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Old 09-16-2009, 03:45 AM   #1
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Make sure to cut AWAY from you when using a large folding knife, so you don't have to spend 2 hours at the urgent care center like I did today. Good news is that I don't need stitches (apparently wasn't quite deep enough to warrant them), bad news is I'm out my $15 copay and 2 hours of brewing time.
Oh well.
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Old 09-16-2009, 04:00 AM   #2
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Ouch. That sucks.
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Old 09-16-2009, 04:02 AM   #3
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I made the very same mistake, cutting a hole in a 3.5" disk (to make it double-sided!) 20 years ago. Closed on my index finger, cut almost to the bone, arterial bleeding, etc. etc.

I ended up getting it to close on its own and didn't go to the ER (no insurance at the time)...still have a 3/4 inch scar but otherwise unscathed. But it taught me a lesson I'll always remember. Just earlier today I was using a folding pocketknife, and you can bet I didn't have my finger in the danger zone the whole time.

 
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:14 AM   #4
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It didn't exactly fold on me, as it has a locking mechanism once it's open (thumb flipper knife thingy). So the knife (and my hand) flew past the plastic at about 30 mph and sliced into my left index finger. I then gently closed it and got a rag for the blood (carefully not to bleed into my half-cracked grain bucket).

Pretty sure I'm naming the beer I was cracking grains for "Socia's Bloody Blonde Ale"
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:23 AM   #5
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I like the new beer name....very appropriate
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:11 AM   #6
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Thank the good lord for Steri-Strips.
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:17 PM   #7
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Think about it...when was the last time you saw someone whittling TOWARDS them? Always use a blade AWAY from you.

Sorry you hurt yourself.
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:35 PM   #8
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Sounds like how I hurt my index finger about 6 years back. I was cutting towards me - next thing I know I'm asking my wife if she thinks we should go to the doctor (didn't hurt much). No insurance didn't help. Good thing the ER doc was an orthopedic surgeon.

13 stitches on the tendon ('twas hanging by a thread), 10 on the skin later I have about 90% use of my finger. Hurts like a bitch when it's really cold though...
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:40 PM   #9
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Didn't get the badge in boy scouts did ya?

Glad to hear it wasn't too deep to warrant stitches. It's still gonna leave a nasty scar tho'.

 
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:54 PM   #10
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A little off-topic but a few years ago I figured out to make sure I know when my hands are going when I break a tough nut loose when working on a car. I braced my feet to pull when changing my brakes and when it finally came loose I smashed my hand and almost blacked out. Fun times.
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