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Brass knuckles

The internet, we’ve learned by now, is a bottomless pit of information. One site, devoted to offbeat weapons like Medieval swords and axes, includes a few factoids about brass knuckles.

It seems the metal knuckle coverings emerged as a weapon of some utility in hand-to-hand combat during World War I. Today, these devices are outlawed in many states but achieve some value as a rogue accessory among “elite and fashionable gangsters, hustlers, pimps, players and other socialites.”

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