The government can make sure the statistics show an improvement, you can be sure about that, same with the unemployment figures, unemployment goes down, yet we are producing less goods, etc, any economist will tell you that don,t make sense.What they should have to do is prove the new legislation has made a measurable difference to the statistics within a year or be made to repeal the law.
One short article from RM or BG can be more effective than all you guys writing letters to your MP’s.
Specially as they make a pile of cash selling them, so it is in their interest.
My 70+ mum gets rather a kick when she is out shopping from helping out knife-less people when they need to cut things. She has an S30V Spyderco UKPK and enjoys the looks of surprise when she offers it to cut their string or open a package. I do have to watch her though as she MUCH prefers her yellow Mini-Griptilian, and would carry that all the time if she could!
- The general population already sees knives as weapons. They have been buying fewer for years. The folk who are interested in bushcraft are a very small subset of the outdoor market, much less the general population.
- Mr Mears and Grylls are most unlikely to receive a particularly significant portion of their income from knife and tool sales. Yes, Bear has a deal with Gerber, but he has deals with Craghopper, and does TV shows, and books, and goodness knows what else. Ray has an exclusive Spyderco, some high end hand made knives with his name on them, and sells Moras, along with a LOT of other gear, and courses, and books, and TV. Gerber sells knives through outdoor shops here, face to face.
- As DaveO says, if the media wanted to, they could crucify them. That could lose them more business than a few knife sales that are missed because of where they need to be delivered. All the more so since it could be pointed out that they do make money from selling knives, which the media would say means they are biased and have a vested interest.
- The new laws do not make any change to what a police officer can do if he finds you in possession of a sheath knife (and may not make a difference for folders...TBD). If they should make a difference on OHO knives, people who buy high end will still by high end, but a different style.
- If you are found by police to be in possession of a knife, the knife being confiscated is the least of your problems. If you have the reason for it, they should not have any reason to keep it, if you don't, you are looking at court and jail time. I would rather have to explain an expensive, custom or serialised knife than a cheap plastic one.