Great knife skills and cooking goes hand in hand. Besides cooking, a knife is handy to initiate self-protection or accomplish certain mundane tasks such as slice open a package or cut a stray thread. I feel it is important to educate the general population about various hacks of using knives safely and complete such daily chores. Here, I have assembled knife tricks for beginners to master.
Pocket Knives Tricks
For opening a package
After flicking the Pocket knife open carefully, the best way to unpack it is to prevent residue from mucking up the blade. Just a mere horizontal cut along the cardboard slowly with care and not the packing tape will provide the best results.
For removing splinter
To initiate the removal, sterilizing the blade with alcohol from beforehand is a necessity. For doing so, the knife is to be kept on one side of the splinter and finger on the other to maintain a grip over it. This can help eradicate the inconvenience likely to be faced in the process to a large extent.
For Successful Whittling
Whittling often refers to the art of crafting something perfectly with bare hands and the right whittling knife. For generations, whittlers make use of their trusty pocket-friendly knife to create ruggedly beautiful pieces of art. The portable nature of the Pocket Knife helps sculpt the wooden masterpiece like a pro.
The starter set is available, which helps offer flex cut accompanied by access to curved handles that comfortably fit in the user’s hand. Thereby, reducing fatigue during long whittling sessions.
For making the whittling procedure a successful one, the steps include:
Step 1: Keep the Pocket Knife as sharp as possible to eradicate the need for exerting greater pressure
Step 2: No need to rush! Try making the process meditative and relaxing enough to avoid accidents.
Step 3: Wear gloves or a thumb pad before starting till the time you become comfortable with various knife strokes. Even a couple of layers of duct tape will do and prevent your thumb from getting hurt as a result of a sudden slip.
Step 4: It is a necessity to identify the direction of grain such that peeling can be performed smoothly. To do so, you are advised to make small cuts on the piece of wood.
The trick is: Cuts made with the grain will peel away smoothly while that made against the grain will resist and will split, eventually making the thing look ugly.
A switchblade relates to a knife that features a blade springing out of the handle once a button is pressed. Now, the button plays an essential role in its working. When fully closed, the button manages to keep the knife separated from tension acting upon it. However, once opened tension of the spring gets released back onto the blade before flicking it open.
Mastering this skill is trendy yet straightforward enough involving acute fun factor in it.
The very construction of such a knife can help beginners perform several tricks using it. Such automated knives particularly prove helpful in situations when individuals prefer to flick the knife open one-handed. This is because the other hand is already holding on to something or for safety concerns at times. Mastery in switch blade tricks can boost the confidence of beginners.
How To Flip A Switchblade Or Butterfly Knife Knife Tricks
As per my experience, flipping the switchblade open is fun and improves the coordination between hand and eye. For instance, to act immediately at times of danger, some of the switchblade tricks include:
Step 1: Holding the knife from the safe side
It is crucial to start with a closed knife and keep a good note of the sharp or dull side to prevent accidents. Use your dominant hand to avoid cutting. By looking at the knife’s anatomy, the sharp side and the dull side are to be detected and care to be given to keep the fingers away from the sharp side.
Step 2: Flicking back the wrist
The wrist is to be flicked backward by holding the switchblade out in front of the direction pointed directly. Such a flip can help open up the knife making the handle of dangerous side hit between the forefinger and the thumb with the hand remaining fixed in the same position.
Step 3: Flip back the knife forward
Now, the wrist is to be flicked downward such that the knife gets closed again, thereby going back to the initial position.
Step 4: Open thumb and flip up the knife again
This involves flipping the knife in an exactly similar manner as before. Still, the thumb needs to be opened and moved to the side, thereby allowing the handle of the dangerous side to smack into the handle holding the knife. Once the knife’s flipping is done into place, you are advised to close your thumb over both its handles.
Knife Tricks For Beginners Using Butterfly Knife
Real Butterfly knives are highly dangerous. You are likely to find flipping such a knife open a fun test of skill and dexterity. However, in the initial stage, try to go ahead with fake ones that have less pointed and less sharp blades. This can help eliminate the risks involved almost entirely, thereby making the learning process fun.
Thus, for beginners showing interest to learn the art of using knife tricks can eventually be regarded as a fun process. This process helps improve hand control through the building of hand or arm strength as well as the acquisition of fine motor skills.