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"Classic" pattern brass knuckles
"Classic" pattern brass knuckles

Brass knuckles, also sometimes called knuckles, knucks, brass knucks or knuckle dusters, are weapons used in hand-to-hand combat. "Brass" knuckles are pieces of metal, usually steel despite their name, shaped to fit around the knuckles. Designed to deliver the force of punches through a smaller and harder contact area, they result in greater tissue disruption and increased likelihood of fracturing the victim's bones on impact. Also, the wielder of such a weapon may punch harder than normal, exacerbating damage even further, due to reduced anxiety about harming their own hands when striking. Brass Knuckles is rapper Nellys fifth studio album which is scheduled to be released on August 19, 2008 after several delays. ... Brass knuckles, taken by Mr_Person on September 18, 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Brass knuckles, taken by Mr_Person on September 18, 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... For other uses, see Weapon (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Close Quarters Combat. ... Brazen redirects here. ... For other uses, see Steel (disambiguation). ... The knuckles are the joints of the fingers, which are brought into prominence when the hand is shut. ...


History and variations

Early forms of brass knuckles were used in ancient Rome, India, South America and Japan. For other uses, see Roman Empire (disambiguation). ...

The Roman caestus was a type of glove or hand guard made from leather and metal used during boxing matches in gladiatorial events. Although modern day boxing gloves are used to keep the hands safe, thereby allowing the fighter to punch harder, the caestus was used solely to intensify the damage caused by a punch. A cestus is an ancient battle glove. ... For other meanings of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer. ... This article is about the Roman professional fighters. ... Headgear and boxing gloves are mandatory in Olympic boxing and amateur boxing. ...

Vajra Mushti (Diamond Fist or Thunderbolt Fist) was the name of both a knuckle duster weapon and an ancient Indian martial arts identified with that weapon that incorporates striking and grappling aspects, and a study of vital points. The bagh nakh or "tiger claw" is a similar Indian weapon meant to be worn over the knuckles, although it is a slashing rather than bludgeoning device. Vajra Mushti (or Vajra Mukti)/Diamond Fist is one of the oldest martial arts of India . ... ... The Indian subcontinent is home to a variety of martial arts, including Pehlwani, Kalarippayattu, Vajra Mushti and Gatka. ... A bagh-nakh, also known as a Tiger Claw or a wagh-nakh, is an Indian hand-to-hand weapon designed to fit over the knucles or concealed under and against the palm. ...

A similar weapon, the tekko, is one of the traditional weapons of kobudo, a martial art from Okinawa, Japan. Tekko This weapon of Okinanwa is primarily a form of knuckleduster or known sometimes collquially as brass knuckles. ... It has been suggested that Kobudo be merged into this article or section. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... This article is about the prefecture. ...

Knuckle dusters were incorporated into the so-called Apache revolvers used by criminals in France in the early 1900s. During World War I and World War II, trench knives, blades with enlarged guards to be used as knuckle dusters, were used in hand-to-hand combat in trench raiding operations. An Apache revolver is a handgun which incorporates multiple other weapons, made notorious by the French underworld figures of the early 1900s known as Les Apaches. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Classic pattern brass knuckles Brass knuckles, also sometimes called knucks or knuckle dusters (more common in British English) , are weapons used in hand-to-hand combat. ... Trench raiding was an often brutal feature of trench warfare that came into being in World War I, and was the practice of making small scale surprise attacks on enemy positions. ...

The British gangster Dave Courtney is famous for using brass knuckles when debt collecting[citation needed]. Dodgy Dave Courtney (b. ...

Legality and distribution

In most countries, the possession, let alone use, of brass knuckles is illegal. Recently, brass knuckles have been sold on the Internet and in regular shops as novelties, although whether or not they are used as novelties is open to debate. A novelty is a small manufactured adornment, especially a personal adornment. ...

Brass knuckles can normally be purchased at flea markets, swap meets, and some sword and weapon shops. Due to a shady reputation they are often sold as paperweights or affixed with a detachable screw allowing them to be sold as a belt buckle. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Swap Meet is a song by the grunge band, Nirvana. ... A conventional belt buckle A rather elaborate ornamental belt buckle A belt buckle is a buckle, a clasp for fastening two ends, as of straps or a belt, in which a device attached to one of the ends is fitted or coupled to the other. ...

Similar devices that are made of hardened plastic, rather than metal, exist. Some are marketed as "undetectable by airport metal detectors."[1]

Due to the questionable legality of brass knuckles, large, heavy rings are sometimes used to achieve the same effect.

