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Slash-resistant T-shirt keeps knives at bay

Nihon Uni, a Japanese uniform manufacturer, has created a T-shirt that promises to provide stab protection.

If you're going to wear knife-resistant clothes around town, you may as well look sharp doing it (sorry, no more bad puns for the whole rest of this blog). Nihon Uni, a Japanese uniform manufacturer, has created a T-shirt that promises to provide at least some stab protection.

Stab-resistant shirt
Nihon Uni

The cloth is made of a polyethylene fiber that's allegedly equal to aramid fiber used in body armor, according to the Daily Yomiuri. But if the picture to the left is any indication, the shirt's not as sci-fi/armor-ey looking as one might expect. Plus, it's machine-washable.

Nihon Uni, based in Osaka, reportedly came out with the garment in response to a rash of violent crimes against schoolchildren and convenience store clerks. The T-shirt promises to provide superior protection from slashing attacks, but its mesh fabric can be punctured by a sharp point.

The shirt will go on sale in June, with the short-sleeve version starting at about $190 and a long-sleeve T going for $220 and up. Just pair it with a bulletproof backpack, and you should be about ready to hit the mean city streets.