Here’s a very informative article about knives. You should read it. It’s got some nice gory bits, and isn’t all that practical, but has a sense of humor, even: How to Wield a Knife - The Atlantic Food Channel.
No matter how much care you take, if you spend lots of time cutting meat you will cut yourself severely at some time or another. Often you will do so just when your first aid kit has hit bottom. No matter! If you have paper towels and plastic wrap handy, you have all the necessary first aid to get you to a hospital, or, less desirable, to the end of your shift. Simply wash the cut to remove any parts that don’t belong to you and then wrap quickly with paper towels and plastic wrap, tightly if the cut is bad and you’re on the way to the hospital, and less snug to make it through your shift without your injured extremity falling asleep.
Now off we go to watch some youtubes about using a sharpening steel!