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The best way to lose a digit before dinner is by holding the knife the wrong way

Grip the handle close to the blade and pinch the blade between your index finger and thumb. Curl your index finger if it’s long enough to feel like it might get caught underneath the blade. Get ready to chop without quivering in fear

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How to hold a kitchen knife without cutting your fingers off