How to hold a carving knife? Contents Overview Instruction video Do's Dont's See also ℹ️ Overview Soap carving, like other activities involving sharp tools, is relatively dangerous. Injuries can be avoided if the knife is hold properly. Here are some tips for exacto knife holding before you use it. It's very important and helpful! 🎞️ Instruction video Note: instructions on how to hold the knife safely are shown from 4:51 to 5:39. ✔️ Do's Hold the knife with the thumb and the index finger. Support the blade with the middle finger. Put the ring finger or little finger on the soap so your knife does not accidentally slip. ❌ Dont's Don't hold the place where you will cut. The ring finger or little finger is away from the soap.