Knives and scalpels are sharp, they work best when sharp and they are safer to use when sharp as less effort is required to cut through material. However, a few simple tips will ensure that you do not have to waste valuable modelling time running for a bandage or bothering the medical profession…

  • Always keep your fingers away from, and preferably behind the blade when cutting.
  • Make light multiple passes when cutting thicker materials.
  • Do not cut close to and towards your body.
  • Support the work being cut – a stable work table and cutting mat is highly recommended.
  • Protect your eyes – You are only allowed one mistake in your lifetime regarding eye safety.
  • Obey all the rules regarding glues and paints – especially regarding ventilation and ingestion

Finally, Do not rush!