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June 16, 2009, 1:47 pm
Filed under: Civil Rights, Failure, Government, Violence

Damn, this is funny:

First ‘anti-stab’ knife to go on sale in Britain

The first “anti-stab” knife is to go on sale in Britain, designed to work as normal in the kitchen but to be ineffective as a weapon.

The knife has a rounded edge instead of a point and will snag on clothing and skin to make it more difficult to stab someone.

It was invented by industrial designer John Cornock, who was inspired by a documentary in which doctors advocated banning traditional knives.

No, seriously, this is not a joke. Here’s a bit from the company’s website:

In May 2005, my wife Liz watched a BBC TV news feature regarding a report produced by three UK doctors calling for a ban on long pointed kitchen knives. The report, written by Mike Beckett, Emma Hern and Will Glazebrook, cited long kitchen knives as the ‘weapon of choice in a high proportion of serious stabbings.’ The research they carried out in to the justification of a potentially lethal sharp point, led him to one conclusion – a ban was needed on all long pointed kitchen knives.

I wouldn’t advocate a complete ban though their observations made perfect sense – remove the lethal weapons from our kitchen drawers and you will undoubtedly witness a drop in serious knife injuries. However, this raises a pivotal question; what else do we use? Introducing an outright ban would create an immediate knee-jerk reaction, therefore the solution must be more considered.

Being keen home cooks, Liz and I considered how many times we needed a long pointed knife when preparing and serving a meal. After much thought, we realized that in the home, we could see virtually no justification for this type of knife point. Liz then gave me a completely novel idea – why not design a knife point which can be used for everyday cooking but without the dangerous long sharp point?

Wow. I wonder if they’ll outlaw files and sharpening stones, too.

Jim Downey

(Cross posted to UTI.)

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Rome, from which I just returned, has had a spate of knife attacks this spring. The preferred method there is a long slice across the buttocks of an unsuspecting fan of a rival soccer team. Or, in at least one case, random foreigners mistaken for a soccer fan. The pointless knife wouldn’t make any difference in these attacks, thus demonstrating that human creativity will thwart regulation. How many knife attackers will switch to the slice?

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