Using a Kitchen Knife Safely - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Hi, I am Medea Allen from Organic Soul Chef and I would like to share some tips with you on how to safely use a knife. First of all, you definitely want to have a sharp knife. Always maintain your blade sharp because it is actually safer to be cut with a sharp knife and it is actually much quicker and more efficient working with a sharp knife as opposed to a dull knife. So, you have your sharp knife. How you hold your knife is also important. You want to have a nice, tight grip on your knife and the hand that is going to be holding the vegetable or whatever you are cutting down is going to be in a bear claw. The key to the bear claw is not to have your fingertips exposed to the blade. For example, I am going to take this lemon, slice it in half. I am going to hold down the lemon with the bear claw. Perfect. That goes for any knife. Even the small paring knife I am still going to maintain the bear claw. Even for a product as small as garlic, you still want to maintain the bear claw, or cherry tomatoes, it is all important to hold the bear claw. Also when you are working with knives, very sharp knives, you want to make sure your feet are protected. Do not have open toed shoes because knives do fall and you do not want them to fall on your toes. So have closed toe shoes. And also, when you are handing someone a knife, you want to hand them the knife with the handle and do not wave around your knife trying to make an elaborate point. Always keep your knife on the board. Having a cutting board is key to working with a sharp knife. You do not want to have your French knife cutting in your hand. That is not the safest way. So, those are a few tips on how to handle your knife safely.