--Tommy Bannonno, Mafia expert.
The Ice Pick is a household tool which could serve as a stabbing weapon. It was the Special Weapon of the Mafia.
An ice pick is simply a metal spike attached to a short wooden handle.
- Special weapon
- 6 inches
- 8 oz
- Wood handle, steel pike
Because it concentrates the force of a strike onto a very fine point, the ice pick is a very effective stabbing tool, capable of piercing the skull with little effort. Unlike a traditional dagger; the ice pick is a very common and cheap kitchen utensil that does not require a permit of any kind.
Other tools like screwdrivers have also been used as improvised shanks. In prison; broken glass or sharpened objects (spoons, forks, pipes or toothbrushes) are commonly used to assault other inmates.
Possibly the most feared hitman of Murder Inc. (a collaboration of Mafia hitmen during the 1930s & 1940s) was Abraham "Kid Twist" Reles. Abe frequently used the Ice Pick as his signature weapon; normally stabbing victims through their ear.
- The Stiletto is used for the majority of the fight, despite not being listed as a weapon and the Ice Pick being the listed dagger.
- Other ice tools have been used as murder weapons. Leon Trotsky was assassinated by an Ice Axe.