Wednesday, January 18, 2006

My Awesome New Knife.


A friend of mine brought me this for all of my Halloween pirate costume needs, which are annual. Thanks, RA! I'm planning to sharpen it to a razor-point, sa-ha!, so that it'll be even more illegal to carry.

10 Comments:

Blogger The Modesto Kid:

Wowie zowie! What a beautiful thing that is. Do you know its country of origin?

1/18/2006 11:38:00 PM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

It was bought in the old souk just outside of Dubai; I don't really know where it came from before then. The chasing is, I think, a low-grade silver. The metal of the blade is decent, but we'll see what happens when I take a whetstone to it.

I suspect that the thing is a an early 20th-c UAE blade, though I really don't know anything about such things.

1/18/2006 11:58:00 PM  
Blogger washerdreyer:

Did you give the friend a coin?

1/19/2006 12:03:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

Good god, I only gave hott sexx!

However, as a professional literary interpreter, I'm sure that I can find some sort of loophole for the rules as otherwise declared.

1/19/2006 12:31:00 AM  
Blogger Ben Wolfson:

Depending on what state you're in, carrying that around might well be legal as long as it wasn't concealed—if you're in California, for instance.

Which isn't to say that John Law might not be curious as to why you've got it.

1/19/2006 12:39:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

What I heard as a kiddo in California was that knives larger than your palm were right out.

Is that not true in NYC? Can I carry my gigantic curved blade?

1/19/2006 01:24:00 AM  
Blogger Ben Wolfson:

I dunno about NYC (and the city laws might be different from state laws anyway), but in CA you can walk around with a broadsword as long as it's out there.

1/19/2006 09:43:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

From NYC 10-133:
B. It shall be unlawful for any person to carry on his or her person or have in such person's possession, in any public place, street or park any knife which has a blade length of four inches or more.

However! There's a loophole to drive a truck through:

D. The provisions of subdivisions b and c of this sections shall not apply to [...]
(5) any person displaying or in possession of a knife otherwise in violation of this section when such a knife (a) is being used for or transported immediately to or from a place where it is used for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, picnicking or any employment, trade or occupation customarily requiring the use of such knife; or
(b) is displayed or carried by a member of a theatrical group, drill team, military or para military unit or veterans organization, to from or during a meeting, parade or other performance or practice for such event, which customarily requires the carrying of such knife or
(c) is being transported directly to or from a place of purchase in such a manner as not to allow easy access to such knife while it is transported; or
(d) is displayed or carried by a duly enrolled member of the Boy or Girl scouts of America or similar organization or society and such display or possession is necessary to participate in the activities of such organization or society.

So, if I get caught with my blade, I'm either an actor en route to my rehearsal of my community center's production of Sinbad, or I'm a harmless citizen coming back from my friend's place, where I received this "novelty item" as a gift.

1/19/2006 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger rilkefan:

Maybe if you wore a turban and a fake beard etc., you could claim you're a Sikh - there must be exceptions for them - kirpans can be quite long.

1/21/2006 11:46:00 PM  
Blogger John Emerson:

A djambiya? We hope not, because while it means he truly loves you because they're very expensive, they're expensive because the handle is made of rhino horn.

1/31/2008 10:13:00 PM  

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