Shocking Winnipeg Invention Transforms Defence Training for Law Enforcement Officers, Soldiers

    Training Knife Wins Inventor a Manning Innovation Award

    CALGARY, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Jeff Quail of Shocknife(R) Inc. is to win a
$10,000 Manning Innovation Award for his invention of a knife-shaped electric
device that replaces fake knives in self-defence training. Quail and business
partner Rory Bochinski developed, commercialized and now produce Shocknife(R)
entirely in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    Rubber, plastic or wood replica knives quite literally dull the
effectiveness of defence training because they do not elicit acute stress as a
real knife would. In contrast, the Shocknife(R) blade delivers a non-injurious
but excruciating electric shock that trainees fear. As a result, the training
environment is more realistic and officers and soldiers are better prepared to
survive and win any future edged-weapon attack.
    The device has become popular among law enforcement and military trainers
across the United States and Canada, and is quickly becoming the new standard
in edged-weapon self-defence training. William R. Daniel II, a Major with the
US Army, says that "Shocknife(R) is a revolutionary product and it definitely
adds a level of realism that cannot be replicated with traditional weapons
training devices."
    Quail, a law officer and court-declared expert in use of force and
officer safety, has also developed Shocknife(R) instructor training courses,
including an online Safety Monitor Certification course.
    Over 500 agencies in 15 countries use Shocknife(R) to train police
officers, correctional officers and soldiers in life-saving defensive tactics.
Customers include the Calgary Police Service, Winnipeg Police Service and US
Department of Homeland Security. Since the product's launch in late 2005,
yearly sales of Shocknife(R), related products and training have grown to over
$700,000 Can.
    All Shocknife(R) components are made and assembled by Winnipeg's Melet
Plastics Inc. and IDERS Incorporated Ltd. Setcan(TM) Corporation, a sister
company to Shocknife(R) Inc., distributes the product in Canada and offers
several courses in defence tactics.

    The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

    This year the Foundation will award $145,000 to leading Canadian
innovators plus $20,000 to Young Canadians chosen at the 2009 Canada-Wide
Science Fair.
    The Foundation was established in 1980 to promote and support Canadian
innovators. This Innovation Award has been sponsored by the Arthur J. E. Child
Foundation. Since 1982, the Foundation has presented over $4 million in prize
money. The 2009 awards will be presented at an awards gala on Friday,
September 18 in Vancouver, BC.
    A Media Backgrounder about the innovator and his work is now available on
the Foundation's website, with video available after September 18, 2009:

For further information:

For further information: For a photo of the innovator or more
information on the Foundation, contact Bruce Fenwick, Executive Director,
(403) 645-8288 or; For more information about
Shocknife(R) and related training, visit and, or contact Shocknife(R) Inc. at (204) 336-0011 or

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