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Thread: Put the knife down. Step away from the knife!

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    Put the knife down. Step away from the knife!

    Just a tip and a warning and a thank you.

    Tip first…

    I have recently found that a chain mail glove is a brilliant aid to skinning it enables you to get a positive grip on the slippery pelt without strain.

    I have also discovered that mine will fit over both my nitrile rubber glove and the dressing and splint I have on my finger….

    I discovered this because...

    Warning...

    Make sure you remember to put your knife down, even if the clean spot is a couple of steps away, before you snap off the leg.

    A wise man learns by his mistakes…a lucky man learns by the mistakes of others….

    Thank you...
    I would also like to express my thanks to Apache for his advice on applying pressure to nasty cuts in an earlier thread….

    Alan
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    Dont want to be a spoil sport but the chainmail glove on top of your glove will lead to more cross-contamination. In the meat trade we are made to wear a rubber glove over the chainmail. Hope this can be any help to you

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    On a lighter note, did you get to eat the lolly before using the stick as a split?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigscott270 View Post
    Dont want to be a spoil sport but the chainmail glove on top of your glove will lead to more cross-contamination. In the meat trade we are made to wear a rubber glove over the chainmail. Hope this can be any help to you
    That makes sense, it always takes an age to get the bits out of the mail…I must admit my priority was to keep the blades and gunk away from my wound.

    I do have large and extra large nitrile gloves I could have tried one inside and one outside…will do that next time

    One learns so much on SD.

    Alan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akeld View Post
    On a lighter note, did you get to eat the lolly before using the stick as a split?

    Unfortunately it was painfully (given my sore finger) fashioned from a bit of kindling wood (how did you guess it was a lighter?) a cedar shingle off cut

    It was the half remembered vision of a lollipop stick splint that gave me the idea after I managed to open the wound just before bed last night that prompted the whittling...

    Alan

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    This is good advice, I managed to stick my knife firmly into the top of my knee/lower thigh while cutting through the last leg joint on a red stag, it was tough as old boots so more force than normal was needed, finally went through, but I then somehow managed to follow through it and into my leg...it also put a nice hole in my prohunter trousers too....
    great!
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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    Quote Originally Posted by deerstalker.308 View Post
    This is good advice, I managed to stick my knife firmly into the top of my knee/lower thigh while cutting through the last leg joint on a red stag, it was tough as old boots so more force than normal was needed, finally went through, but I then somehow managed to follow through it and into my leg...it also put a nice hole in my prohunter trousers too....
    great!
    I'm no first aid expert but I think its thoroughly bad drill to use a blade near your upper leg or inner thigh, especially when performing a task that requires pressure. If you slip and put the blade through your femoral artery it'll be thank You and Good Night. Unless you've got a suitable tourniquet to hand and know how to apply it in double quick time your blood will flow out of your like you've turned on a tap. There'll be no waiting around for four minutes for an ambulance - if one can get to you.
    Its so easy when you're tired and your hands are cold and slippery to relax onto your knees and work much too close to your legs. I did it once when I was trying to cut the brush off a fox for my nephew who had asked me to get him one. It was a freezing cold night and my hands felt like wood. I was trying to push the tip of the blade between the vertebra when I slipped and drove it into my leg just above the knee. And a knife blooded from a fox's rear end as well.
    Although it makes my back ache I now always work standing up with the knife to the outside of my legs and working away from me. Sounds obvious when you're set in an armchair but easy to forget in the heat of the moment.

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    having applied said tourniquet to eejit who should ave known betters i agree ,its a doddle when your tired and cold to cock up.whatching someone slice something open on his leg with a stanley knife ,as he went through his flesh and the red stuff sprayed out i did a good impression of speedy gonzales trying to stop eejit from bleeding to death.bootlace at the top of the thigh and snellmachen to the local A n E so the nurses could call my stupidvisor a t....w..a.TTT.still no substitute for experience as he used to tell me before he needed 11 stitches in his thigh muscle .we never extracted the urine of course being gentlemen

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    It is so easy to cut yourself. I like to do a fair bit of cooking and I came a cropper with a Sabatier knife whilst cutting meat a few months ago. Nothing lasting except I've lost the feeling in a bit of one finger for good. You feel so stupid. I always cut away from myself whenever using any bladed instrument, as I'm sure we all do 99% of the time. But it's right that when you're a bit cold, a bit tired, perhaps the excitement of the stalk is behind you and it's the more mundane chores you are doing when you need to be at your most alert and that is when it's most difficult.

    Next thing is: How many of us when gralloching a deer away from the vehicle, would have any sort of first aid kit to hand?

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    Sound advice, 12 stitches in my knee last august skinning a roe Very lucky I didnt open up anything major

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