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ISSN: 2157-7145

Journal of Forensic Research
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Research Article

A Novel Method for the Analysis of Slash Cuts to Clothing

Esta Bostock, Gareth Michael Burdon Parkes and Graham Williams*

Forensic Biology Group, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK

*Corresponding Author:
Graham Williams
Forensic Biology Group, School of Applied Sciences
University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: August 22, 2013; Accepted date: September 18, 2013; Published date: September 23, 2013

Citation: Bostock E, Burdon Parkes GM, Williams G (2013) A Novel Method for the Analysis of Slash Cuts to Clothing. J Forensic Res 4:197. doi:10.4172/2157-7145.1000197

Copyright: © 2013 Bostock E, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



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.

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