It’s always good to be able to share a learning experience and I hope someone can take a lesson from my own
Friday I had a bunch of new knives come in and I rushed to get them all listed in the store before the weekend. When I take photo’s I always like to shoot the knife in the sheath to give you an idea how it fits. I was down to the last knife and was preoccupied reading email, getting lined up for the final shot and trying to get the knife in a new stiff sheath.
First lesson, if you feel resistance sliding a knife into a sheath, STOP. Pay attention and start over. If you dont’, you run the risk of the following….
Yup, the blade will cut through the leather and anything else that’s in it’s path. Got it?????
I’ll admit to being a bit of a slow learner, but usually, it only takes once. So before anyone questions my intelligence (as did my wife) and asks me if I didn’t just do the same thing about a year ago, no. It was a totally different situation. That time I had a knife open at the halfway to half stop and foolishly stuck my finger between the blade and the frame while the blade snapped shut. See? Totally different situation.
The really embarrassing part of this incident is that when I got to the clinic, the nurse checked my chart and noted that I had been in last April for a similar incident. To add insult to injury, the attending Dr was the same one that treated me last time as well.
The good news is there was no tendon involvement this time. No splint or permanently bent finger. A few stitches and I’m good as new. My nephew did suggest it might be time to consider ‘giving up the keys’ and my wife is leaving band-aids and shop rags around the house for future incidents.
The second lesson, it’s a lot cheaper to go to the clinic instead of the E.R. And it’s nice to get on a first name basis with the nurses and Doc’s.