Protect your fingers from flesh-hungry knives #Shopping#cooking#great-ideas#utensils October 12 | Megan Finley meganfinley What does it say about me that all my favorite kitchen products are either shaped like animals or keep you from injuring yourself… like this brilliant finger guard! The finger guard is a stainless steel shield that protects your precious little finger tips while you're slicing and dicing. I, for one, think $7.25 is a good price to pay to keep all your finger tips intact. I'm getting me one of these AND the oven protectors and I'll be totally ready to tackle the second cooking challenge. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher and Editorial Overlord. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog. @meganfinley @meggyfin PREVIOUS How to make gothtastic gingerbread bats with SERIOUS bite NEXT Disguising the tube: How to make an old-school TV look less ugly Toggle comments [ 15 ] A free version is tucking your finger tips in so that your knuckles are holding down the item you are mincing. That's what they teach you in culinary school 10 agree Reply Until you get your knuckle. Bleeds like crazy. 8 agree Reply My chef friends taught me that too! But… it's still too much knife-against-flesh for me to not freak out. 3 agree Reply My significant other is a sous chef and that's what he does. I asked him how he never cuts the knuckle, and he says he doesn't lift the knife that high. 3 agree Reply The finger guard basically trains you to dice in a safe fashion. Take it off, hold the same position, and you're fine. Reply Now this is the kind of kitchen product I need! My poor fingers have been terribly abused. 1 agrees Reply That's awesome! Thinking about getting that for my mom and myself. Unfortunately, we're both beyond clumsy when it comes to knives and hot objects… lol. Reply …wish i'd had something like this 2 days ago when i attempted to remove a fingertip while cutting a butternut squash… 2 agree Reply Those things are a bitch to get into when they're raw. 2 agree Reply Tell me about it. The knife was dull, too, which didn't help. I got through half of the solid portion of the thing without too much of a problem, but by the time I got to the other half I was in trouble. Then, slicey. On a positive note, I got my other half to finish making dinner while my hand stayed in the air. So it could have been worse. 1 agrees Reply What a great idea! One thing that would scare me would be the steel slipping on a drop of water (or freshly rinsed veggies) and send your grip flying into or under the knife. I've also seen the knuckle trick… This one isn't coordinated enough for that! Reply Curl your fingers under your knuckles and go slowly. It pays to develop good, safe habits rather than adding an inconvenient form of protection that lets you continue using an unsafe manner in a confidant way. Because the day will come when you can't find it or you just need to cut something "real quick" and you won't bother with it. (Sorry, I teach risk management and mitigation. I'm kind of a professional buzzkill when it comes to things like this. ) 3 agree Reply I wonder if there is somewhere you could also buy a cut glove like people who work in restaurants use? I work at a restaurant and we have gloves made of a material that protects our hands from being cut. You can still accidentally stab yourself, but slicing won't go through the glove. And at other restaurants I've seen more heavy duty ones. I think a glove would be a lot easier to use than this thingmajig, personally! But I don't know where you could buy one for personal use. Reply Those things are a food safety hazard and illegal in most states, or only allowed for higher risk activities like meat slicers. Reply This would be really great for folks who have long and/or nice nails and are worried about ruining them. I have never ever cut myself while chopping but I have sliced through my nails a few times. Because fingernails don't generally stay the same length all the time, it's hard to accurately program yourself to allow that extra margin of safety in there! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.