The Sling-Blade — Traditional Arkansas Tool

These used to be one of the favorite forms of punishment in the prison chain-gangs of the Deep South. Not that anybody would have used one on you (they used shotguns and whips back in those days) but you had to use a sling-blade for at least 12 hours a day in all sorts of summer weather to pay your debt to Southern society, back when going to prison meant you were probably going to die.

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