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    'Knife-Proof Vest' Fails Test on TV; Reporter Wounded

    A reporter from Israel's Channel 1 is seen testing a knife proof vest in this screengrab from Twitter.
    A reporter from Israel's Channel 1 is seen testing a knife proof vest in this screengrab from Twitter.
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    A test of a vest intended to protect people from knife attacks went horribly wrong on Israeli television when the vest failed to stop a mock attacker's blade, which went into the back of a reporter wearing the garment.

    An Israeli company that also makes bulletproof vests was demonstrating its new "anti-stabbing" product on a news program. Reporter Eitam Lachover of Channel 1 decided to don the vest himself and let a company representative try to plunge a knife into him.

    The knife penetrated the vest but Lachover said his injuries were not serious.

    "Superficial stab, some stitches and was released back home," he tweeted in Hebrew. "Thanks to everyone who expressed concern!"

    Avi Blum, the CEO of FMS Enterprises said some of the protective material in the vest had “moved a little bit down” because it was not sewn in place. Despite the embarrassing incident, Blum said, the vest will be on sale to the public soon.

    He expects the vest will be popular, since knife attacks have sharply increased in Israel during the past several months. In most cases the violence is between Israelis and Palestinians.

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    by: Mark from: Virginia
    January 07, 2016 2:10 PM
    I have to say this, and its something that I have noticed for a very long time..... bullet proof vests, now knife proof vests, all protect the central body area, the 'vitals' in the chest and abdomen, but there is nothing to protect the throat and head of the wearer. Sure, as a former Marine, I understand the concept of aiming for 'center mass' ie, the largest target area on the body (chest and abdomen region), but any skilled shooter should be able to target the head, where a single shot will be fatal. And if anyone is going to attack with a knife, why not go for the soft tissue of the throat?
    If anyone is determined to end another person's life with a bullet (or a knife), they more than likely will put themselves in a position for a killing blow regardless of what 'proof vest' the target is wearing, they only want to make the hit a sure kill, and that means the head and/or soft tissue of the neck and throat.

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