Is this the solution to knife crime? Cutlery firm sells new knives with square tips 'repeatedly tested to ensure they do not pierce skin'
Jan. 15, 2020
A British cutlery company are making new knives with blunt square tips in a bid to reduce knife crime .
Sheffield-based Cultery and kitchenware firm Viners says it decided to come up with the square-ended blade 'in response to rising knife crime statistics and new government legislation'.
Bosses claim their new 'Assure collection' has been repeatedly tested to ensure the products do not pierce skin after a record-breaking 44,000 knife-related crimes were committed across England and Wales last year.
The knives, which cost between £3.99 and £5.99, will be available from this month.
Viners says it is responding to a change in the Offensive Weapon Act 2019, which reclassified kitchen knives as an offensive weapon.
It also cites spiralling levels of knife crime, which saw blade-related offences rise by seven per cent from the previous 12 months last year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The product description reads: 'Created in conjunction with 1,700 UK consumers who were consulted on the proposed new shape, we have designed a highly functional knife which is shaped to reduce and prevent injuries, accidents and fatalities, whilst still offering the same performance expected of a standard kitchen knife.
'With a square shape, similar to that of a Santoku knife, the new Assure collection is made of high quality stainless steel and features ergonomically designed, soft touch handles for the ultimate in comfort with a black non-stick coating on the blade to reduce cutting friction.
'Delivering the same performance as a standard knife to tackle all cooking tasks, the new blade design also gives added peace of mind in the home, helping to reduce unnecessary accidents when preparing food and washing up with no sharp points to cause injury.'
The square-ended knives will be available from Dunelm stores later this week and on the Viners website from February 16.
Last year the Government produced hundreds of thousands of fried chicken boxes with messages designed to deter young people from knife crime.
They were slammed as racist and reductive by several politicians, celebrities and commentators.