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JOHNSON, A., BINGHAM, G.A. and MAJEWSKI, C.E., 2016. Comparing the penetrative stab performance of the UK HOSDB P1/B and Stanley Tools 1992 trimming blades on certified body armour specimens. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, in press.
This body of research assessed the penetrative stab performance of the United Kingdom Home Office Scientific Development Branch’s (HOSDB) P1/B certified blades against the readily accessible Stanley Tools 1992 trimming blade. All tests were performed against the HOSDB KR1-E1 impact energy of 24 Joules on HOSDB KR1 certified body armour specimens. Results demonstrated that the Stanley 1992 trimming blade posed a 30% greater stab threat in comparison to the HOSDB P1/B blade. This paper demonstrates the threat imposed by readily available utility blades and a requirement to enhance existing body stab resistant body armour test procedures testing procedures.