The Knee Crusher

The Knee Crusher

A popular device for crushing and breaking joints, particularly those of the knee and elbow.

This device was a particular favourite of Inquisition torturers – you can understand that no regard was given to the recovery of the recipient post-torture, damage inflicted was permanent.  It’s said that to make the pain even more unbearable, the torturer would sometimes tap the device with a hammer.  The device shown is of metal construction, although crushers were mainly constructed from wood, with a varying range of spikes.

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Nigel Jones

By profession an engineer (graduate), Nigel's been publishing magazines since 1995 (some 20+ years now). The original magazines he established (Sidmouth and Budleigh Diary magazines) are still in publication today. Passionate about countryside and historical heritage, the magazines reflect this interest. Nigel's the Editor of the Devonshire magazine which he established in 2009.