Please note, that with any weapon, the user must exercise a higher modicum of safety than he would with almost any other device. Edged weapons are especially unforgiving when it comes to user recklessness. Just as a reminder, a few safety steps can certainly prevent a disaster. 1) All knives are real and sharp, until you have specifically confirmed them as not being so. 2) Losing control of the knife is bad enough, but to try to instantly correct it can lead to even more disaster. To quote Big Don, "Let it go. Jump back out of the way, stupid! "Catching" it with the palm of your hand, stings considerably..."