THIS FIXED BLADE FEATURES A CO2 CARTRIDGE IN THE HANDLE, AND DELIVERS AN 800PSI BLAST OF COMPRESSED GAS AT THE PUSH OF A BUTTON.
Written by PATRICK MCCARTHY on June 29, 2017
.A knife is a comparatively easy software — a chunk of strong steel (or some different exhausting materials) with a pointy edge and generally a piercing level. Through the years, a number of designers have tried pondering exterior the field to develop knives which can deal extra harm to a selected sort of goal.
CO2 injection weapons have been initially developed by divers as safety in opposition to sharks. They have been as soon as recognized by colourful names like ‘Barf The Magic Dragon,’ and trigger frightful accidents to any animal they’re used in opposition to. When immediately injected with a number of dozen cubic toes of CO2, sharks have been recognized to expel most of their inner organs out their mouths (and different orifices) whereas rocketing to the floor.
These results are just like the results of powerheads or bang sticks, however with out the concussive results of detonating a firearm cartridge underwater.
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WASP INJECTION CO2 KNIFE is presently marketed as a defensive knife for divers, hunters and outdoorsmen. I’m not a diver so I gained’t speculate as to its utility as an anti-shark weapon, aside from to say it appears to be like a hell of loads higher than nothing.
However I’d by no means plan on utilizing any knife in opposition to a bear or mountain lion, except I had nothing else accessible. Bears and cats are loads stronger than us, and may kill or disable a human with a single blow. Until you’re a fearless badass with a gassed and spinning chainsaw, any distance weapon is preferable to any hand-to-hand weapon on the subject of combating wild animals. (I’d depend spears as distance weapons for this objective.)
A number of of those unconventional knife designs have utilized compressed gasoline. Ballistic knives, for instance, have used compressed air or CO2 to fireplace a blade a brief distance from the deal with. Exterior video video games and films, the effectiveness of ballistic knives is doubtful to say the least. However there’s a second sort of knife that makes use of compressed gasoline — the injection knife.
It’s designed to inject high-pressure gasoline right into a wound cavity by a gap within the blade, reasonably than utilizing gasoline to propel the blade ahead. That is mentioned to broaden and freeze the wound, inflicting extra harm to the goal. On Wasp Injection, the knife’s producer states:
“This weapon injects a freezing chilly ball of compressed gasoline, roughly the dimensions of a basketball, at 800psi practically immediately. The results of this injection will drop most of the world’s largest land predators. The results of the compressed gasoline not solely trigger over-inflation throughout ascent when used underwater, but additionally freezes all tissues and organs surrounding the purpose of injection on land or at sea.”
These are some daring claims, however how does the knife’s injection system fare in actuality? Unsurprisingly, there doesn’t look like any video footage of SCUBA divers stabbing sharks with the WASP, however a number of YouTubers have examined the knife on ballistic gel, plastic bottles, and watermelons to indicate how the system works:
One draw back to this knife is that it might probably solely inject CO2 as soon as earlier than the deal with should be unscrewed and a brand new cartridge should be put in. Additionally, it’ll set you again $500 for customary fashions, or $600 for the bigger WASP Bowie mannequin.
So, what do you consider this unconventional injection knife? Inform us your opinion within the feedback under.
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