Ye Olde Weapons – The Blackjack
The blackjack is often something that more closely resembles a club. Some people call them a leather billy club. Policemen used to use them as well. Often, the blackjack weapon is flexible and made from leather.
The Whyos gang from the old Five Points neighbor offered specific criminal services for a price, blackjacking someone would have cost you $15. Piker Ryan, a member of The Whyos, when he was arrested by the NYPD in 1884 had a list of services the gang offered in his pocket, the list included prices for murder, chewing someones nose off or jacking someone out (Blackjacking) among other services