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July 12, 2017
It has long been a motto of ours that a great pair of socks can be the secret weapon of your wardrobe. Our Secret Weapons take that very idea and gives it a more literal twist, with whimsical plays on vintage gun and knife motifs. Peter, the creative director of Ozone always jokes: “The best way to keep guns off the street, is to keep them on your feet!” Here are some things we learned while designing one of our most popular collections.
Otherwise known as an automatic backup gun, this pocket pistol was a top choice for self-defense among the wealthy in the 18th and 19th Centuries, appreciated for its capability to fire more than one or two shots at a time. It also enjoyed some brief mainstream popularity at the turn of the 20th Century as producing larger quantities became more accessible, but fell out of use as more efficient models with better safety features were introduced. The weapon appears on the silver screen many times in the mid 20th Century, including an accessory to Sean Connery’s James Bond and in classic mob films like Casino and Mafia Junction.
Just like with this sock, a boot knife would be carefully hidden in a sheath attached to one’s foot inside of a boot or shoe. In more primitive days where violence was not uncommon to settle disputes, a knife was often a more common choice than a gun, which had the potential for some painful blowback or even an explosion! Most commonly seen as a shorter, more compact version of a dagger, the blade now comes in several shapes and sizes.
Perhaps the most famous shape of knife, the dagger’s sleek design and sharp pointed edge make it most useful as a thrusting weapon. Daggers have been around since the Neolithic age where they were fashioned from ivory or flint, but slowly came to be made from iron over many centuries. Though they are largely unused in modern military operations, daggers were part of a soldier’s arsenal through the Second World War by American soldiers, where its function as a concealed secret weapon for close combat was at its peak.
Know any interesting facts about these historical secret weapons that we missed? Let us know in the comments!
~Ben LoPiccolo - Content Creator for Ozone Design