A Novel Method for the Analysis of Slash Cuts to Clothing

Esta Bostock, Gareth Parkes, Graham Williams

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Slash attacks form a major element of physical assaults, involving a sharp implement such as a knife. If a slash attack is inflicted onto a surface covered with fabric, such as clothing, then that fabric may receive a slash cut. Investigation of the slash cut can provide further information regarding the nature of the implement and the action of the attack.
This study aims to identify a quantifiable correlation between the nature of the slash cut and the implement causing it. The study also aims to develop a method of categorising the damage, as well as a way of measuring the sharpness of a knife without blunting the blade.
Two new simple techniques were developed and applied to a range of household implements. A quantifiable correlation could be seen between the damage categorisation and the relative sharpness of the implement. The degree of this correlation varied depending on the fabric type.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1000197
Number of pages7
JournalThe International Open Access Journal of Forensic Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2013


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