Homemade weapons may be needed by certain populations without access to regular weapons, such as prisoners.

Synonyms: many, vary with prison, nation and group


Design parameters:

(1) some feature that can be used to injury

(2) protection to the user's hand (handle, other)

(3) easy concealability (book, rectum, etc)

(4) made from available material


Shiv refers to a cutting weapon with a sharp edge made of metal or glass.


Shank refers to a pointed stabbing weapon made from plastic, metal or glass.

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