UK firm creates knives with sq. ideas amid document rise in stabbings

A cutlery firm in England has designed a brand new line of kitchen knives with sq. ideas in an effort to scale back the rising knife crime that has plagued the UK.

The Viners agency, based in Sheffield in 1908, created the “Guarantee” vary of blunt-tipped knives after knife-related crime reached a document excessive in England and Wales final yr.

In Oct. 2019, the BBC reported new figures had proven a 7 % rise in knife crime — a document excessive — within the months from June 2018 to June 2019. The info confirmed offenses involving a knife or sharp instrument elevated from 41,000 to over 44,000 in these 12 months.

“With knife-related crime incidents at a document excessive and a reported 285 fatalities within the final 12 months alone, the UK Authorities has taken the choice to reclassify kitchen knives as an offensive weapon with the brand new Offensive Weapons Act 2019, main some retailers to take away single knives from sale in retail shops,” the corporate mentioned in a information launch.

The agency mentioned in response to the brand new laws, it designed the square-ended knives which can be “formed to scale back and forestall accidents, accidents and fatalities” whereas nonetheless sustaining their performance.

The knives have been “repeatedly examined to make sure the tip doesn’t pierce pores and skin deliberately or in any other case,” Viners told the Independent.

The knives can be found to order on Viners’ web site with costs ranging between $four.55 and $18.87.