Silvan pulls multi-function tools after they fail single-hand test

May 20th, 2015

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Court ruling on one-handed knives has home improvement companies on the defensive

Silvan has pulled two knives from its shelves (photo: Silvan)

Home improvement company Silvan has decided to remove two types of multi-function tool from its shelves.

A verdict on Monday convicting a storeowner on Funen of selling illegal knives has other stores checking their stock.

READ MORE: Shop owner fined for selling illegal knives

The storeowner did not realise that the knives were illegal under Danish law because they could be opened with one hand.

“We are pulling two types of tools because it only takes one hand to open the knife,” Henrik Kjeldsen, the purchasing head at Silvan, told DR Nyheder.

One knife remains
Kjeldsen said that four employees tested three types of multi-function tool for sale in the chain’s 40 stores.

Two of the employees found  that they could open, with some difficulty, two of the knives with one hand. Silvan decided to pull the products and send them back to the suppliers. The third knife is still available.


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