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A shiv made from a cement screw

A Shiv (from the Romani word chiv), or shank is an impromptu knife or other stabbing weapon made with any materials available at hand. They can be fashioned from toothbrushes, rib bones, pieces of bed springs, etc. Shivs or shanks are typically a part of a prison inmate's "arsenal", and are usually used once, then disposed of.

Term Confusion[]

In the past, a weapon of this type was called a shiv. It was only called a shank if it was made from the metal "shank" of either a prison shoe, or bed spring. Shank is a verb used to denote the actual use of the weapon. In modern times, however, the word shank is often used in county jails and some prisons to describe any stabbing weapon as well as the act of stabbing.

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The following non-criminal characters use/used Shivs


The following criminals used Shivs in their crimes.

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