The truth about stab proof clothing

Everybody knows that there exists bullet proof vests, but why does not everybody know that there exists stab proof and slash resistant clothing?

The concept of slash resistant and stab proof clothing is rather new, but significant developments in anti-stabbing clothing have been made by VBR-Belgium and Torskin from Sioen Armour.

Is there a difference between stab proof and bulletproof clothing, yes there is, Bullet proof clothing is meant to stop energy of bullets and stab resistant armour is meant to catch and entangle the blade or spick. However, the times that bullet proof vest where only intend to stop bullets is already fare behind this curent time. 

Modern stab and bullet proof vest NIJ-3A

Since terrorists consider blades as a secondary and real weapon, technical demands for body armour is extend to stop bullets, stop blades and spikes and to stop some degree of grenade fragments.  In the most cases a flexible high quality stab proof vest is more expensive than a bulletproof vests. The reason is that both use the same basic materials as Kevlar, Dyneema or Twaron, but in order to stop knifes or spikes, the basic material needs extra treatment to have a grip and stop these knives or spikes. 

Of course not all stab proof vest are made the same way, several construction methods exists to stop a knife, going from expensive aramid fibers to plastic, aluminum and stainless steel plates.

Can they be interchangeable? NO ! certainly not the cheap stab proof vest, however stab and bulletproof vest do exists.

The real question is, what are you going to face in the street?

It is obvious that in a pro-firearm society like the Unites States, the chance to be killed by firearms is significant bigger than the chance to get killed by a knife. In the year 2016 in the United States, it was almost 7 times more likely to get killed by a firearm than a knife. It is obvious in such cases there is more public interests in bullet proof clothing then in stab proof clothing. So the issue, especially in the US, is firearms, not knives. In the opposite, firearm advocate referring that bullets kill and knives causing only cut wounds is at least misleading for the rest of the world.

If you compare the fatal stabbings in the UK , or in another European city which have strict gun laws, the change to be killed by a knife is significant higher. In London this yearn 2019,  twenty-one teens have been killed in the capital this year, 19 of them whom were fatally stabbed. This means that in London there is 6 times more chance to get stabbed by a knife then been shot by a firearm!

These means that knife crime is regional and connected to arias of strict gun legislations. However the alarming rise in knife crime does not seem to warn the citizens to protect themselves more against this knife crime. In the opposite, to carry a knife is the most coming habit and unexperienced knife fighters causing rather slash wounds than fatal stab wounds. The fact that stab proof and slash resistant clothing is quite expensive discourage  most men to invest in personal protection. Not to mention of the women’s mentality that spending 2000 Euro on a Gucci dress is more acceptable than spending 600 Euro on an stab proof protective clothing.

Stab proof Combat Alpha tank top multi-layer cut resistant fabric from VBR-Belgium

Fact is that the western high tech society is not ready to accept the threat of the low tech edged weapons. Several companies presenting different types of stab proof and slash resistant clothing which really can make the difference and save lives.

The slash resistant t shirt from VBR-Belgium and the cut resistant Torskin T-shirt can contain stab and bullet proof packets or typical stab proof packets, which increases the protection against fatality stabbings. 

Protection against edged weapons in knife crime infested arias,  must first causing a mentality change in the wearing of slash resistant and stab proof clothing. The purchase of protective clothing against knife attacks must happen gradually by replacing the traditional clothing by slash resistant and stab proof clothing. In many cases, the combination of very comfortable to wear slash resistant clothing as a cut resistant T-shirt, a cut resistant sweater and a cut resistant raincoat, will provide a comfortable to wear general stab resistant protection against the most knife attacks.

Popular in London VBR-Belgium gray slash proof T-shirt and cut resistant boxer short
Cut resistant raincoat with stab proof Bravo sweater VBR-Belgium
Cut resistant raincoat with stab proof Bravo sweater VBR-Belgium
Cheap Kevlar slash resistant T shirt with black cotton top layer. Price £ 80.10
Thin single layer Kevlar summer t shirt slash and fire resistant. Price £ 130.90
Level 5 slash proof T-shirt with back cotton top layer and polyester mesh inner layer.... Price £ 159.39
Slash resistant t shirt with long sleeves back cotton top layer and polyester mesh inner layer.... Price £ 203.02
Cutyarn level 5 gray slash resistant t shirt with soft Coolmax mesh inner layer. Price £ 159.39
Level 5 slash proof T-shirt with white Coolmax top layer and soft Coolmax mesh inner layer..... Price £ 204.80
Slash resistant Bravo sweater with double layer sleeves and cut resistant detachable turtleneck. Price £ 487.08

Slash proof clothing does not limit his self to black and white only, also cut resistant clothing in other colors are possible, think on red  for Christmas or for sport events.   

Level 5 slash proof T-shirt with red Jersey top layer and soft Coolmax mesh inner layer..... Price £ 146.92
Red water repellent Cordura jacket with a cut resistant liner… Price £ 342.82
Black water repellent Cordura jacket with a cut resistant liner… Price £ 342.82
Black Cut resistant leather vast. Last pieces!!! Price only £ 444.33
Stab proof Combat Alpha tank top multi-layer cut resistant fabric. Price £ 572.56
Stab proof Bravo Full Protection. Multi-layer sweater with double layer sleeves and stab resistant detachable turtleneck............ Price £ 933.19
Navy bleu stab proof and cut resistant sweater with inner front and back pocket. Price £ 622.42
Multi-functional stab and bullet proof panels 250x300mm NIJ-3A(04)+15J. used in T-shirts, plate carriers, back packs, ...... Price £ 155.83
Cut resistant boxer short with soft inner layer. Price £ 171.86
Double Kevlar cut resistant and fire resistant black turtleneck Neckface-Pro. Price £ 97.95
Black cut resistant cargo pants. Price £ 320.56
Slash and stab resistant scarf 20x150cm. Price £ 192.34
Torskin gray stab proof T-shirt 36j. long sleeves Price £ 380.22

Author: Rik Van Bruaene

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