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  • New Ultra-thin Stab Resistant Plates - Exclusively from Bladerunner

    Stab-proof vests are a common sight on Police Officers patrolling the streets. Of course they perform a vital role in keeping Police officers and security personnel safe. You only have to look, however, at a Police officer wearing one to see that they are thick, uncomfortable and totally impractical for anyone who wants covert anti-stab protection.

    At Bladerunner we have been aware for some time that there must be a better solution to providing a truly covert stab resistant panel that gives added protection to vital organs. This has become even more important during the course of 2018 when there has been such an increase in knife crime.

    Working with our partners in Israel, a country that is probably more used to knife and gun attacks than anywhere else in the world, we have developed a stab-resistant plate that not only provides knife resistance to 24 Joules, but an item that can be worn under everyday street clothing and is totally covert.

    Our aim was to provide something equivalent to an anti-stab vest that, whilst remaining covert, will meet the requirements of Home Office standard SP1 and KR1 spike and knife protection.

    Stab Resistant Plates
    Anti-Stab Panels
    Stab-Proof Body Armour
    Stab Protection

    Each panel measures 25cms by 30.4cms, is only 4mm’s thick and is lightweight too, weighing only 285g. The panels can be purchased together with a thin nylon carrier which provides slots in which you can place a front and back anti-stab panel. The anti-stab panel carriers are available in Black or in White and have Velcro fastenings so that one size fits all.

    We have had the panels tested by Oregon Ballistic Laboratories in the USA have confirmed that the panels meet with the requirements of Home Office standard KR1 and SP1.

    These stab-resistant panels are a huge leap forward in the development of personal protection.

    Our stab resistant plates are available to buy online now at only £100 + VAT. A small price to pay for truly covert anti-stab protection.

  • A Revolution in protection against a knife attack

    The “Police” glove.

    As if it's not bad enough having to read about the number of innocent people being injured, or even murdered, by knife attacks we are seeing a situation where our brave Police, yes those on the front line who protect the public, are often confronting criminals armed with knives, with their bare hands.

    Yes, we read the figures of how many people are murdered, how many are injured but who reads the statistics for how many are saved from injury by the intervention of our brave Police men and women. Surely it is only right that we give them the right protective equipment to disarm knife wielders in as safe a way as possible. We know that the Police wear anti-stab vests which will protect them if they are stabbed but how are they expected to dis-arm someone carrying a knife without suffering horrible damage to their hands.

    This is a problem that we at Bladerunner have been aware of for some time. Everyone knows that we carry a full range of slash resistant streetwear which includes slash resistant T-shirts, slash resistant hooded tops, Kevlar-lined scarves and so many other anti-slash clothing items.

    Cut resistant gloves have always figured strongly in our range but now we have designed a new anti-slash glove specifically (but not exclusively) for the Police.

    The "Police" gloves that we have designed have undergone a lot of research & development.

    These gloves are lined with Spectra (Manufactured by Honeywell). Spectra is, pound for pound, 15 times stronger than steel, and is cut resistant and stretch resistant. Spectra is one of the worlds’ strongest and lightest fabrics and has been used, for the last 20 years to provide lightweight bullet-proof protection for military and law enforcement body armour.

    The gloves come with a Velcro strap with the word “Police” embossed clearly into it. The thumb and index finger have screen friendly panels so that a touch screen phone or computer can be used without having to take the glove off.

    You can see the “Police” anti-cut gloves being demonstrated below:

    All of our anti-slash and anti-stab clothing is tested by authorised and recognised laboratories. The "Police" cut-resistant gloves were tested by a recognised UK laboratory for compliance with standard EN388: 2003. The results were as follows:

    Abrasion resistance – method 6.1: Level 4
    Blade cut resistance -method 6.2: Level 5
    Tear resistance – method 6.3: Level 4
    Puncture resistance – method 6.4: Level 2

    When considering the above results you should bear in mind that level 5 is the highest level achievable.

    We believe that the new "Police" cut-resistant glove marks a turning point in the protection of our Police, security personnel and anyone else who may be placed in a situation where they have to defend themselves against a knife attack.

    Our latest glove is available to buy online here for only £35 + VAT.

  • What are cut resistant gloves made from?

    Cut resistant gloves can be manufactured from a number of different materials. At Bladerunner, we manufacture and sell anti-cut gloves made from Kevlar (Trademark Dupont), Spectra (Trademark Honeywell) and Dyneema. Each offers slightly different properties, but they all offer cut resistant protection in the event of a knife attack, or if used as protective work gloves.

