Fruit knife detention pierces concepts of freedom

Wu Weichun was detained by Henan police for three days because he was found carrying a fruit knife on the street.

The Henan Business Daily reported on Thursday that the man was taken to a police station by an undercover officer after getting off a bus with his friend. The sharp-eyed policeman noticed the man had a small folding knife attached to his keychain. The officer informed him that it was illegal to carry such a knife in public, and by law the man was detained for three days.

Sunday, 24 February, 2013, 1:50am 1 comment

Knifeman attacked children at Henan school unhindered for 30 minutes

The mentally ill man who punched and slashed 23 people - mostly children - in a Henan province primary school on Friday rampaged through the premises for more than half an hour before he was stopped.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:41am

Police shoot, wound knife-wielding Canadian in Tung Chung

A man is taken to hospital after being shot. Photo: SMP

A knife-wielding man was "out of control and threatening to harm himself and others" when a police officer opened fire on him in the early hours of yesterday, hitting him in the thigh, according to a witness.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:10am 6 comments

French knife-making village Laguiole renounces name in brand row

Laguiole is the brand name of France's most famous knives.

Residents of Laguiole, a village synonymous with the manufacture of France's most famous knives, have symbolically "unnamed" the place in protest at losing control of the name.

The villagers are furious that the name Laguiole has passed into the hands of an entrepreneur who allows it to be used to sell made-in-China knives and barbecues.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:27am


Shi Ba Zi S203

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Prise to the challenge with some expert advice

Vincent Man Kong-ming of Cafe Deco has been shucking oysters for 13 years and admits being partial to fines de claire, when the French oysters are in season. He says Australian oysters are good at the moment and offers some advice on shucking them.

16 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A fairy's life-changing encounter

Knife R.J. Anderson Published by Orchard Books ISBN 978 1 40830 312 2

Deep inside a giant, ancient oak tree, a community of fairies is struggling to survive. The Queen has imposed a strict set of rules on her small band of subjects, one of which is never to leave the tree.

31 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Blade runners

He looks more than a little shifty. Unshaven, he is wearing a red hooded top, with the hood pulled over his head despite the heatwave outside, dirty faded jeans and gleaming white trainers. He is also glancing about suspiciously, reeks of alcohol and is clearly having trouble standing up.

19 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

How to choose ... a paring knife

How to choose ... a paring knife

A good, sharp paring knife can handle many cooking tasks, from peeling an apple then removing its core and slicing it, to carving delicate flowers and animals from radishes and carrots.

What is it? Often the smallest knife in a cook's set of tools. The blade is usually about 7cm to 9cm in length.

14 May 2006 - 12:00am

How to choose ... a mandoline

How to choose ... a mandoline No, we're not suggesting you use a misspelled musical instrument in your kitchen.

9 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

cutting edge

A Swiss Army knife without a blade is like a Swiss navy - pointless. But in an attempt to win back loyal customers in a world where nail-clippers are considered a deadly weapon, Victorinox - the official maker of Swiss Army knives - has introduced the Swissmemory.

29 May 2005 - 12:00am

counter tops

How to choose ... knives

In a professional kitchen, a chef is more possessive about his knives than anything else in his tool box. It's something he has chosen carefully, considering brand, weight, size, balance and (if they're honest) how cool it looks.

24 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Pause for thought

Punctuate your dining table with Puiforcat's latest collection of tableware. Aptly named Virgule, meaning 'comma' in French, the solid-silver cutlery marries more than 180 years of craftsmanship with unadorned modern design.

4 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Who wants a slice of the action?

It looks like a fine kitchen knife, but LoDown is not sure that many men would rush out to buy the cut price Zwilling JA Henckels stainless steel blade that seems to have come straight from the set of Fatal Attraction.

But, who knows, maybe the advert targets angry wives and psycho girlfriends.

3 Apr 2004 - 12:00am


1 Onde silver-plated dinner knife, $530, fork, $500, spoon, $500, by Hermes from Exclusivites (122 Prince's Building, Chater Road, Central, tel: 2877 2815).

2 Citterio 98 stainless-steel dinner knife, $90, fork, $80, spoon, $80, by Hackman from Iittala (11/F On Lan Centre, 11 On Lan Street, Central, tel: 2868 2112;

14 Mar 2004 - 12:00am