Paper cutting Practice Sheet
I recommend that you print this sheet out first so that you can get the hang of paper cutting. Click the image to download the sheet as a PDF.
Safely Using A Craft Knife
SELECTION OF EQUIPMENT.
• Sufficiently sized cutting mats or boards (I recommend a self healing cutting mat)
• Safety metal ruler (NOT flat steel ruler or a plastic ruler)
• Use Retractable blade craft knife and lock blade in place both when in use and not in use
• All equipment should be in good condition – sharp blades and a strong handle
CONTROL WHILST CUTTING.
When cutting with a craft knife, even with the appropriate equipment, safe cutting practices are essential:
• Always make sure the material to be cut is held firmly on a stable surface.
• Keep your ‘other’ hand behind the cutting blade at all times (most cuts are to the finger tips of the left hand, and happen on the ‘follow through’)
• NEVER cut towards your body / hands.
• Don’t press too hard (if necessary make several cuts)
• If necessary, make a series of shorter cuts to keep control over long cuts
• Be aware of others in the area (they may bump or distract you)
CONTROL WHEN NOT IN USE.
The risk of injury from knives is not limited to their use:
• Always retract the blade when not in use
• Never leave open knives unattended on desks
• Never leave knives on floors, chairs etc where others might not expect to find them
• Never put unprotected blades in your bag or pocket.
MAINTENANCE. (i.e. Blade changing)
Particular care must also be taken when maintaining knives:
• Follow the instructions on your craft knife when changing or sharpening the blade.
If you suffer an injury from a sharp which may be contaminated:
• Wash the wound using cold running water
• Don't suck the wound
• Dry the wound with materials from the first aid kit and cover it with a waterproof plaster or dressing
• If needed, seek medical assistance