Bulletproof vests may not be knifeproof

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    Bulletproof vests may not be knifeproof

    Clayton police officer stabbed breaking up fight in Benson

    Benson, N.C. A Johnston County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said Saturday that a Clayton police officer was stabbed while breaking up a fight in Benson Friday night.

    Spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said the fight happened outside a bar called The Tar Pit, at South Wall Street and West Parrish Drive, around 10:30 p.m. The officer was between two people when one pulled out a knife, striking the officer.

    The officer's bulletproof vest blocked most of the blow, but the officer was cut in the chest and arm, Amaon said. The officer was treated at Johnston Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
    http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/8349695/

    And I thought vests would protect from knives as well as bullets.
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    Some do, some don't. Most will protect against a slashing attack but not necessarily a stabbing attack. In this case there is no mention of penetration of the officer's vest. It sounds like the injuries may have occurred on areas not covered by the vest.

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    Absolutely correct - you simply can not rely on soft body armor to protect against stabbing wounds!
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    Especially "tanto" style blades, that design was intended to penetrate the Samurai armor of old Japan, ice picks are also VERY good at penetrating soft armor.

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    There are different catagories of protective vest, and sometimes combinations of the various kinds.

    Bullet, slash, stab, they all require different properties to protect the wearer.

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    UK cops generally wear "stabproof" vests... but of course aren't "armed" with anything more than a radio. Go figure.

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    When I was an LEO, we were warned by vest manufacturers that vests would not stop knife blades. Vests are actually designed to absorb energy, not sharp objects.
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    This was not a concern for much of my career, as we didn't have vests.

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    A hard trauma plate in the vest will offer extra protection against stabs to the heart & surrounding area but, (of course) it's still possible to be stabbed or cut deeply elsewhere and get hurt might bad.
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    Fist, bullets, arrowheads, knives ... each present a different problem and have a far different frontal area than the other tool. Doesn't surprise me that a vest just capable of stopping small-caliber pistol bullets would fail to stop hard-thrust knives.
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    There are some tragic stories about knives going through soft armor vests of police. I also remember seeing a video of a broadhead arrow punching through both sides of a soft vest.

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    Bullet resistant vests resist bullets. Stab resistant vests resist edged weapons. If you are looking to stop both, steel rifle plates will work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoFan View Post
    I also remember seeing a video of a broadhead arrow punching through both sides of a soft vest.
    I can vouch for that.

    A couple of us had an old "flack vest" (when I was younger) and thought we'd use it as a back stop for some bow & arrow target practice. Boy, were we surprised when the first broadhead from a 50# draw weight bow went right through the thing!
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    An early use of broadheads, was specifically to punch through armor

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    Similar to English LEOs, COs are issued knife vests, if anything at all, instead of bullet vests.
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