WEAPONIZE OFFICE SUPPLIES

JÖRG SPRAVE

As told to Caroline Winter

PHOTOGRAPHS BY NICK FERRARI FOR BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK

The office is the perfect place to find materials for making dangerous improvised weapons. (Please consult with HR before making dangerous improvised weapons.) There are heavy things and sharp things and also adhesives and rubber bands. Scissors, letter openers, and pens are menacing even in their original condition. Together these are also the building blocks for many tools that made the medieval era such an uncomfortable time to live. Sprave is CEO of MacroSystem Digital Video and runs a blog about building slingshots.

THE FLAIL

MATERIALS

Hole puncher

Ruler

Power cord

Rubber band

1 Tie your power cord to a hole puncher with a nice double knot.

2 Next, attach the other end of the cable to a ruler using tightly wrapped and knotted rubber bands.

3 Now you have a version of the “ball and chain” flail — a truly devastating weapon.

THE PENCIL SHOOTER

MATERIALS

Paper

Tape

Pencil

Rubber band

1 First, wrap a piece of paper tightly around a pencil and secure the rolled paper with tape. Now you have a barrel.

2 Next, take two rubber bands (as thick as possible) and cut them to make two strips. Use one to make a loop over one end of the barrel, fastening its two ends to the paper with tape.

3 Take the second band and wrap it tightly around the tape to provide extra strength.

4 Load the “arrow” into the barrel, grab its end with the rubber loop, draw it out as far as possible (with the tip of the pencil still in the barrel), and let go. This easily penetrates solid cardboard. (Faber-Castell pencils are especially strong and durable.)

THE WAR AX

MATERIALS

Tape

Scissors

Ruler

Cord

1 Open a pair of scissors to 90 degrees and place them on a ruler.

2 Tie the scissors in place by tightly weaving a cut USB cable around the blades, handle, and ruler.

3 Reinforce the attachment with tape. Note: In place of a ruler, you can also use a rolled stack of paper.

Watch Jörg Sprave explain how to weaponize office supplies www.businessweek.com/howto/weaponize

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