How to break a bottle menacingly?
December 7, 2012 3:44 AM Subscribe
What is the correct technique for smashing a beer bottle to ready it for use as an improvised stabbing weapon
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow to Grab Bag (22 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I was reading Pratchett's Night Watch and came across a scene where Pratchett makes it sound a lot more difficult to menacingly break a bottle than I would have thought. Apparently, if the bottle hits at the wrong angle or in the wrong way you end up with a hand full of broken glass. Vimes gives a besotted amateur only a one in five chance of ending up with the weapon he's trying to create, an intact neck with some pointy bits on the end. So, how's it done?
I'm aware that brandishing broken glass would be a criminal offence and that using a broken bottle as a weapon would constitute assault with a deadly weapon. This is a very hypothetical question, information useful to me only if time travel takes me to a wild west saloon. I'm just curious about how it's done.