The beloved knife hand is as much of a staple of military culture as fighting, drinking and getting married prematurely.
Ever scroll through photos of drill instructors screaming at recruits? You’re likely to come across a bevy of bladed palms. Going to sit through one of those everlasting commanding officer-led weekend safety briefs? Prepare to fall victim to a slew of knife hands while learning about drunk driving, drugs and sexual promiscuity. Hell, even survivors of Pearl Harbor can find themselves on the receiving end of the military’s deadliest weapon.
But despite the well-documented authoritative stance the U.S. military has taken when it comes to the art of the pointed hand, a recently discovered skeleton puts it all to utter shame.
Italian archaeologists unearthed a Medieval warrior recently in northern Italy and discussed their findings in the Journal of Anthropological Sciences.