In Canada, brass knuckles or any similar devices are listed as prohibited weapons,[2] and possession of such weapon is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.[3] The Canadian Criminal Code (formal title An Act respecting the Criminal Law) is the codification of most of the criminal offenses and procedure in Canada. ...


Pairs of knuckles can be custom made to fit individual hands. Due to the generic factory shape and design, knuckles rarely fit the user perfectly. This can result in breaking the user's fingers if a punch is thrown straight


Often made in factories in Pakistan[4] or China, brass variety are much lighter and less likely to be detected.

Common varieties are spiked knuckles,"maiden's fingers", "fat boys", "wedding rings", brass knuckles with various "imprintable" images on the knuckles (longhorn steer, lions, skulls, etc), and even "knuckle-knives."

Spiked knuckles are seen to be of the most vicious variety of brass knuckles as they not only can shatter bone into fragments but will shred tissue. The length of the spikes varies from as small as a quarter of an inch to up to six inches. Shorter spikes emphasise the impact of the brass knuckle on bone, while longer blades are used solely to inflict soft-tissue damage.

Brass knuckles are available with knives (especially flick knives) built in.

In popular culture

  • A normal pair of brass knuckles was wielded by Cpl. Joe Toye in the episode Day of Days during the assault on Brecourt Manor in Band of Brothers. The blow knocks out the German who has surrendered to him.
  • In the 2005 BBC rendition of Tom Brown's Schooldays, Flashman secretly puts knuckledusters on during a fight and knocks Brown to the ground in one punch and knocks him out entirely with one more, inflicting a large cut across his forehead.
  • In the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the character Assef used brass knuckles each time he fought someone throughout the novel. This was most notable at the end where Assef and the main character fight and Assef breaks the narrator's face bones and ribs.
  • The main character in Three O'Clock High wins a fight against a bully by using brass knuckles.
  • In the film Constantine, the main character, John Constantine, uses a pair of brass knuckles with crosses etched into them in his fight with Balthazar.
  • Asuma Sarutobi from the anime Naruto uses brass knuckles with blades attached to the ends (referred to as "trench knives") when fighting his opponents, which he extends with his chakra to injure an enemy out of the physical blade's range.
  • The metal band Five Finger Death Punch uses brass knuckles in their logo and vocalst Ivan L. Moody has been seen using a combination brass knuckle/ microphone in live perfrormances.
  • In the novel Night Watch by Terry Pratchett, Commander Sam Vimes (Alternately, Sergeant John Keel) uses brass knuckles and blackjacks, and instructs the men of the Treacle Mine Road Watch House in the use of them.
  • In the manga and anime series One Piece two characters use brass knuckles: Miss Monday and Fullbody, hence his nickname, Ironfist Fullbody.
  • In an episode of Get Smart, Maxwell Smart (agent 86) was given an "aluminum knuckle" due to budget cuts and the fact that agents still needed a weapon. The Chief stated that brass and multiple knuckles were too expensive for CONTROL to afford with the budget cuts.
  • 'Brass Knucks' are frequently used for police work in the LA Quartet, by James Elroy.
  • Nicholas Cage was hit in the face with brass knuckles in 'Gone in 60 Seconds'.
  • In Christopher Paolini's Eldest, the Dwarves have 'Fists of steel,' metal spikes screwed into their knuckles.
  • Madonna dons a pair of knuckle dusters on the cover of ther 11th studio album, Hard Candy, emblazoned 'M-Dolla'. According to www.mirror.co.uk "Seems knuckledusters are in vogue since Madonna wore a diamond M-dolla ring on her Hard Candy album cover. Swiss jeweller Chopard has been deluged with calls asking them to make replicas of the £500,000 duster. In da hood at Klosters, anyone?"
  • In the Donald Duck short Donald Gets Drafted. When Donald says, "Do it yourself, I quit!", the sergeant is standing in front of him with brass knuckles, ready to fight him for what Donald said.
  • In the NCIS episode Bloodbath, Abby shows a pair of brass knuckles given to her by Director Shepard, along with mace and a tazer, to keep her safe from the stalker.

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  2. ^ Department of Justice Canada (1998-12-01). "Part 3. Section 15.", Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited or Restricted (SOR/98-462). Retrieved on 2007-05-29. 
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  4. ^ "14,000 Brass Knuckles Found Disguised As Belt Buckles", Local 6 News, Florida
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