I have this tiger-fork.

Traditional Chinese Weapon

Traditional Chinese Weapon

Not much use in a gun fight. It requires lots of space to swing an seven foot trident about. I suppose a police report might read, both the chandelier and the burglar were rendered inoperable, but a properly trained martial artist can use a tiger fork to disarm a swordsman. Catch the sword in the down stroke, one twist sends the sword flying, the other end of the trident sweeps his feet out from under him and a quick flip of the giant spear and the downed adversary can consider the point of rising, or not.

When Sifu Mohr drilled us over and over on its use like so many martial artists I would imagine fighting a real tiger. But there are no tigers in the US. Instead I imagined fighting a mountain lion in Wyoming. I studied them and their habits. Mountain lions prefer stealth, and if my blood didn’t turn to water seven feet of spinning steel might just send one deciding on a different venue for lunch. I never saw a mountain lion near our cabin and in fact I never took the tiger fork anywhere but class and the back yard. Still I had many battles, some of which I won and others….

The tiger fork has spent many years tucked in a corner of the attic. In fact when I hefted it, I was surprised how heavy it is now. It’s really just a possession, one that I care about, but it owns me as much as I own it.

We are moving to a smaller place. One where a tiger fork would be an encumbrance. I’ll keep it to the last day then we will both be free.

20 Comments on “possessions”

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    I think I would have carried it with me and left it a place where there was water…
    interesting what holds us in their possession
    Take Care…

  2. Kristi says:

    haha I’m with Diana, you can’t get rid of this…it’s priceless (and could be an interesting conversations starter in any situation..imagine their faces). Now that I’m thinking about it, why am I not surprised you own this?! 😀 ps. Sorry for teasing.

    • billgncs says:

      hi Kristi… we must all be more than our possessions. We put some of the things on the curb and neighbors and passers by took them, That was fun. My neighbor took my straight staff – she thought it would be good to hang her laundry from 🙂

  3. vb holmes says:

    Great looking object–I’m with dianasschwenk–if possible, hang it on a wall (powder room, stairway–maybe not the bedroom). Good luck with the move–big job.

  4. susank456 says:

    It’s amazing what we hang onto over the years.

  5. Eric Alagan says:

    Vicious looking weapon – lethal in trained hands. Those were the days when real men looked the enemy in the eyes.

    For many years my uncle actually had grandpa’s spear under his bed – until in 1968 the law dictated that he can’t own ‘dangerous’ weapons.

    How many people got speared? They could not answer my uncle.
    How many people died from stabs from kitchen knives? They looked comfortable.
    What is the definition of a ‘dangerous’ weapon? Actually, my uncle did not ask this last question


    • billgncs says:

      yes, those men stood behind their words…

      Why take away from a man a means to protect his family, and make him depend on help that can only ever come too late?

      I suspect there is more in mind with laws of that type. Men with a spear in hand tend not to be sheep.

      I remain intrigued and ready to hear more stories of your family.

  6. You could hang it on the bedroom wall… (smiling)

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