizing a sharp knife blade was hiding beneath the suds. Nope, no fun at all.

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  9. Yikes those are lethal weapons. Think I would put them under glass for viewing only. Heal quickly.

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    1. Beloved has a set of steak knives that he keeps in his office. Injuries are improving daily.

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  10. Holy moly, now THAT'S a sharp knife! May you heal soon.

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  11. I hate sharp knives and avoid them like the plague.

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    1. Holding a authenticate sword must be a thrill.

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  12. I have a machete that was given to me by my dad and two swords in the day of King Arthur that I bought years ago.

    Happy New Year to you and your husband.

    Cruisin Paul

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    1. Your dad, now that would be a great post about his machete. My beloved would love to see your two swords.

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  13. Ouch! I trust you're healing well.

    I only recently learned that the song was originally by Cat Stevens. That's the sort of thing I expect to know!

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    1. Love Cat Stevens! Good to see him performing again.

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  14. Sweetie has a hand forged sword that could really do a lot of damage, he is very careful with it but i still worry.

    Hope you heal quickly!

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    1. All I can say is lock the cabinet door, but don't tell him.

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  15. I learned the hard way that knives and me should avoid each other.
    Happy New Year.

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  16. Also time to put those knives from the hot place somewhere where you won't be tempted to use them again. Sheesh.

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    1. I have used them since with no disasters. Pay attention and go slow, I have learned this.

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  17. Ouch! You do have to take great care with sharp knives, but they're better than using dull ones.

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    1. My mom fried two who chickens on Sundays. They were whole chickens and she cut them apart with a horribly dull knife. I swear, she usually had a sizable cut.

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    2. My daughter cuts her cooked chickens apart with kitchen shears, something she learned while working in the deli department of a supermarket. Of course we all copied her and now we all have kitchen shears kept just for cutting cooked chickens or even pizzas.

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  18. Oh wow- that hurt even reading about it!! Heal Well!

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    1. Strange thing is, being such a sharp knife, there was no pain at all.

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  19. Ouch. That's one sharp knife.

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    1. The knife holder has moved to a corner of the kitchen counter top. I fear them not.

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  20. Praying you get better soon.

    God bless.

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  21. A very sharp post. I hope you learned that the point of something is not always the most important thing, but could be the most dangerous thing. :) Glad you didn't take your finger off. And tell your husband to move his collection of knives (especially those lost in kitchen drawers) to the local flea market. :)))

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    1. When I was 14, we were canning corn. As I cut the kernels off, I nearly sliced a goodly part of the same finger. We cleaned finger, wrapped it up, and I moved to the quart jar sterilizing.

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  22. Even the best chefs slice their fingers from time to time, combination of using the best and sharpest knives and not paying attention because it is so second nature to them, I believe they have gloves like chainmail for just that problem might be worth looking into. Get better...Love Emma's comment.

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    1. I am improving, and my cuts are as well. I wondered about the chain mail.

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    2. Chain mail gloves are most often worn when using electric slicers. It's a safety rule here in Australia, no glove, no slicing.

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  23. Where in Central IL did you grow up at, Susan?
    Hope your finger has healed.

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    1. I grew up in a small rural town (Nebo, 15 miles away from Pike County seat, Pittsfield) and Springfield was about 90 miles away.

      Finger is way better. Thanks for asking.

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  24. I haven't heard Cat Stevens in a good long minute! I used to love Wild World. I'm so sorry about your fingers. boo to the extra sharp knives. Can you send them back to Germany? ;) :) Happy New Year to you!!

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    1. When he stepped away from music, it was sad. We loved him, too. So I found he had been first to sing and record. Seeing him at the microphone made us happy.

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  25. Wow, glad you didn't cut the finger off. We had some sharp knives years ago that we gave away that gave my wife and I a few good cuts. Better luck next time when you use those knives. :)

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    1. My skills have improved, which is great. The last time I used, no blood appeared

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  26. Wow, I think I'd buy pre-sliced... just sayin'. Thanks for stopping by my place!

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    1. Enjoyed stopping over and will be back! I am being oh so careful these days.

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  27. This post is sharp and on point.

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  28. I hope you heal soon. Have a great 2019!

    www.ficklemillennial.blogspot.com

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    1. Great to hear from you! I will pop over to the address!

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  29. Hope you are healing well.
    I like your music choice from Cat Stevens.

    Happy New Year Wishes.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Cat Stevens was our college age music. We loved him, still do.

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