The Cane Knife is a tool used for cutting sugarcane, a farming tool-turned-executioner's weapon. It was the Close-Range weapon of Pol Pot.
Description[edit | edit source]
The cane knife is characterized by a hardwood handle, full tang, and a deep curved blade. Some models have a hook at the end that is used to pick at cut sugarcane.
Stats[edit | edit source]
- Weight: 1.25 lbs
- Blade width: 1/8 inch
- 13.5 inch steel blade
- Wood handle
Uses[edit | edit source]
The cane knife is used primarily for harvesting sugarcane, and is most commonly found in countries with a large sugarcane industry. Because of its effectiveness at cutting and wide availability, it is commonly used as an improvised weapon. Both of these uses make it similar to the machete. Many farming nations around the world have access to cane knives. However the Saddam experts claimed that similar tools are used in Iraq for farming and although the Iraqi military could have used the cane knife, they didn't and preferred knives that were smaller thus more portable and flexible, and more lethal as those could stab.
The Khmer Rouge used cane knives and improvised clubs as the second most common execution of the genocide, only the famine and people being forcefully worked to death created more casualties. They would aim the weapon at the back of the head or neck, and most of these corpses had their stomaches opened and necks slit even after the fact that they were already dead.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
Saddam actually mocks the weapon in the battle (speaking in Arabic) claiming that "This is a REAL weapon." This is most likely referring to how his own experts denounced this weapon earlier in the episode.