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December 27, 2012

When kitchen knives are outlawed only outlaws will have kitchens.

Doctors say knives are too pointed. UK Doctors' kitchen knives ban callA&E doctors are calling for a ban on long pointed kitchen knives to reduce deaths from stabbing....

The researchers said there was no reason for long pointed knives to be publicly available at all. They consulted 10 top chefs from around the UK, and found such knives have little practical value in the kitchen.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 27, 2012 6:08 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Next they'll be shortening your d__k so you can't commit rape.

Posted by: RKV at December 27, 2012 7:37 PM

The UK really is a nanny state nightmare - but they are only about three decades further down that road than we are, but our left really is trying their best to catch up.

A female friend of mine in the UK lives alone in Kent. She complained to me about how her neighborhood is declining and how she feels less and less safe walking about at night. When I asked her whether she could get a pistol, she laughed at me. When I asked about a taser, she laughed harder. When I asked about mace or pepper spray, she said the police would lock her up longer for using it than they would the rapist she used it on. It turns out she had asked the police what she could use for her personal safety.

They gave her a whistle.

Posted by: GW at December 27, 2012 8:37 PM

This is parody, right?

Posted by: Dave at December 28, 2012 5:27 AM

Ahhhh yes, the rape whistle. Handed out on school campi here. It works, if you wish to be raped, blow the whistle.

Posted by: Peccable at December 28, 2012 5:28 AM

Yes, ban pointy knives. Brilliant! It works so well in prison, after all...

Posted by: Julie at December 28, 2012 6:08 AM

Piano wire next. Ban all pianos! The people don't need pianos!

Posted by: Terry Kirkpatrick at December 28, 2012 7:52 AM

I always carry a cleaver. I suggest the gal from Kent with the hairy handed gent get herself a can of wasp spray... The kind that shoots twenty feet in a stream. Pesky things, wasps.

Posted by: Casca at December 28, 2012 9:32 AM

That's idiotic, I use the point of the knife often in the kitchen. They probably didn't ask the chef if the point of a knife had any value, they probably asked how often they use it.

The problem here is that far too many people think that if only we have the right rules and regulations then bad things will mysteriously stop happening.

It all boils down to who your god is. The person you pray to and appeal to when things go bad, the one you think will fix everything, that's your god. For folks like this, its government.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at December 28, 2012 9:58 AM

My santoku doesn't have a sharp point, but its edge is as sharp as a razor. You would want to tangle with it.

The real question is what are they going to do with the splodydopes down at the Finsbury mosque.

I didn't think so either.

Posted by: Fat Man at December 28, 2012 12:23 PM

Even in the UK this proposal from several years ago went nowhere.

The docs, of course, indirectly exempted their scalpels by saying they wanted to ban "long" knives (tableware steak-knife length or longer) not "short" ones (their scalpels, some chef's specialised boning knives?) without defining either "long" or "short." I know in many places, including where I live, buying a set of steak-knives at the supermarket makes you a felon since the blades exceed three inches...

Posted by: John A at December 28, 2012 8:50 PM

Someday, after all (ostensibly dangerous) objects in (supposedly civilized) society are banned, governments will probably mandate amputation of peoples' hands so that fisticuffs and choking deaths can be mitigated.

Hey, let's pass some more laws, y'all.

Posted by: dhmosquito at December 29, 2012 7:12 AM

The girl in Kent can stop being helpless for starters. Girls have purses. Handy things for carrying. CO2 sirens are small and horribly shrill, bad guys hate noise and attention. Wasp spray is nasty stuff, and it has a terrific range. Carry a flare, or two. Insert in face while lit.

Posted by: james wilson at December 29, 2012 12:01 PM

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