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Rotary cutters are not forgiving
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Date: 11/3/09 10:52 AM

After cutting hundreds of yards of fabric for my sewing business, I pretty much lopped the side of my finger off with my large sized rotary cutter last night. I obviously wasn't paying close enough attention to what I was doing which is all too easy to do when you have done something hundreds of times. Tons and tons of blood. Fortunately, husband was home and could deal with bandaging it enough to get me to urgent care -- I can easily deal w/ lots of pain, but not lots of blood.

We joked in the treatment room about a mesh or Kevlar glove. Although, I'm pretty sure I'll find one under the Christmas tree if not as a gift from him sooner than that.

Does anyone have any experience with safety gloves or recommendations?

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Date: 11/3/09 10:56 AM

I don't have any personal experience, but I have often seen these kinds of gloves in kitchen supply catalogs. They're recommended for things like shucking oysters. I have noticed that often the people I buy fish from have one of those gloves on, and then a latex glove over it. That makes me think they must fit pretty closely, which would be important if you're going to have any flexibility.

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Date: 11/3/09 11:15 AM

I'm always so paranoid about cutting myself with the rotary cutter, especially since I cut on the floor. I may ask for one of these gloves for Christmas myself. Hope your finger heals quickly!

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Date: 11/3/09 12:05 PM

I found this one this morning--looks perfect. instead of whole hand, just the fingers that are at most risk:

http://www.sharpesafety.com/catalog/product-display.php3?ID=1086

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Date: 11/3/09 4:20 PM

That's perfect! I was wondering if a big glove would make me more clumsy but this solves that dilemma. Thank you!

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Date: 11/3/09 4:24 PM

That looks really awkward.

Wouldn't it just be simpler to slow down and be a little more careful?

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Date: 11/3/09 5:41 PM

Jacqui, I think you'd be better off asking Santa for a portable cutting table instead.

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Date: 11/3/09 8:42 PM

Or try a Stainless steel finger guard

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Date: 11/4/09 6:31 AM

http://www.createforless.com/Fons+_and_+Porters+Klutz+Glove+Small/pid50434.aspx

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Date: 11/4/09 10:44 AM

Sorry to hear about your accident. I have some experience in using these gloves for rehabilitation activities with persons who have lost vision. At the university, we use these kinds of gloves for teaching clients and students how to cut with sharp knives and scissors for kitchen or gardening use. We have also had our students (future teachers) try the gloves with blindfolds on (to learn the techniques for teaching adaptive skills). In general these gloves are effective for reducing injuries. Chances are, if you make the effort to put the gloves on--you will probably prevent "autopilot" from kicking in. I haven't found the gloves to be too cumbersome either. I think I would try it.

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