Small, thin, modified stainless steel table knife shiv. Small, thin, stainless steel table knife with a long, thin, metal blade, which as been sharpened along both edges with a sharp point at the end. The handle of the knife has been covered in yellow masking tape, which has been wound around the handle.

Historical information

Provenanced to Fremantle Prison.



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Item type
2.4000 cm
Height or length
21.8000 cm
Inscriptions and markings

Inscribed on blade: 'STAINLESS STEEL / JAPAN'.

Contextual Information

Everyday innocuous items that have been modified by prisoners to turn them into weapons, are known in prison slang as a 'shiv'.

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Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison

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