When ballistic protection became available to police in the form of bulletproof vests, body armor became the priority in personal protection for post WWII-era law enforcement- particularly federal agents actively dealing with gangsters and outlaws running illegal contraband across the country. It soon developed into lighter weight, thin, protection vests that included stab resistance for those who required both ballistic, spike, and edged-weapons protection.
Stab resistant materials were first introduced to protection vest products wearers because officers working in local jails, prisons, or juvenile correctional facilities were being assaulted with “home-made” knives and sharp spike weapons. The early body armor vests that were made available were bulky and heavy, and with the addition of stab resistant materials, the vests became even more heavy and cumbersome to effectively wear on the job. Still, corrections officers who refused to wear such heavy stab vests needed an alternative for stab protection, and these were the only options on offer at the time. Thus, the search for the best resistant vests began, and the race for one that would offer the user free range of movement, with the best protection possible, without being too cumbersome began.
As a result of even heavier bullet resistant vests, companies started offering Stab Vests with edged weapon protection only. Having dedicated gear that was only designed to resist slash, puncture, or stab protection allowed for armor that was comfortable to wear again and featured lightweight stab proof cloth-like materials including DuPont Kevlar and Dyneema Spectra aramids. During this period of the stabbing vest, inmate/prisoners saw their jailers wearing this new armor and created stab proof clothing amongst themselves in order to survive rival prison gang assaults- their stab proof creations were made of only the products and material available to them, heavy denim materials from the prison clothing factory, and to this day, inmates continue to make their own stab proof clothing .
There are basically two ways to acquire stab proof vests, if one wants to wear it to fit their job description, or for personal stab/spike protection for whatever reason you find yourself needing it; you can either have it issued to you by your employer if your job has you in a high threat environment where stab proof vests are necessary, or you would need to buy a stab/spike resistant item either direct from the manufacturer, or a uniform store. They are made all over the world, and the laws vary on who can own them, but if you search around you may be able to find a store that sells them locally, if not, online shopping is your best bet in aiding with your search. High on the list of companies you should consider would be ACE LINK ARMOR, and if you subscribe to their newsletter, there are plenty of stab resistant vests and other tactical gear that will aid you, and help bring you search to an end.
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