chromoly: everyday weapons
chromoly: everyday weapons chromoly: everyday weapons
feb 01, 2011

chromoly: everyday weapons

scissor holster

two of canadian design studio chromoly‘s previous projects ‘ninja tack’ and bourgeois brass knuckle’ emerged as somewhat problematic to the market. potential manufacturers were consulted by their lawyers to stay away from them, and scandinavian retailers had the products taken off their shelves by police. the objects were being treated like the weapons from which they borrowed their forms, clearly carrying some semantic baggage with them. this despite the fact that the products have no more potential for lethality than do many common household objects like hammers, kitchen knives or even broken bottles. the products became the target of censorship while the equivalent or even greater potential of many everyday objects to cause harm, goes unacknowledged.

the ‘ninja tacks’ and ‘bourgeois brass knuckle’ modified two weapon types to serve a different, non-violent functions. now ‘everyday weapons’ inverses this formula so that the capacity of everyday things to be used violently is drawn out of them. a wrench and a pair of scissors are housed in leather holsters, putting them in a context of readiness for use as weapons; and a sling transforms a glass tumbler into a projectile. the leather apparatuses weaponize the objects without altering them.

wrench holster

glass sling

‘everyday weapons’ in use

‘everyday weapons’ collection

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  • Ah yes, it’s getting to be silly season again.

    bill says:
  • not even funny

    buzzoff says:
  • i like the boots!

    marchand says:
  • i wd like something like this for my iphone. years ago i used to wear mine in a leather gun holster i found at a thrift shop, but that doesnt work anymore with my new phone

    edc says:
  • Brilliant!

    Joy says:
  • Urban angst dressed to kill, literally

    You guys should hook up with these serious denim people –

    I am imagining some excellent collaborative projects…

    dexterdragon says:
  • I agree with Marchand, the boots are, c’est magnifique.
    Secondly, the weapons double as tools…you can fix a car or have a drink before you sling it and cut through the worst of situations, as well!
    keep up the good work!

    Len Bob says:
  • Whats up with those hairy ankles? need to clip those puppies before you sling on that holster

    gimmy says:
  • disturbing that anyone would spend so much time pro violence rather than pro peace

    peter says:
  • where did you get the boots?

    AAB says:
  • That dude has some skin discoloration issues. Quite off-putting. Also that leg strap is useless and poorly designed. When you take one step your muscle will flex, and then the whole thing will slide down to your ankle. Crap.

    This Human says:
  • Yes, lets remind society that it’s kool to be violent.
    However, I do wish I had designed the boots.

    Sparky says:
  • these guys do have nothing to do

    ivan says:

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