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Raggedy Annarchy asked:
What is the preferred and most reliable method of making a prison shiv?
A shiv (from the Romani word chiv) is a slang term for any sharp or pointed implement used as a knife-like weapon, made from metal. However, the word in practical usage is frequently used when referring to an improvised bladed weapon. Shivs are commonly made by inmates in prisons across the world. A shiv can be anything from a glass shard with fabric wrapped around one end to form a handle, to a razor blade stuck in the end of a toothbrush. Some inmates have even sharpened the ends of pork chop bones to make them into weapons. Shiv, as well as its synonym shank, has entered video gaming lexicon as a synonym for “stab”
How to make a shiv
- Obtain a spoon, toothbrush, or some other sturdy, workable material.
- Decide which end to use. This is totally up to you. You may want to consider time as a factor.
- File a point. Use a relatively flat, rough object, such as a concrete floor, and scratch the end down to a point. Remember, you are making a stabbing weapon, not a slashing weapon. If you are working with plastic, you can also use a lighter to speed up your shaping.
- Apply grip. Use rubber cement, electrical tape, dental floss, or anything that will improve your hold on the shiv so it doesn’t slip when it’s time to do the do.
- Stash it. The true power of the shiv comes in its quick, surprising lethality.
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