As David and I were wrapping up our Saturday at BLADE Show last weekend, the jihadi van and knife attack was unfolding in London. Now, the Metropolitan Police have released photos of the knife used by one of the attackers – a pink ceramic chefs knife. Authorities are now looking for the source of the unusual knives.
From Daily Mail:
Bound with black tape, the 12-inch weapons which helped kill and maim revellers last Saturday were ceramic, possibly so the murderers could avoid metal detectors, police believe.
Each of the men carried an identical blade as they inflicted the outrage on Borough Market.
Material tethered to one hilt is shown saturated with blood and was apparently designed so killer Khuram Butt could strap it to his wrist, commander Dean Haydon said…
…“We’ve been working round the clock to understand what these men did in the lead-up to the attack but we need to know more about these unusual knives.
“Where have they come from? Where might the attackers have bought them from? If you know anything about these particular types of knives, please let us know – it could prove a crucial lead in our investigation.”
He said: “There were three identical knives – each attacker had one of those in their hand, wrapped with some kind of leather binding. The leather binding actually went around the attackers’ wrist so in essence it was almost strapped to their wrist.
Apparently the attackers didn’t follow the instructions from the ISIS infographic, which advised against using kitchen knives in attacks due to their relative fragility. And that is referring to steel knives, not ceramic which is more fragile still.
The reason that they use pigs for testing on Forged in Fire is that they are a reasonable analog for human tissue. We have all seen the damage that can be caused to blades from contact with bone. You can clearly see the chipping in the photo of one of the blades. Whether it was from bone contact or incidental damage, it is clear that the durability of the relatively common and low-end knives exceeded.
That said, seven people still died, and scores were injured, though I have not seen a breakdown of car vs. knife. I doubt if the deceased care much about which weaponized tool killed them.