Hunters Knives received and email yesterday from Daniel Wainwright, a journalist from the Express and Star newspaper, in his email Daniel asks:
I see you sell Zombie Hunter machetes on your website.
There are campaigners against knife crime in the West Midlands calling for them to be banned.
Would you be able to explain why people purchase these knives and what their practical use is? It is argued that they are intended for nothing more than to threaten or even to kill.
And it is suggested that the wording of the adverts, while light hearted, is glorifying the possession of dangerous weapons. Would you have anything to say in response?
Promptly we responded to Daniels email…
Good afternoon Daniel,
Thank you for your email.
Reasons leading to the purchase of bladed hardware by our customers are often varied. Hunters Knives have a large customer base which includes collectors, adventurers, hunters, trade professionals, military personnel and bushcrafters. We sell our products to theatre groups, television companies, expedition parties and corporations who require bladed implements for staff use and props.
Machetes represent a very small percentage of Hunters Knives sales with the vast majority of these purchases tend to be made by males aged over 40 who are looking for a tool for a specific gardening task. The zombie machete you refer to in your email is popular with collectors of zombie paraphernalia and as such the target market is very limited.
Having recently used a machete to tame the pampas grass in my own garden I would suggest that individuals who “argue that machetes are intended for nothing more than to threat or even kill” couldn’t be further from the truth.
As one of the UK’s largest retailers of bladed goods we take our responsibilities very seriously. Hunters Knives cannot condone any behaviour that involves carrying knives or bladed items in public and fully support the law in this respect.
Hunters Knives share the concerns of campaigners against knife crime however statistically it has been proven that nearly all knife crimes are made using kitchen knives therefore a ban would simply fail to achieve any of it’s objectives.
If we are able to assist you further Daniel please do not hesitate to ask.
We await Daniel’s article with interest. We are sure that Daniel isn’t going to provide his papers readers with sloppy journalism and will go the extra mile to provide his readers with a remarkable article that provides his readers with a facts regarding knife crime rather than, like the majority or journalists, just palms us off with a regurgitated story intent on shocking his readers.
When Daniel’s email came through it was briefly discussed by our staff members. One staff member was curious and wondered out loud if journalists ever contact high street stores like Debenhams, John Lewis, Argos and Amazon or Ebay with these types of questions. They and other stores like them sell kitchen knives to members of the public on a daily basis, and with the majority of knife crimes involving kitchen knives if they think they should be banned.
Obviously Daniel’s focus was on the zombie machete and these types of stores do not sell machetes, granted, but are we realistically that foolish to think if they are banned these sort of crimes would just stop! We don’t think so, the more likely outcome is that these ‘Morons’, yes we think they are morons even though that’s probably not politically correct, would simply choose another type of implement to use as a weapon.
Hypothetically, lets consider how a seemingly everyday item may be turned in to an offensive weapon. During my own childhood my father, a carpenter, taught me what his tools were and how to use them. Growing up surrounded by all these dangerous tools, jigsaws, circular saws, drills, chisels and knives my father pointed out that the most dangerous tool in his possession were his hand saws which in his own words “will tear through skin and bone with ease”. My father considered a saw more dangerous than a sword or any knife explaining that the damage it can inflict is far more substantial something he proved when topping off his thumb on the 007 stage at Pinewood studios.
It’s disappointing to see that we have adopted a blinkered vision to tackling problems in our country. Calling for a ban on things we don’t know how to deal with only serves to satisfy the ignorant. As with any problem the majority of people are good law abiding citizens but unfortunately the ‘Moron’ minority seem to effortlessly ruin it for the majority.