Friday, May 27, 2005

It's About Time!!!

This from the NYT:
British Medical Experts Campaign for Long, Pointy Knife Control

Warning: Long, pointy knives may be hazardous to your health.

The authors of an editorial in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal have called for knife reform. The editorial, "Reducing knife crime: We need to ban the sale of long, pointed kitchen knives," notes that the knives are being used to stab people as well as roasts and the odd tin of Spam.

The authors of the essay - Drs. Emma Hern, Will Glazebrook and Mike Beckett of the West Middlesex University Hospital in London - called for laws requiring knife manufacturers to redesign their wares with rounded, blunt tips.
Yep, you can't make this stuff up. Here's my favorite part of the story, though:
The authors of the editorial argued that the pointed tip is a vestigial feature from less mannered ages, when people used it to spear meat. They said that they interviewed 10 chefs in England, and that "none gave a reason why the long, pointed knife was essential," though short, pointed knives were useful.
So, I figure this spells a brutal end to Iron Chef England, where no doubt last week's secret ingrediant was sheep's kidneys.

Those pathetic wankers!


Anonymous said...

Wasn't this also the origin of the rounded dinner knife? That is, some king saw too many stabbings at the table, and mandated that forks and knives be provided, and those knife would have rounded ends. And, that everyones everyday daggers (which everyone carried for everything), were banned?

Or am I thinking of the origin of the sport of fencing?
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Anonymous said...

I've heard of that rounded knife story, too. Only problem is, those rounded knives tend to cut like shit. We're all given steak knives anyway. Let's just hope they don't classify serrated knives as assault weapons. :)

Anonymous said...

Isn't this why we broke away from England in the first place???