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Anti-slash clothing

  • 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.


  • 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

  • BLADERUNNER Registers Huge Increase in Online Visitors

    After the horrendous terrorist attacks both on Westminster Bridge and, more particularly, in Borough Market on the 3rd of June 2017 we noticed a huge spike in online enquiries for our anti-slash and cut-proof clothing.

    We were very keen not to be seen to be profiting out of these awful events which is why, for the month of June, we reserved 15% of our nett sales which will go to the UK Solidarity Fund run by the Red Cross.

    Nevertheless, it is clear, because of the nature of recent attacks, people are generally more aware of security issues. The enquiries we have been getting, in the main, have not been for bullet-proof or fully stab-proof clothing, which, to be quite honest, is rather cumbersome and not practical to wear on a daily basis but for Kevlar lined anti-cut and anti-slash clothing which offers various levels of protection (Depending on which item you choose) and which is much more practical for daily street wear. Continue reading

  • Anti-Cut Scarves will be big winners this Winter

    Coming out of the Summer season our thoughts now turn to Autumn and Winter and what will be the big sellers this year.

    For the 1st time we are able to offer what we think is going to be one of the most essential, and adaptable, personal protection product to hit the security personnel market for years. The anti-cut scarf is clever because it is so adaptable. If you wear it like a normal scarf it obviously protects your neck. What we have also done is put inserts for your hands at each end of the scarf so that you can slip your hand in to it and use it as a anti-cut glove should you need to grab the blade of a knife.

    Anti-slash clothing has increased in popularity over recent years because of the publicity surrounding so many knife attacks that have become such a regular occurrence. Not only will the scarf protect your neck and hands but it can also be wrapped around your arms and wrists and even your face.

    We have 2 different models available, the anti-slash scarf with Kevlar lining which offers EN388 Blade-cut resistance of level 3, tear resistance at level 2 and puncture resistance at level 2. At a price of only £66.00 including VAT this is a very affordable, and essential piece of extra protection.

    We are also offering the anti-slash scarf with Dyneema lining which offers EN388 blade-cut resistance of level 5, anti-tear resistance of level 4 and puncture resistance of level 4. The Dyneema-lined anti-cut scarf is available for £78.00 including VAT.hands

    Both of these anti-cut, blade-resistant scarves are really lovely, and comfortable, to wear offering soft warmth during the Winter months.

  • How Anti-Slash Clothing Is Tested

    Do the clothing really protect against blade cut?

    Not only does our anti-slash clothing protect you against blade cut but some of our clothing even protects you against abrasion, tear and puncture.

    Have your products been tested?

    Yes. Our products are tested in accordance with EN388:2003.

    What is EN388:2003?

    EN388: 2003 is a European standard that assesses the performance of fabrics of layers of fabric for their ability to resist heavy rubbing, cutting by a blade or sharp object, tearing and puncture by a pointed object.

    What properties are your products tested against?

    Each of our products are tested against some of the 4 properties that include blade cut, abrasion, tear and puncture. Each testing procedure includes separate testing for each of these properties.

    How are they tested?

    EN388, 6.1 – Abrasion resistance

    This test is carried put using a Martindale tester in which a rubbing head covered with a standard abrasive material is moved in a circular motion.

    EN388, 6.2 – Blade cut resistance

    This test involves a circular blade being moved across the material whilst spinning in the opposite direction. As soon as the blade penetrates the material the amount of penetration it has taken is noted and the mean of 5 such tests is given as the result.

    EN388, 6.3 – Tear resistance

    This test involves the material being clamped in the jaws of a strength testing machine. The jaws are moved apart at constant speed and the force needed to tear the material is measured.

    EN388, 6.4 – Puncture resistance

    This test uses a standard, rounded point which is pushed through the material at a fixed speed and the force required for the point to penetrate through the material is measured.

    What happens once they are tested?

    They are then awarded a performance level in accordance to each test result. For example a material with abrasion resistance between 100-500 cycles would be awarded level 1. There are performance levels 1-5 with Level 5 being the strongest. Please note that only the blade cut test can achieve up to level 5 in performance.

    1 2 3 4 5
    Abrasion Resistance - cycles 100 500 2000 8000 -
    Blade Cut Resistance – cut index 1.2 2.5 5.0 10.0 20.0
    Tear Resistance – Newtons 10 25 50 70 -
    Puncture Resistance - Newtons 20 60 100 150 -

    What protection level do your products have?

