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Sadurian Mike
965123.  Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:45 am Reply with quote

The classic Hollywood/fantasy trope of the virgin heroine defending her honour with her 'chastity dagger' (usually hidden in her bodice) has a basis in fact.

In Spain, there was a knife known as a 'salvavirgo', which was intended to be used by women to fight off a potential ravisher. It was a variation on the 'standard' Spanish navaja, a folding razor-like knife commonly carried by Spaniards of all social ranks and positions.



The salavirgo was traditionally small and beautifully decorated, but still a valid weapon of self defence.

 
EXE
966564.  Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:05 am Reply with quote

Sadurian Mike wrote:
The classic Hollywood/fantasy trope of the virgin heroine defending her honour with her 'chastity dagger' (usually hidden in her bodice) has a basis in fact.

In Spain, there was a knife known as a 'salvavirgo', which was intended to be used by women to fight off a potential ravisher. It was a variation on the 'standard' Spanish navaja, a folding razor-like knife commonly carried by Spaniards of all social ranks and positions.


South Africa has one-upped the Spaniards when it comes to rape defense weapons. While I don't believe it has ever been mass-produced, a South African woman developed something she calls Rape-aXe, which is basically a barbed female condom. Apparently it would spear the attacker and stay on, requiring surgical removal and thus allowing for the police to be alerted.

(I doubt that counts as a knife or knuckleduster though)

 
suze
966575.  Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:15 am Reply with quote

A South African woman who used to post to these forums mentioned that device back in post 65174. (Nearly seven years ago. Have I really been here that long?)

It was understood that this device was legal in South Africa, and it probably would be in the USA - but certainly not in Britain. Legality aside, what would be the outcome for the wearer if it activated accidentally, at a time when she was not being sexually assaulted? And how easy is it to remove if the wearer actually wants to have sex with someone?

 
belcrane
1137868.  Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:49 am Reply with quote

Wow that one is really good it looks really classy and it really has not been able to stop the ravishers cause the girls at that time are defenseless because of the guys who has guns.

 
crissdee
1137897.  Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:22 pm Reply with quote

I have a vague grasp of what that post is saying, but not enough to reply to it.

Anywho, regarding the 'navaja" I have an idea that one Mr J Ripper may have used such a weapon in a "professional" capacity. I would explain my theorem but I doubt many people would care.

 
'yorz
1137907.  Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:49 pm Reply with quote

Hah. I thought it was just me.

 

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