So it has been quite a while since I have posted here. Life, waning NAD and other obsessions have taken over the small bit of my brain available for things other than breathing, heart beat and muscle control.
I am at a bit of a quandary though. I'm obsessed with sharpness so every knife in the kitchen will shave.. always. I sharpen often and not just mine but other peoples knives as well so I'm at the stone a lot. I also have been playing my guitars a lot and really focusing on becoming a better guitar player.
The problem.... I cut the fingers on my left hand too often. Not when cooking (well sometimes) but when sharpening. I follow all my rules about keeping my fingers on the stone and try to slow down ect.. But i still occasionally cut myself. The problem is that this usually happens when the knife is quite sharp and can leave quite a cut, inevitably on the tip of my left (fretting) hand. As a result of playing a lot more and investing time and money (lessons and a new (to me) 52 Tele reissue) i have been over using my strop and avoiding stones.... yes i have become slightly (only slightly!!) paranoid of sharpening my kitchen cutlery.
Certain stones have been the most problem in the past. Mostly my Kitayama and my old Aoto natural. These both seem to make very slippery mud. The Kitayama (yah, I'm blaming the stone?!?!) caused my fingers to slip off blade a few years ago and sliced the tip of my finger bad enough for 9 stitches and almost a year before i could push on a guitar string.
Soooo, my question is....... Has anyone worn anything on there hand to guard against the dreaded fillet-o-finger. Kevlar gloves? thick rubber? leather?..... or am i a hopeless klutz and should just run my Kikuichimonji Honyaki gyuto threw the knife "sharpener" on the back of the electric can opener and call it good.?
Bill in Seattle.