The pointy end

“She’s so good with the stilletto you don’t even mind the pain…”

Billy Joel

The Italian word stiletto comes from the Latin stilus. A stilus is a thin pointed Roman writing instrument, used to carve into wax or clay tablets. Readers of this blog will realise that in general, pens and painting have dominated the discussion of scalpels. This combination of writing tool evolving into a knife has great attraction to me as a blog post. The stiletto knife emerged in 15th century Italy, as the iconic weapon of the assassin. It is easily concealed, capable of inflicting motal wounds, causes very little visual bleeding. In the 20th century it became associated with American gang culture and high end women’s shoe design. In my hands it has become a stylish letter opener. #penbecomesscalpel #letsmakelemonade

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