Best way to deal with an accidentily dropped Superleaf, close call, awareness

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Best way to deal with an accidentily dropped Superleaf, close call, awareness

Postby dbcad » Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:32 pm

A similar topic was discussed some time ago on the forum. I'm very glad I read that particular thread :D

I had just gotten finished checking the edge on a very sharp Superleaf while sitting at my desk, stockinged feet partially under the desk. I was half hearing, half watching the History channel on a TV 90° to my right. I moved to pick up the knife to close it and suddenly realized that I had lost control of the Superleaf which started tumbling to the floor towards the approximate location of my feet :eek:

My split second reaction, and I geuss it was a correct one was to get all body appendages out of the way of that falling knife. All concern for the edge and tip were secondary. Trying to grab a slowly tumbling, very sharp knife solely in the control of gravity is not a good idea :eek:

I am grateful my reactions were what they were and thought I'd repost an example of this circumstance after looking at the picture of the knife taken about 30 seconds after the mishap :) If it had hit the top of my foot it would have been ugly.
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Postby kbuzbee » Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:44 pm

Yikes! Lucky tootsies, brother ;)


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Postby xceptnl » Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:47 pm

Good save. I have had a few of these close calls before.
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Postby SolidState » Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:54 pm

I've caught a few knives in the foot before, it's none too fun. My brother and I used to play chicken by throwing knives at eachother's feet as kids, and sometimes I "won." The best method is to just get your feet out of the way. The other choice is to slice up your hand while you slap your knife directly into your shins. You chose wisely!
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Postby OldSarSwmr » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:01 pm

Reading that made my foot hurt! Good call on the "get out of the way of the spinning falling slicey knife thing". Sitting at the hospital would be way less fun. ;)

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Postby sharpguitarist » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:20 pm

Hey Charlie,
I can relate to your story.
I had just finished touching up the edge of my CTS Manix 2 while sitting in my recliner. I was wearing a new pair of leather house shoes my wife had gotten me, and I fumbled the knife and it bounced butt first off of the recliner seat and promptly fell on the top of my left foot. All I felt was a bump.
Fearing that I had damaged the knife, I quickly picked it up and inspected it.
To my luck, no damage to the knife.
But at that moment of relief, I felt this funny warm trickle of moisture inside my house shoe.
The tip of the blade had punctured my new house shoe and my foot. A 1/4" slit in the leather and a nice matching 1/4" deep cut to the top of my dog.
It took me forever to get it to stop bleeding.
Talk about feeling dumb!
And I never related the indecent to my wife. I would never hear the end of it.
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Postby notos&w » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:07 pm

Guns and knives = don't try to catch when falling! Good decision.

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Postby Holland » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:49 pm

well done, situation could have turned out far worse

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Postby chuck_roxas45 » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:11 pm

Yeh, once I was practicing weak side waving my manix 2 and threw it away inadvertently. It stuck quivering on the wooden floor.

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Postby Pockets » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:28 pm

Nice save.
I was trying to Spyderdrop my Delica and threw it into a wall once. No damage, fortunately.

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Postby dbcad » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:29 pm

My reaction was very much influenced by posts I read here on the forum quite some time ago. Hopefully someone who reads this thread can learn and avoid injury as I was able to from the posts I read years ago. A quick calculation tells me the knife was falling at close to 14 ft/s from 3 ft.

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Postby Atilla » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:07 pm

My dad goEs scuba diving in cosemel (probably spelled that wrong) and he always brings back souvaneers for everyone. One year he brought me a set of shark jaws, which I proudly displayed on my dresser. About a week later I bumped my dresser and the jaws fell off. As a reflex I reached out and caught them, a very bad idea. Let's just say I had a a really cool scar across my left palm for a couple years.

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Postby villageidiot » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:25 pm

My Dad did the same with his new Cara.

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Postby rodloos » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:07 pm

Must be some sort of law, just like when you drop buttered toast it always lands butter-side down, when you drop a knife it lands tip down :) . Glad you didn't get your foot cut. Good thing it wasn't a hard tile or cement floor :D .
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