UK company creates knives with square tips amid record rise in stabbings

From NY Post: A cutlery company in England has designed a new line of kitchen knives with square tips in an effort to reduce the rising knife crime that has plagued the United Kingdom.

The Viners firm, founded in Sheffield in 1908, created the “Assure” range of blunt-tipped knives after knife-related crime reached a record high in England and Wales last year.

In Oct. 2019, the BBC reported new figures had shown a 7 percent rise in knife crime — a record high — in the months from June 2018 to June 2019. The data showed offenses involving a knife or sharp instrument increased from 41,000 to over 44,000 in those 12 months.

“With knife-related crime incidents at a record high and a reported 285 fatalities in the last 12 months alone, the UK Government has taken the decision to reclassify kitchen knives as an offensive weapon with the new Offensive Weapons Act 2019, leading some retailers to remove single knives from sale in retail stores,” the company said in a news release.

The firm said in response to the new legislation, it designed the square-ended knives that are “shaped to reduce and prevent injuries, accidents and fatalities” while still maintaining their functionality.

The knives were “repeatedly tested to ensure the tip does not pierce skin intentionally or otherwise,” Viners told the Independent.

The knives are available to order on Viners’ website with prices ranging between $4.55 and $18.87.

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Dr. Eowyn
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Don’t square-tipped knives still slash and cut?

The only real solution to London’s knife-stabbing epidemic are knives that can’t be used to stab, cut, slash, i.e., knives that are not knives. [Eyeroll]

DaBigragu
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DaBigragu

Exactly. Here in the U.S. we call them a cleaver.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

And wackos still hurt people with cleavers… just see any Friday the 13th movies. (Oh, wait, snowflake liberals will want to make everything but a plastic spoon illegal then.)

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

Sorry, but plastic is enviormently incorrect. What we need is a good rubber knife. (sarc)

Grif
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Yes indeed! We banned all those semiautomatic guns, but that didn’t prevent people fro being murdered. Then we tried banning knives, but that didn’t work either. We’re now going to try blunt knives. And, if that doesn’t stop people from killing other people, we will try the ultimate solution. We’ll ban semiautomatic bricks. What a dip s*it this mayor is! Britain is toast.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

They should make murder and narcotics illegal– that’ll fix things!

Watertender
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Watertender

SPORK ‘EM!!! Mayor Camel Humper is an idiot. Knife laws are like gun laws and will only impact the people inclined to follow them. Criminals do not give a shit.

Grace
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Grace

Spork em, that is funny! 🤣

William
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William

This is getting stupid. Maybe a better solution would be to ban fanatical knife-wielding Mohammedans who are overrunning the UK. They could start with Sad Dick Con. Just a thought

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Doubling-down on stupid. Why not just replace all cutlery with Sporks?

Emily Summer
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Emily Summer

How about garden trowels? Those with no points are called shovels. Where will it end?