    Kevlar Gloves

    For many years Kevlar was the "Go to" material for anti-slash gloves but over more recent years other players have come on to the scene thereby giving consumers a wider choice. Kevlar properties offer a combination of high strength, high modulus, toughness, thermal stability and obviously cut resistance. Click here to learn more.

    We are often asked by customers, "Is Kevlar stab proof?". Whichever material you decide to go with it is important to understand that these materials, in the configuration that they are manufactured to provide anti-cut protection, as opposed to anti-stab protection. There is a good, and obvious reason for this. In order to make gloves anti-stab they would have to be so thick, and so rigid, that they would make hand movement almost, if not completely, impossible.

    For many years at Bladerunner, we only supplied Kevlar lined gloves. We still do supply Kevlar gloves. They are comfortable, flexible and in the main provide level 2 anti-cut protection under testing to EN388: 2003. Our Fortis glove is just one example of our superb Kevlar lined gloves. They are lightweight, supersoft and one of the most comfortable gloves in our line of anti-cut gloves.

    Cut Resistant Glove Testing

    At this point we should explain that all of our cut-resistant products are tested, by an independent UK authorised laboratory, to EN388: 2003 which is the relevant European safety testing standard. We have the gloves tested for:

    Abrasion resistance (Using method 6.1)
    Blade cut resistance (Using method 6.2)
    Tear resistance (Using method 6.3)
    Puncture resistance (Using method 6.4)

    Under this testing the gloves can either fail or achieve level 1, level 2, level 3, level 4 or level 5 (The highest rating possible).

    Using this method of testing we have established that within our range our Kevlar lined gloves have achieved a level 2 rating.

    Our Dyneema lined gloves (Valour) have achieved a level 4 rating. Dyneema is a super-strong fibre, up to 15 times strong than steel when compared on a weight for weight basis. The Valour gloves are manufactured using top grade cowhide leather, then lined with Dyneema and cut resistant Kevlar. We have combined the two to ensure that the gloves are not only cut proof, but also have puncture proof finger tips, again with level 4 resistance.

    Cut resistant gloves level 5

    We are proud to say that a number of our gloves have achieved the highest possible cut resistance rating, level 5. Two of our latest cut level 5 gloves are the Coyote and the "Police" glove, both of which are lined with Spectra, which is a highly durable material, whilst also offering excellent dexterity, sensitivity and flexibility. These properties make the gloves highly versatile and perfect for a large range of applications / industries.

    Another cut resistant level 5 glove in our range is the Rhino Duty glove, which also boasts a puncture resistance of level 4 and is often used by staff cleaning up trains and any other area where there is a danger of something like a used syringe, razor blade or any other sharp object being in the debris and often by police carrying out searches.

    Who uses Cut Proof Gloves?

    Our anti-slash gloves are used in wide ranging industries, where hand protection is of paramount importance. Many of our customers are security staff and police officers, for obvious reasons, but we are seeing more and more commercial organisations wanting to protect their staff, such as glazing companies, tree surgeons and butchers. Our steel glove, which also offers level 5 cut resistance is designed predominantly for users who need to keep one hand free to hold a cutting tool whilst holding the item to be cut in the other, steel gloved hand, for example butchers and kitchen staff.

    We hope this short guide will help you to decide which cut resistant glove is right for you, but if you would like to speak to one of our expert sales team, please feel free to contact us here.

  • Surge in knife crime continuing

    The surge in knife crime seems to be continuing unabated. Last Tuesday alone there were 3 knife attacks in 90 minutes and 6 stabbings during that 24 hour period. There have so far been 62 murders recorded by Scotland Yard.

    45 murders in the first quarter of 2018 against 23 in the same period last year. Hardly a day is going by when you do not read something about yet another knife attack.

    No one has come with a definitive answer as to why this is happening but it is fair to say that a lot of these knife attacks are gang related. We at Bladerunner do not buy into the theory that more people are carrying knives to protect themselves against knife attacks being visited upon them.

    What we are finding, here at Bladerunner is that people who are living in areas where they are prone to seeing gang members are buying themselves anti-knife slash gloves or anti-slash T-shirts or hooded tops.

    Think about it. If you are confronted by someone with a knife how are you going to defend yourself? Of course, if the opportunity arises you can run, but that is not usually an option. The best way to defend yourself is by grabbing the blade of the knife, which of course will always result in horrible damage to your hands. The only sensible option is to make sure you have a pair of Bladerunner anti-slash gloves. We have a full range of cut-proof gloves at www.bladerunner.tv. These gloves are knife resistant and would enable you to grab a knife by the blade and either stop it damaging your body and usually will enable you to disarm an attacker.

