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06 April 2010 @ 09:24 pm
Always cut away from yourself.
I'm feeling: thoughtfulthoughtful
lazyz: genolazyz on April 7th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
catcatya on April 7th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
that sounds dire.
Antarctica, Winter 1982ivorjawa on April 7th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
Not strictly true. With a paring knife, the action is towards your thumb -- but you run the knife and hold whatever you're cutting with the same hand so you're well aware of where the blade is.

Only figured this out in the last year or so from watching Alton Brown, but it makes certain operations in the kitchen much, much easier. Previously, I had been paranoid about such things ...

[Hope you're not too badly cut!]
kw_leighkw_leigh on April 7th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
Most especially with a box cutter that has a fresh blade in it. It can move really fast.
Beowabbitbeowabbit on April 7th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Well, it depends what exactly you’re trying to carve. (The two categories being yourself and everything else.) I do hope you didn’t learn this the hard way!
Will O'the Wispwotw on April 7th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
Until I read the comments, I somehow jumped to the conclusion
that what you were "cutting" was a deck of cards and I couldn't
figure out why the direction mattered. I get it now. Hope
you're okay.
MRFmrf_arch on April 7th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
Especially when using a chainsaw.

I hope you're okay.
Co-conspirator of Squeemuffyjo on April 7th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
With knives...yes, makes sense. (I hope that's not today's lesson. If so...ouch!)
With Directing film...yes, because no matter how intriguing the conversation with the director is, it's better if they show the action.
With cards...it's the polite way to deal
With dancing...not sure how that would work. I mean, you can cut in on someone else...is letting someone cut in, cutting away from yourself?

Edited at 2010-04-07 01:58 pm (UTC)
whynotkaywhynotkay on April 7th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
I hope you're ok...
drwexdrwex on April 7th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
that could be bad
or it could be "whew, glad I remembered that." Hope it's not bad.
born from jets!!!catness on April 7th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
I always think this and then someone's on the other side from me as I slice. Then I freeze as I try to figure out what Emily Post would recommend.