Vena Amoris F-S Stiletto Knife, Beat You Black & Blue
11" total length, 7" blade, 4" handle
Our interpretation of the Fairbairn-Sykes knife, popularized around World War II for its superior performance in surprise attacks. The Vena Amoris stiletto knife sports the same long, slender blade, originally designed to easily penetrate a ribcage through several layers of clothing. The blade is supported by a weighty brass handle for precise, even grip.
Rozliubit's version enhances the original ringed design of the Fairbairn-Sykes handle with eight rings of Swarovski crystals. The bands of studded crystals alludes to a collection of engagement rings; hence "Vena Amoris", the vein in the left ring finger that was once believed to lead to one's heart. Traced back to ancient Egyptians, the engagement ring was once believed to be a part of the "bride's price", representing purchase and ownership of the bride. In this context, the following words from Fairbairn echo the treaties and violence in both romance and war:
"In close-quarters fighting there is no more deadly weapon than the knife. It is essential that the blade have a sharp stabbing point and good cutting edges, because an artery torn through tends to contract and stop the bleeding. If a main artery is cleanly severed, the wounded man will quickly lose consciousness and die."