British cutlery and kitchenware firm Viners, which was founded in Sheffield in 1901, has designed a new range of knives with square ends.
The knives deliver the same functionality as a standard knife in the kitchen while helping to reduce unnecessary accidents when preparing food and washing up.
Anyone who takes a cursory glance at the news can probably see that knife crime has increased in this country dramatically over the last decade – there were 44,000 recorded instances from June 2018-19 – and nobody seems to be taking any action to try and stop it in terms of the government or the police, so it looks like it’s up to the knife manufacturers themselves.
Viners of Sheffield has decided to take the first step towards this by releasing knives that have a square tip, meaning that the tip won’t be able to pierce the skin intentionally or otherwise.
In August 2019, young people affected by knife crime delivered a letter to Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street addressing the topic. More than 100 people signed the 12-point manifesto, which outlined actions that they believe could be taken to reduce the prevalence of knife crime.
With knife-related crime incidents at a record high and a reported 285 fatalities in the last 12 months alone, the UK government has decided 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 new Assure collection from Viners has been created in response to this new legislation, with the team extensively testing a new shape knife that is highly functional for the modern cook but shaped to reduce and prevent injuries, accidents, and fatalities.
The company says the range, named the “Assure collection,” has been created “in response to rising knife crime statistics and new government legislation.”
The knives will be available from February 16th and will cost either £3.99 or £5.99 for a single knife, with the set costing just £15.99. Hopefully, other knife manufacturers follow their lead and start releasing other knives like this. However, before the release date, the knives can be purchased later this week from home furnishings retailer Dunelm.
Nearly half of fatal London stabbing suspects charged had knife crime records. Of the 379 charged over fatal stabbings from November 2016 to the end of October 2019, 173, or 46%, had already committed a knife offence, Met Police figures show shocker.