Nail File + Pen Cap = Shank

I was walking into work one morning and saw this little disembodied nail file blade lying in the hallway. I picked it up and noticed how rigid it was – not at all as flexible and flimsy as the ones I’d handled before. I thought, “This would make a good stabbing weapon if I had some way to hold onto it.” Enter pen cap. Continue reading

I Love Sticks

The foreign objects that the first tool users likely bashed each others brains out with were undoubtedly sticks and stones – and regardless of which was the first to break bones, sticks remain a viable option even today. Making walking sticks and shillelaghs is not only a financially responsible, environmentally friendly, and low risk crafting hobby, but it’s also damn EASY. Continue reading

The Key Flail

Do I think you should take out your shoelace and make a key flail when you expect trouble? Sure, if there is absolutely no other better option. Do I think you’ll ever have to? No, probably not. Would it be effective? Maybe – I certainly wouldn’t want to be hit in the face with it. Is it good to start thinking about other objects in this way, as potential weapons and self-defense tools? Abso-freakin-lutely. Continue reading