March 07, 2004

FBI Guide To Concealable Weapons
  • Yeah, a 2" crucifix keychain containing a non-locking, 1" Turkish clip blade is a hidden weapon, all right. Likewise the deadly Nascar helmet knife, or the ring with the only sharp edge on the inside-facing side, or the knife that is disguised as another knife!! Arrrrgggghhh *tears hair*
  • Goetter, are you getting the feeling that the FBI has been watching too many James Bond movies?
  • C'mon, you gotta admit that the throwable metal-edged playing cards are hella cool.
  • And the Christ on a Cross (with blade) is fucking excellent.
  • I do indeed, Sullivan.
  • The Bullet Knife: When you absolutely, positively want be sniffed out by security before you can pull of the hijacking.
  • Is that a crucifix knife in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
  • I wonder when the first person is arrested for wearing one of these fine necklaces...
  • Have to agree with jjray. What an awesomely stupid idea. "No, no! It's not a bullet, really. It's just a knife! See?" But I like the leaf knife. Very stylish. And whoever came up with the playing cards, Blaise, I think has been watching too many Hong Kong "God of Gamblers" movies.
  • And whoever came up with the playing cards, Blaise, I think has been watching too many Hong Kong "God of Gamblers" movies. Or is a big fan of Ricky Jay...
  • Great, fascinating link. If anything, it shows how much of a farce even post September 11 security measures are. You seriously expect me to believe that underpaid x-ray screeners are going to catch the comb and hairbrush knife? While I can see a lot of those things having novelty value (the coin knives, for instance), I can't believe that some of this stuff is produced (unregulated?). Seriously, what is Atlanta Cutlery (US) doing making an umbrella-sword? Or check out the razor-edged titanium credit card (US manufactured), proudly emblazoned with the slogan "An Edge Ahead of the Rest." It's funny that they chose to list, though, things like the exacto-knives. I own several just like the ones pictured -- why not also picture kitchen cutlery then (well, with the notable exception of the salad cutters that did somehow make the cut). And, yeah, total spy movie-age. I love the shaving-cream safe. And those throwing cards do indeed rock. Gambit, anyone?
  • Was I the only that was upset that for most of the weapons the manufacturer was unknown? I mean I want to know where I can buy my own switchblade knife in the shape of a pen.
  • I think Gambit would probably smuggle in playing cards with C4 plastered on as textured paint. Um... stupid question: the ceramic knives et al. are said to be 'invisible' to the magnometer (I like that word), but the pictures show the silhouettes of the objects quite clearly. So do the objects show up or not on the magnometer? let me say it again...mag no meter...
  • What'd I say? Magnometer! What's it called?? Magnometer! That's right!
  • Monorail! /derail Okay, I'm plagiarising myself now. But if I do this again, I'll get my Boy Scout "wanker!" badge. Perseverance furthers, y'see.
  • Ok, you two made me laugh so hard I almost peed. I'm sending you the laundry bill. One more time! MAGNOMETER! yeah....*runs away*
  • To hell with the knives, have you seen the cellphone guns?!
  • How much does the bill for "almost peeing" come to? Sounds to me like your arrangement with the laundry is dangerously open-ended.
  • Oh it is. I get fleeced regularly. It's not called "Mom's Laundry" for nothing. My mom will be over with the bill shortly.
  • *cowers*
  • The leaf knife is the shit. I want one. The lighter knife is dumb. If you can get a lighter on board, why not use it with ventolin or other small explosive medication?
  • To veer dangerously back on topic: Alnedra - I believe that the magnometer (ooh!) is the metal detector that one must walk through to board a plane, whilst the images show what an x-ray machine would display if these weapons were put through one. So an entirely ceramic blade could be carried on the person easily without setting off the metal detector.
  • Oh...I see. I thought it was a kind of x-ray device. I am enlightened *light bulb*. Thank ye kindly, Blaise. Just one more time, please? Magnometer!
  • psst!