Steel Warriors, founded by Ben Wintour and Pia Fontes create outdoor calisthenics gym constructed using steel from knives confiscated by London’s Metropolitan Police. The initiative is aimed at reducing the number of young people carrying weapons in the UK. This new outdoor gym alone contains over a tonne of steel elements made using recycled knives.
There were many unknowns during the initial phase of the design process as we were unsure of the mechanical properties that would be achieved from such variable base metal. We also faced issues finding companies in the UK who could form the type of sections needed to construct the gym. Working with Newby Foundry, along with advice from metallurgists, we developed a design that used strategically placed cast knife steel elements. The knife steel was combined with a known stainless steel base material to obtain steel with properties that satisfied the design and durability requirements.
On the day it was great to see the new equipment being put through its paces by Jay Chris, calisthenics world champion and co-founder of Barsparta at the launch.
Steel Warriors are planning to build similar calisthenics parks across the UK. Follow the project here.