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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2804
From: Carson, California
Posted: 2005-04-05 09:37 am   Permalink

Hi Ben,

Just checking to see if that pesky nail has come off yet.

I thought you might appreciate the similar problems I encountered while carving tikis in the Amazon Jungles of Peru.

Here I am getting ready to carve with my trusty CAIMAN-22B.

These beauties are great for making deep cuts in logs. They are surprisingly sharp as well and can do detail work in a pinch.

Unfortunately, they also have a lot of torque and can spin free if you don't hold them with an extremely firm grip. That's what happened to me with this one. I let it get away from me during an intense carving session:

Clean slice to the bone up to the first knuckle. Split the nail cleanly as well, right down to the bone. I was lucky. No major nerve or tendon damage. But I couldn't play volleyball for a few weeks.

Because the nail-bed itself was damaged, my fingernail now grows with a pronounced ridge down its length. Left me with a gnarly scar.

Here is my uncle with some of our finer carving tools, used for detail work. Mostly PIRANHA-5's and 6's.



[ This Message was edited by: Sabu The Coconut Boy on 2005-04-05 09:39 ]

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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2005-04-05 10:23 am   Permalink

Hey Sabu, thats a pretty cool tool and I realy like the fine detail ones. I could ues the #6 and #7 for my work. Your bite looks nasty. When the nail is cut or torn it hurts more.
I only lost a match-head size chunk from the middle of the nail. It's doing fine now tho

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Joined: Oct 05, 2004
Posts: 93
From: Northern FL
Posted: 2005-04-05 2:46 pm   Permalink

Hey Tiki G, I missed this question before. Just type "cut resistant glove" into your search engine. They are normally used in food service kitchens. I know of two kinds: the chain mail and the nylon/mesh kind. We have a few of the mesh ones at my work and I thought it was a joke when I saw them. I put a carrot into the finger part of the glove and started sawing away with a buther knife. I didn't punture the glove at all.

I can grip stuff pretty good with the chain mail glove and it is pretty comfortable. I wood recommend either one for hand carving but I don't know if I would wear one when working with power tools. The glove itself could get wrapped up in a spinning (insert instrument of pain here). On a side note these will protect you from a slashing/cutting motion, not a stabbing motion. I didn't try it, but I'm guessing you would feel some pain if your hand was stabbed. Hope this helps.

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