Friday, January 17, 2014

Improvised Weapons: Prison Shanks, South America Style




Shanks are improvised edged weapons made in prison. Usually when people think of a prison shank they think of cute little blades and shivs, creatively made with scrap metal, even plastic, but in general they are small an easy to conceal. But those are developed nation penitentiary kind of shivs.

In Argentina it’s a bit different…

Un perfil de Facebook muestra a los detenidos dentro de penales con armas improvisadas que parecen facones y espadas.  Foto:  Facebook
 Un perfil de Facebook muestra detenidos dentro de penales, el hombre del medio es el cantante de cumbia Pablo Lescano.  Foto:  Facebook
 Un perfil de Facebook muestra a los detenidos dentro de penales con armas improvisadas que parecen facones y espadas.  Foto:  Facebook
 Un perfil de Facebook muestra a los detenidos dentro de penales con armas improvisadas que parecen facones y espadas.  Foto:  Facebook
 Un perfil de Facebook muestra a los detenidos dentro de penales con armas improvisadas que parecen facones y espadas.  Foto:  Facebook
 Un perfil de Facebook muestra a los detenidos dentro de penales con armas improvisadas que parecen facones y espadas.  Foto:  Facebook
These photos were taken from INSIDE the prison in Buenos Aires, by INMATES bragging on Facebook about their weapons. Some look like scimitars, there’s a few spears as well.


Packing swords in prison should be, lets say, frowned upon, but since these gentlemen actually use these tools for unconventional social interaction, there’s something to be learned here.



Lesson of the day: If it comes down to depending on an edged weapon for defense, get the biggest blade you can get hold of!

FerFAL

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I noticed not just the size of the blades but the shape. Obviously the needle tipped stabber is preferred to the wide bladed chopper.

Y.G.

Jose Garcia said...

Remarkably similar to what you would use to stick a hog.

Don Williams said...

1) How about the US Navy's 1917 cutlass? Here is a Cold Steel demo of their copy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-QpzW35f1I

2) It's interesting that the British infantry initially used a thrusting weapon circa 1780 but eventually went to a saber that that allowed slashes as well as thrusts.

Historic accounts of duels indicate that the thrust did not always immediately stop an enemy.
I've seen one account in which a man was surprised that his thrust did not immediately kill his enemy -- and that his enemy managed to kill him before expiring.

Anonymous said...

As fencer i have readed a lot about different swords.
The general experinece:
slashing: more intuative (untrained user usually hack like with an axe, not pretty or effective, but works), has better stopping power ( large loss of blood, psyhological shock ), less lethal (a cut heals better, and less prone to infection), has less penetration (even heavy clothes: eg. winter or leather jacket provides some protection against cuts);
stabs: have better reach, good penetration, need more practice to be accurate, recovery of the blade can be an issue (can be struck in the victim), less stopping power.
Off course this is for swords, mostly used on battlefields

Anonymous said...

it was nice to see pablo lescano on this blog :]