The headline is ANOTHER TEENAGER STABBED IN LONDON. Knife crime is becoming an increasing problem in our big cities. Knife amnesties have turned up thousands but still it continues. The Prime Minister announces that 16 year-olds found in possession of a knife will be prosecuted with the full weight of the law.
When I was 16 every boy had a scout knife with a large steel spike for removing debris from horses' hooves. It would have made a killing weapon had we been so inclined. My children had Swiss-Army knives with 17 blades including scissors, screwdrivers and toothpicks. I still have a pearl-handles pen knife that I inherited from my father-in-law.
However, the commonest weapon in these stabbings is a kitchen knife. We all need knives in our kitchens, so it is hard to see how these can be restricted. Then I saw a suggestion that kitchen knives don't really need a point. You couldn't really stab someone with a bread knife. We have several kitchen knives with sharp points. I asked my wife whether she really needed them and probably she doesn't. A TV chef suggests that you need the point for filleting fish, but whoever fillets fish these days. We buy fish already filleted.
So, how about a redesign for kitchen knives, removing the point?
I suppose we would then have an outbreak of stabbings with screwdrivers and meat skewers.