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Let’s face it: Knives and other sharp cooking tools can be intimidating to handle, especially if you’re a beginner in the kitchen (and especially if you’ve had an onion-chopping accident in the past that has left you scarred, either physically, emotionally, or both). However, because many recipes require slicing to some degree, it’s probably a good idea to face your culinary fears and find a way to cut ingredients up a little easier and more safely.

Whether you’re a novice, a seasoned home cook, or adapting your kitchen to your motor issue needs, safety is for all skill levels. If you’re looking to boost your confidence in the kitchen and spare yourself a visit to the emergency room, here are five tools to help you slice better and feel more at ease while doing so.