This is part of my how to series. Basically I wanted to take the time to teach people some life lessons around topics that I have NO idea what I am talking about. Today I am going to teach you how to make your own prison shank.
I’ve never been to prison and I really hope I don’t get caught for anything that would send me there. However though I want to be prepared just in case that time ever comes, I don’t want to end up being someone’s human pin cushion. So I learned how to make a shank and I am going to share that knowledge with you here today.
1) Find an object you can sharpen or is already sharp
I personally prefer to sharpen an object to my liking as opposed to using a fork or something that I don’t have as much control over shaping. For the sake of discussion I am going to recommend a toothbrush.
Personally I think it is more insulting to make someone bleed to death with a common household item that one wouldn’t think of as a weapon. What says, “I made you my bitch” more than carving up a Hannah Montana toothbrush and stabbing someone with it?
2) Sharpen said object, but don’t whittle it too far down
You don’t want to over sharpen your object where it whittles it down to far where you don’t have an effective blade or room to grip it. Also if you over do it you could make the blade frail where it snaps when too much pressure is applied. This would be horrible. The last thing you want to do is not finish the job and leave an opening for revenge.
3) Make a handle with tape or cloth
In a stabbing incident you want to make sure that you have a grip on the device to drive the blade into the body of Carlos the largest dealer in the joint. Being able to have a good hold on your newly made shank is rather important. Just like the sharpening step, you don’t want the shank to slip out of your hand and leave you open for retribution.
4) Practice hiding it on your person where you can make a quick draw
Up the sleeve, in your sock, or even in your waistband… wherever you decide to hide you shank make sure you can get to get quickly and wield it. Also I believe that this is a style choice. If you have it in your sleeve it shows that you are professional. In the sock says that you are a little more dramatic by having to bend down to get your shiv. The waistband hiding spot is reserved for gunslingers, very Clint Eastwood.
5) Practice hiding it in your cell just in case yours gets tossed for contraband
You may want to figure out how to jam your shank, handle first, into your rectum to protect it from getting taken by the guards if your cell gets tossed. You don’t want to lose all the handwork and craftsmanship you have put in by having it taken by guards. It is all about protecting your investment. Of course you can always bribe the guards with smokes, money, contraband, or sexual favors depending. (Usually works better in a female prison.)
So there you have it a guide on how to make a prison shank. You know just in case you ever get tossed in the hopper.
What common house hold item would you choose to make a shank out of?