Yep, I've never so much as nicked a boot with a running saw--a moving chain has never touched me in almost 50 yrs of cutting. However, have drawn plenty of blood in small cuts when sharpening. Every damn time I say, next time use gloves. But how ya gonna handle that file with gloves on?Depends on how it’s done, been drop starting for longer than most on here have been alive, never once been injured by a running saw. Only cuts I’ve received have been during sharpening.