    You can view our hooded top cut test video below and more videos here.

    We at www.bladerunner.tv have been supplying cut resistant gloves, cut-resistant T-shirts and anti-slash hooded tops for over 15 years. Each of our products have been tested in a UK authorised test house and, if required, we can supply a copy of individual reports.

    We have been developing, and will soon be marketing an anti-stab back and front body panel which will be totally discreet and which is designed to protect vital organs. This will be something that can be worn under your clothing and will help prevent many life threatening injuries from knives.

  • Knife Crime - Getting much worse

    This year the statistics for knife crime are reaching horrendous, but not quite epidemic, proportions. As reported in last week's The Sunday Times* 16 people have been killed in knife attacks in London alone so far this year and we are not yet into March.

    One of the results of the 1996 Dunblane shooting, when 16 children and 1 teacher were murdered, was the tightening of procedures for getting a Firearms certificate or a shotgun license. Shootings in the UK (And Europe) are now relatively rare. Not so the USA where it is so easy to get your hands on a firearm. The bad news is that you don’t need any license to buy a knife and, even if you did, how simple is it to go into any cooking shop and buy a carving knife, or something just as lethal.

    Anti-stab vests are still too thick and uncomfortable to wear but here at Bladerunner we will have a solution to that problem soon. We are constantly looking to develop new and unique protective clothing and we are working on a very covert anti-stab equipment which will be totally discreet and will save lives.

    The article in The Times also pointed out that around a third of knife related deaths so far this year in London were teenagers and 1 in 5 perpetrators of knife crime are under the age of 18. In an attempt to address the issue of knife attacks and protect young people on the street, we have created a range of anti-slash streetwear that is both stylish and safe, providing a level of protection and peace of mind. We know that our anti-slash clothing is not the whole answer but despite this it does save lives.

    Anti-cut gloves, which are comfortable and great looking will also give a potential victim the opportunity to grab a knife being used in an attack by the blade without causing serious damage to the hands. Cut resistant gloves themselves can be a life saver in a potentially life threatening situation.

    And so it goes on the number attacks continues to increase. More parents, brothers and sisters in mourning. A solution does not seem to be near. Perhaps the only option is to ensure that when our teenage children go out they have some measure of protection to help keep them safe.

    *Source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/london-gang-crime-no-one-is-safe-from-knives-in-my-bleak-and-furious-city-66nd2s559

  • Knife crime is increasing - So is cut resistant clothing usage

    Knife crime has been with us for years, nothing new about that, but the government, and Police, have been cracking down on it and have had some success, until last year that is. In the 12 months to June 2017 there were 36,988 knife offences which is a 26% increase over the previous year and the highest since 2011.

    Knife crime is more prevalent in major cities and is often associated with robberies and sexual assault. This is a worrying trend and one of the reasons we are seeing an increase in sales of cut resistant clothing at Bladerunner. Clearly there is a limit to how practical it is for everyone to go around wearing thick and uncomfortable stab-proof vests, however anything that one can wear to reduce the risk of injury from an attack is helpful.

    Our range of anti-slash clothing will go a long way towards preventing injury from a knife. We supply a range of stylish anti-cut clothing, has no appearance of having knife protection and can, in an emergency situation mean the difference between serious injury and surviving unharmed. Incidentally, all of our protective clothing is currently 25% off for a limited period, so it is the perfect time to protect yourself.

    Anti slash clothing has always been a difficult area. If you want it to be stab proof it really cannot be successfully disguised. That is why our range of anti-slash T-shirts and anti-slash hooded tops represent such a perfect halfway house.

    We are also finding that our cut resistant gloves are becoming more and more important in staying safe. These are not only useful to security personnel but to everyone. If you are unfortunate enough to be threatened, or attacked by someone with a knife our anti-slash gloves will at least allow you to grab the knife by the blade without do serious injury to your hands. Knife resistant gloves are becoming more and more popular in the security world, particularly with door personnel at entertainment venues.

  • Keeping cyclists safe with our LED Hi-Vis Safety vest

    Okay, we all agree that cycling is probably the most efficient way of getting from A to B in these car congested, over-polluted days of traffic mayhem.

    That is fine, and always commendable, in the Summer when it is light both early and late which is when most cyclists are making their way to, and from work.

    But in the Winter it’s a different story. It is DARK out there and whatever cyclists can do to make themselves more visible is worth doing. Lights at the back and front of the bike are good. Lights on the helmet are good, but really what you want to do is light yourself up like a Christmas tree. That way you cannot be missed!

