The knives generally fall into one of two categories: switchblades and gravity knives. On a switchblade, the blade pops out at the simple flip of a switch; with gravity knives, the blades come out by a simple flick of the wrist. Carrying either of those kinds of knives is a crime under New York State law, prosecutors said. A spokesman for Home Depot, Stephen Holmes, said the company did not know that the knives were illegal in New York. As soon as prosecutors contacted the company, it immediately removed the knives from its two Manhattan stores and is removing them from all locations in the state, the spokesman said.
â€œThese are common knives,â€ Mr. Holmes said, adding that contractors and homeowners often used them â€œfor various home-improvement projects.â€
â€œWe simply didnâ€™t know that they were being used for any other purpose,â€ he said.
They weren’t being used for any other purpose, and Home Depot isn’t selling switchblades. This is a case of New York City’s District AttorneyÂ CyrusÂ Vance Jr. being a hysterical ninny.Â These people have completely lost their minds. You’re trying to regulate sharp pointy things! Think about it man!
UPDATE: Holy crap. Watch the video. To demonstrate the knives are dangerous, they show one salesman saying “I’ve almost taken my fingers off with those!” Knives can be dangerous. Who knew?!? I’d hate to think how a New York Times investigative reporter would deal with being sent to culinary school. Just think of how dangerous that must be?