As with all knives, respect for their sharpness will keep your limbs and all body parts safe. Here are a few tips: Keep knives sharp; they're safer than dull knives. Clean immediately after use, to prevent caking of foodstuffs and the subsequent difficulties in cleaning. When wiping, always move the knife dull side (the 'back') first; with the sharp edge following, accidental cuts can be avoided. Wash by hand using hot, sudsy water, rinse with hot water, then dry immediately. Don't let them soak. Store knives in a safe, dry place, with the sharp edge protected.