In part one of this knife play guide, What Is Knife Play? Blade Play 101, we looked at the basic idea of knife play, the importance of communication and the risks attached to edge play. If you haven’t yet – go check it out.

In this second part, let’s look at equally important aspects of learning how to wield a blade in BDSM: Hygiene and storing of your knives and what different types of blade there are.

Hygiene Is Key to Knife Play

You always need to clean your knives, before and after you play with them. You will be tracing your knife over someone’s skin. You might purposely, or not, cause some scarring or if you are more experienced some cuts. You do not want these to become infected because your knives are dirty.

When you first receive your knife, clean it with some germicidal soap, making sure you remove any oil that might have been left on the blade during manufacture. After that before actually playing, clean it with alcohol. Make sure the alcohol has evaporated before you start using it on your partner.

Directly after using your knives repeat the alcohol treatment to ensure you kill off any germs that might have been contracted from your partner’s skin.

And of course ask the receiver to be as clean as he or she can possibly be, e.g. showered.
If you are playing at a party, cleaning the surfaces which will be in contact with your knives or your partner is a must as well. Alcohol will usually do the trick. I have two spray bottles, a smaller one for my knives, a larger one for play areas.

Storing Your Knife

When you are not using your knives you need to keep them safe and secure. As a beginner you probably don’t own a secure knife locker or a knife safe, or anything with a lock on it that’s portable.

That’s okay, but there are some things that your storage place needs to be:

DryEven if your knife is stainless steel, moisture is still it’s enemy and even stainless steel can stain in moist environments. If you have a sheath, put it in there. If not, buy a small plastic container that is only for the knife and make sure it’s clean. Add in some of those packets of dehydration crystals that come with pretty much everything. You know, the little packets your kids shouldn’t be eating.

Secure If not for yourself then for your environment, especially with kids or pets, don’t forget that your sharp knife is likely to cut anyone who is not qualified to handle it safely. Put it behind a lock so it’s safe. You can only retrieve your knife purposefully. And well, the ritual of “unlocking” your knife is a lot of fun too. Try it, you will find out.

Clean Well yes, we covered the whole hygiene bit previously – wouldn’t you be silly storing your very clean knife play knife somewhere dirty?

Types of Blades for Knife Play

Stiletto / Switchblade

A stiletto is spring-loaded, meaning it springs open and locks in the open position when you push a button or pull on a latch. These knives are usually also double edged, making them generally unsuitable for knife play. Unless you are really really really good at what you do.

Lock Back Folding Knives

These knives are usually opened by pulling the blade from the handle, a latch locks the blade back in position. Pushing the latch released the knife blade, enabling you to store it back into it’s own handle. These are the knives I recommend for starting knife players.

Folding Knives

There are plenty of folding knives about, the most famous being the swiss army knife.  These knives do not lock, making it easier to close them using one hand. This also makes the completely unsuitable for knife play as it can cause the knife to close down on the wielders fingers. You will be surprised how easy it is to lob of a piece of your own finger with a sharp knife.

Fixed Blade Knives

Available in various shapes and sizes, the most famous probably being the bowie knife or a survival knife such as Rambo used. These are suitable for knife play. But make sure there are no serrated edges on them as they are an absolute no-no when knife playing.

Daggers

The most romanticized piece of sharp steel in the world. Although very Romeo and Juliet, if not Agatha Christie, not very suitable for the beginner. A dagger can only be a dagger if it is a double edged blade. Remember, we are playing with knives not starting a new episode of “Murder she wrote.”

So if you are getting started with knife play, I would recommend you start with a lock back folding knife. Make sure you keep them clean and secure. And most importantly, remember to communicate with your partner before, during and after play to ensure you are engaging in consensual BDSM play.

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