Alternative uses for the typewriter carriage

The pen is mightier than the sword, and the typewriter makes a deadly shiv.

Crudely constructed from such things as spoons, shoelaces and upholstery tacks, shivs lie somewhere between the graceful and the grotesque…. The shivs shown here were confiscated more than twenty years ago from New Jersey’s Rahway Prison (now East Jersey State Penitentiary), a maximum-security facility that houses more than 1,500 inmates serving sentences of twenty-five years to life.


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