|Quoting Beaucaire (Thread starter):
Since it is not a handgun,the sale seems more difficult to control,but the effects are quite devastating.German police officials said, the sale would be prohibited in Germany.
In Germany it would be classified as a "Verbotener Gegenstand" (Forbidden Item) as per the Weapons act (Waffengesetz), similar to nun-chakus, brass knuckles, koshes, steel rods, spring actuated snap knives, gravity knives, butterfly knives (Balisong) etc., so that possession itself will be a crime punishable with prison.
Import and mabnufacture would be punishable as well.
The problem is that such weapons will still be reaching the streets, maybe not as cheaply.
I see that this wasp knife can cause really nasty wounds, compliceted by air embolia.
What I find courious is the advertisement, which praisesthe Wasp-Knife as a "self defense weapon against bears and sharks".
First, I think that all A.nutters, who live in bear country rather carry a large calibre handgun, a rifle or a shotgun loaded with buckshot or rifled slugs than such a knife. Wasp-Knife or not, I think the results of getting into a close encounter with a grizzly bear are rather onesided.
Concerning sharks, I have read decades ago about a similar system mounted to a harpoon, which uses a needle to inject CO2 into the fish. Another selfdefense weapon against big sharks is a yard-long stick, with a head containing a 12 gauge shotgun shell, which explodes if it is being pressed against a surface.
Again, these weapons leave the human a little bit of distance.
[Edited 2008-07-29 09:23:12]