    One of the products that we have had huge success with is our LED Hi-Vis Safety vest which is just so important when it comes to keeping a cyclist safe. Not only cyclists we have had orders from a number of local authorities for the LED safety vest in an effort to keep their workers safe when working on roads and motorways at night.

    The LED Safety vest only comes in one size but the Velcro closure allows that one size to work for anyone from size Small to 2XL. This vest is manufactured using 100% Polyester knitted fabric and EN471 standard reflective tape. It incorporates Red LED flashing lights which can be switched to various modes including quick flash, slow flash or stable on mode. The vest weighs only 255 grams and is operated by 2 x AA batteries (Not supplied).

    Visibility from distance is obviously a key feature for both cyclists and outdoor workers. Our LED Hi-Vis Safety vest is visible from up to 1000 metres on a clear night.

    It is amazing how many customers come on to our site to buy anti-slash clothing and also go away with the LED Hi-Vis vest as well. Often they buy it for their children who obviously face extra dangers when cycling at night.

    At only £24.00 (Inc VAT) this is an undeniably important product that will help keep you and your family safe.

  • Stay Safe & Warm this Winter with Bladerunner Anti-Slash Clothing

    Now that Winter is here all those security personnel standing outside clubs, pubs and venues being attended by VIP’s will be standing there in sometimes freezing conditions. Not only do they need to stay warm but, at the same time they need to stay safe whilst still being comfortable.

    Our range of anti-slash clothing is designed to serve all three purposes, safety, warmth and comfort.

    Whilst we also provide anti-stab vests and even bullet-proof vests we find that most of our customers actually prefer the practicality of our anti-slash clothing. It may be something of a compromise but spending hours on the door in freezing conditions is no joke and warmth and comfort figure very highly in their considerations. Of course if you do want to go for a full anti-stab vest or bullet-proof vest we are more than happy to supply.

    The practicality of a Kevlar lined scarf is beyond doubt. It keeps you incredibly warm and if you want to go one step further you can go for the Dyneema lined scarf which offers even greater anti-cut knife protection.

    Anti Slash HoodiesFor extra warmth we find that many of our customers will wear one of our anti-slash hooded tops or Windjammer jackets under their coat. Fully lined with Kevlar they tend to give security personnel that little bit of extra comfort know that they are taking some steps to keep themselves safe.

    Perhaps most important of all are the hands. In a potential knife attack it is so often the hands that take the worst of the damage. At Bladerunner we offer a range of anti-slash gloves that are not only comfortable and warm but also offer the security of knowing that if necessary you can ward off an attack and at the same time limit the damage to your hands.

    We understand that anti-slash clothing does not offer the ultimate protection but what it does do is offer a measure of anti-cut protection built into everyday wearable clothing. That is what we aim to provide at Bladerunner.

  • Security guards across the UK to assist in the fight against terrorism

    Newspapers are today reporting that Counter-terrorism officials want security guards across the UK to assist in the fight against terrorism.

    Clearly someone high up has suddenly realised that there is a vast, untapped, resource that can make a huge difference, not only in the reporting of suspicious activity but, where appropriate, to perhaps counter any attack.

    This is clearly a brilliant idea because an analysis of the most vulnerable places shows that shopping arcades, entertainment venues and tourist attractions are particularly at risk. These are the places where there are most likely to be security personnel on duty and all places where you are more likely to see a security guard than a policeman.

    We understand that some security guards have already had terrorist awareness training and this voluntary initiative to be called "Project Griffin" is likely to be rolled out on a much larger scale in the future.

    Bearing in mind that most of the recent terrorist attacks in the UK have involved knives it is evident that anti-slash clothing whilst not being anti-stab do offer a level of anti-cut protection that can be of great benefit to the wearer.

    Anti-slash gloves will be of particular benefit in a potential knife attack and could allow a security officers to grab a knife in order to protect both himself and the public.

  • Protective Clothing Essentials

    The last thing we would do is recommend that members of the public should tackle anyone threatening with a knife, however if you are a security officer, or employ security staff, it is important to decide what level of protection you or your team need.

    We can offer a full range of bullet-proof and anti-stab protection but we know from experience that it is usually journalists traveling to war zones who need bullet-proof vests. Most security personnel do not really want to wear bullet-proof or stab-proof clothing. Generally bullet-proof and stab-proof clothing is bulky, stiff, rather uncomfortable and certainly not attractive to wear. Continue reading

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