Life in the Middle Ages
Crocodile Shears (
The crocodile shears had a very specific purpose: To mutilate those who attempted to assassinate the king.
The interior design closely resembles a tube containing numerous spikes on both ends. Although it was sometimes used to mutilate the fingers, its most common purpose was to mutilate a man's penis.
This torture method was frequently also a way to execute victims, as the arterial damage that ensued from the torture provoked death very frequently.
There are few records of the crocodile shears actually being employed.
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