The average American probably doesn’t know this, but there’s a huge problem with knife-crime in the UK. (That’s what happens when guns are so hard to get a hold of, knives everywhere.) Sports stars try to tell people to knocks it off; so does the prime minister but no one cares what he says anymore. Which brings us to today’s news: the very first “anti-stab” knife. That is, a knife that’ll do the job in the kitchen, but can’t really be used to stab someone.
How does it work?
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.
But as the inventor, a gentleman from Swindon—go, Swindon Town!—says, no knife can ever truly be “stab-proof”:
It can never be a totally safe knife, but the idea is you can’t inflict a fatal wound. Nobody could just grab one out of the kitchen drawer and kill someone.
It’s also £40, which, I think, is a tad expensive for a kitchen knife.
Also, the comments on the Times Web site are truly disheartening: “This invention is stupid die die die.” Calm down, sirs.