Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

Shiv the Destroyer

March 10th, 2009 · No Comments

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One of this blog’s core beliefs is that human ingenuity knows no bounds. Today’s Exhibit A: Prison inmates’ MacGyver-like knack for crafting weapons from ordinary objects. This particular set is in the possession of a San Francisco comic-book seller, who got the shivs from a crooked prison guard. Here’s his favorite:

This was made as a demonstration for the guard who gave it to me (which is no doubt why it isn’t very sharp). This is 25 pages of rolled National Geographic, soaped & salted to make a rock hard weapon. After using one of these, they can be easily disposed of with a quick unrolling and flush down the toilet.

More shiv admiration here, from the great Design Observer.

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