There’s a commonly stated belief in the woodworking world that a razor sharp tool is safer than a dull one. I’m not really sure I follow the logic but it comes down to a sharp tool doing it’s job with less random effort on your part. I guess less effort, if well controlled, is less likely to result in accident.

One thing I do know is that a cut made by a sharp edge is much less painful and heals faster than one made by a dull or ragged edge.

I found this out last night unfortunately. I don’t cut myself often and fortunately, when I do, it’s not serious (at least not yet). Every time I do I try to learn from it and not do what I was doing any more.