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Safety Tips for your
Wenger Swiss Army Knife

American Knife & Tool InstituteThe American Knife & Tool Institute has compiled an important list of tips concerning safety, use, maintenance, sharpening, conservation, and outdoor ethics when using any type of knife.



Message to Parents

It's important that each child to know that:
  1. Knives are tools, not toys.
  2. Sharp knives are safe tools. Dull knives can be dangerous.
  3. The sharp edge and point of the blade should always be pointed in a safe direction.
  4. Do not take knives anywhere they are prohibited such as schools, school functions, or anywhere else they might not be allowed.
Safety
Always keep safety in mind when using your knife.
  • Be sure to know how your knife works before using it. Practice safely opening and closing your knife.
  • Always carry your knife with the blade shut or in a sheath.
  • A sharp knife will always be more safe and do a better job.
  • Only use your knife to cut. Do not use it to hammer, pound, etc.
  • Remember not to “chop” or strike objects to cut them.
  • Never throw your knife (unless it’s specifically designed to do so).
  • If the blade of your knife does not lock in the open position, do not put pressure on the blade in a direction that might cause it to close on your fingers.
  • Always ask yourself “If my knife accidentally slips where will it go?” If the answer is “towards me or somebody else’s body,” change your position.
Learn more about knife safety on the American Knife & Tool Institute’s Knife Education and Safety page.

Maintenance
You’ll get the best service from your knife if it is kept in good shape.
  • Remove all water and dry thoroughly if the knife.
  • Use light oil to cover the blade and hinged parts.
  • Wipe off all excess oil.
  • Whenever the knife is not going to be used for a long period of time, make sure that the blades and working parts have a protective covering of oil. This will keep it from rusting.
  • Never attempt to take apart your knife. Doing so will leave you with an unsafe knife that will no longer be warrantied by most manufacturers.
Sharpening
It is easy to keep the blade sharp. Use a good sharpening stone or any of the commercially available sharpening systems. For the best results and safety, follow the directions for whatever system you choose. If you sharpen it regularly, only a few strokes will be needed to keep it sharp.
  1. Hold the blade at a 10°-15° angle. Maintain that angle while sharpening.
  2. Push the knife in the direction of the edge.
  3. Turn the knife around to the other side of the edge. Push the opposite direction, in the direction of the blade.
Conservation
We are living in an age of concern for the environment. It is a great time to become active in a local, state or national program or organization. There are many groups, clubs, programs and organizations in your area you can look into joining. These groups are involved in many different types of outdoor activities.

Outdoor Ethics
It is important to treat your outdoor surroundings with respect. Always leave the area the same as it was when you arrived, or in better condition. Ethical outdoors men and women always follow the guidelines and regulations. It is important to read all signs. Know the specific rules before you head out on the trail, lake, river or any recreational areas. Guidelines and regulations are established to be sure the area provides the same positive surrounding for each and every visitor year after year.

Learn more about knife safety on the American Knife & Tool Institute’s official website.
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