Over the last year, HTS have been working with Benedict Wintour and Pia Fonte to reconstruct confiscated knives into a new calisthenic street gym.
The initiative is tackling London’s knife crime head-on by using knives that have been surrendered and are set for destruction to create active spaces for young people. We have been involved since the outset, speaking to calisthenics users and local councils to ensure a safe, low-maintenance and effective arrangement of equipment, in line with British Standards and in a way best to portray the Steel Warriors brand.
We have been working with Newbury Foundry, Alloy Fabweld & Rebel Strength to melt over a tonne of steel and fabricate the equipment which will be used to provide young people with free training, in addition to mentorship hosted by ex-offenders.
Other key tasks have included liaising with metallurgists and forges to explore material properties / composition, finding the safest structural arrangement with the available knife steel, structural analysis of the frames under various loading conditions and introducing the team to industry partners.