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…
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!