How to hold a knife: safest finger positioning for the hand holding the knife
Cuts and scrapes from kitchen knives are common but entirely preventable. Learn how to hold a knife in this first part of a series covering kitchen knife safety for cooks who are blind or vision impaired and everyone else!
Pinch the blade tightly between your thumb and index finger
First, hold the clean dry knife in your clean dry dominant hand, the hand you are cutting with.
Second, pinch the lowest portion of the side of the steel blade tightly between your thumb and index finger. Your index finger will be curved — not extended along the spine of the knife. Your pinch should be just above the top part of the handle.
Third, curl your other three fingers safely around the handle of the knife.
Regardless of the length of the blade, pinching the lowest portion of the blade, the portion next to the handle, and circling your remaining fingers around the handle will keep the sharp side of the blade facing downward and keep your hand safe. This is true regardless of the length of the blade.
Pinching the knife is the safest way to keep it from turning in your hand should it get wet or oily and allows you to keep the sharp blade always facing downward.
Use a Cut Glove
The Blind Kitchen Cut Glove will also help to keep your hands safe while using knives in the kitchen, though these are designed for use on the hand holding the food.
Check back for a new post which will be part one of a 3-part series covering safe ways to protect the hand that is holding the food while cutting with a knife!