Two of Chromoly’s past designs, the Ninja Tack and especially Bourgeois Brass Knuckle, emerged as problematic to market. Potential manufacturers were consulted by their lawyers to stay away from them, and Scandinavian retailers had the products taken off their shelves by the police. The objects were being treated like the weapons from which they borrowed their forms. They were clearly carrying semantic baggage
with them, despite the fact that the products have no more potential for lethality than do many common household objects like hammers, kitchen knives, broken bottles. The items were the target of censorship while the equivalent or even greater potential many everyday objects have to cause harm goes unacknowledged.
The Ninja Tacks and Bourgeois Brass Knuckle modified two weapon types to serve a different, non-violent, function. Everyday Weapons inverses this formula so that the capacity of everyday things to be used violently is drawn out of them. A wrench and a pair of scissors are housed in leather holsters, putting them in a context of readiness for use as weapons; and a sling transforms a glass tumbler into a projectile. The leather apparatuses weaponize the objects without altering them.