My names Robert [This post has been edited by moderators because it does not comply with our terms and conditions. You can find our terms and conditions here: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/forum_policy.aspx
] and im a leeds student in my final year and i'm currently actually designing a knife/ range of knifes for my final year project for people that suffer from poor dexterity and fine movements in their hands (not specially Parkinson's but i'm trying to be inclusive for all ranges of dexterity disabilities)my dad got peripheral neuropathy after receiving chemotherapy and caused his hands to go numb and loss of sensation which led me to what im researching/creating today. I did notice that there really isn't anything that is solving this problem very well, especially something that looks nice as well.
Although the knife I am designing isn't specifically for a sufferer of parkinson's ,the dexterity limitations caused by diseases is what i'm looking at as well as ageing. The majority of current kitchen aids are very limited to specific types of dexterity problems and not very inclusive and not only that arnt very visually appealing finished in my opinion
which seems unfair. So i'm currently coming to the end of creating a knife/knifes (which is why i wish i saw this post earlier!
) that can be used by a range of people suffering from dexterity problems but that can preform most cutting actions of conventional knife but reducing stress on joints and reducing wrist and finger movements.
I dunno if you guys who are having trouble finding something on the market that fits your needs, would be willing to supply me with some information on what you need and what your looking for in a knife. I would be very interested and appreciative for any information.
If anyone wants to see what ive created so far as well I would be happy to send some pictures when i get my 3d model completed soon
Also creating a range of saucepans that can be lifted using the wrists/forearm instead of hands for people suffering from poor dexterity also, if that is of interest to anyone.
My email is [edited]
look forward to hearing from someone