Bolton University professor invents anti-slash vest
Mr Subhash Anand
Mr Subhash Anand, a university professor, who is credited with inventing a revolutionary flexible bullet proof jacket, has once again, brought a new invention to the fore. He has developed a slash-proof vest that looks like normal clothing.
The professor unveiled, what can be called an advanced personal protective garment at a textile seminar, which focused on history and development of the textile industry and then looked at new innovations which are shaping the future of textiles.
The anti-slash vest looks and feels like ordinary thick material and the material is light, flexible and breathable, which means it can be worn for long periods of time, but has the functionality to save the wearer's life.
The vest is made from layers of extremely tough man-made fibres, which include Kevlar and glass, which have the ability to resist slashing actions and the material is also impregnated with anti-microbial agents.
The garment is so tough that its inventors had to cut it with a band saw because ordinary cutters, including lasers, cannot penetrate it and it has also received the Home Office slash testing standard seal of approval along with patenting the design.
It will take only a few months from the time it will be commercially available and can be used by personnel of the police and armed forces. Prof Anand and his team including a businessman have been developing the material for the last three years.
The basic tenet behind developing the anti-slash vest was the rising knife crimes in Britain. The vest is reversible and tests have shown it to be heat resistant. Developing the protective garment over three years has cost around £130,000.
Fibre2fashion News Desk - India