    Please see below table of the different products we have and up to what level of protection it will give. For example if you was looking for gloves with strong protection levels then the Rhino gloves have the highest protection level of 5.

    Product 6.1 Abrasion resistance 6.2 Blade cut resistance 6.3 Tear resistance 6.4 Puncture resistance
    Wrist protection Level 2 Level 4 Level 4 Level 4
    Balaclava - Level 2 - -
    Neck protection (Kevlar) - Level 2 - -
    Neck protection (Spectra) - Level 4 - -
    T-shirts Level 1 Level 2 Level 2 Level 2
    Hoodies - Level 2 - Level 2
    Long johns - Level 2 Level 3 -
    Windjammer jacket - Level 2 - -
    Spectra jumper Level 2 Level 4 Level 4 Level 4
    Fortis gloves - Level 2 - -
    Leather gloves - Level 2 - -
    Neoprene gloves - Level 2 - -
    Rhino gloves Level 4 Level 5 Level 4 Level 4
    Valour gloves - Level 4 - Level 4
    Scarf (Kevlar) Level 1 Level 3 Level 2 Level 2
    Scarf (Dyneema) Level 1 Level 5 Level 4 Level 4
  • Protective Clothing - What protection should you go for?


    Blade cut protection,  puncture protection,  abrasion protection, tear protection? What protection is best for you?

    If you need any protection at all you need to decide which type suits you and is most appropriate for the threat that you may be facing? The idea of this blog is to present you with a range of options that may best suit your needs. We are able to offer a range of anti-slash protective options which also incorporate anti-tear clothing, anti-abrasion clothing and anti-puncture clothing. Over the years we have learnt from experience how effective anti-slash protection can be and we have therefore developed a comprehensive range to suit most circumstances and the most common scenarios where our products may be of value.

    The first thing to be aware of is that there is a huge difference between anti-slash and stab-proof. We do also offer stab-proof vests but they are much heavier and more cumbersome, however they are designed to protect against a stab (i.e. a thrust with a knife) whereas many of our other products are anti-cut, or anti-slash which, as the name implies, are designed to protect against a vertical or horizontal slashing move.

    All of our cut resistant clothing is lined with either Kevlar, Dyneema or Spectra. The advantage of offering slash-resistant clothing is that while it offers protection (To the levels stated) it is much thinner and less cumbersome and in fact it just looks like ordinary clothing. It is relatively light, thin and very comfortable to wear. Although designed predominantly to provide cut-resistance  the clothing does also offer a level of anti-tear, anti-abrasion and anti-puncture resistance. These other protective elements may come in to play for example, for someone who rides a motorbike and may be at risk of falling at high speed and skidding across the road. For such situations you may choose to go for the Spectra Zip up Sweater that offers Level 2 abrasion protection and Rhino heavy duty gloves that offer up to level 4 abrasion protections. It may even be beneficial to look for something that also includes puncture protection.


    Puncture-proof protection can be used in situations where you may have to search someone or enter unknown territory where you may be at risk of getting punctured by a needle or a sharp object. Puncture-proof gloves are of great value to operatives who have to clear up rubbish in trains and stadiums using their hands, where there is a possibility of a blade or a syringe being discarded and not visible. We have recently developed a new range of puncture resistant gloves, the Valour, that offers puncture protection which is particularly important for our clients who  work in the policing and security sector.  The Valour glove is lined with Dyneema offering Level 4 blade cut resistance throughout the palms and fingers, whilst  the finger tips are lined with puncture and tear resistant  Dupont™ Kevlar® patches.

    Police with sniffer dogs search poeple for drugs entering the summadayze festival at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.  The Age. Photo: Angela Wylie. January 1 2013. Photo: Angela Wylie. January 1 2013.

    Tear-resistance, like puncture-resistance can be an important issue for our clients.  Many professionals from animal welfare, mental health care and security professionals wear tear-resistant clothing to protect them from sharp objects that may have the potential to rip the gloves and penetrate through to your skin.

    Our range of anti-cut clothing includes wrist protection which is used by a number of companies in the glass industry, balaclavas, anti-slash neck protection and Kevlar-lined scarves, Dyneema-lined scarves. We also offer the Windjammer jacket, a smart outdoor weather-proof jacket that can provide you with cut-resistance and tear resistance.

    In conclusion it is best to consider what it is you need protection from before choosing what anti-slash clothing suits you best. You can always call us or email us if you need any advice as to which anti-slash clothing protection may be suitable for you.

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