Little girls are not encouraged to carry or play with knives. While boys got Swiss Army Knives or Leathermen for their birthdays, girls got Barbie Dolls. And those dolls were so encased in plastic that they had to ask their brothers to use their new blades to cut the poor things loose.
Some women, however, have broken the Blade Barrier. These are women who fight with blades, entertain with them, throw, swallow and chop wood with them. Here are twenty of the most spectacular Girls Who Play with Knives – in no particular order, and in all their glory.