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      CommentAuthorEoullis
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2009
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    A little late but doylestown pa is still intact...however when i woke up there was no electricity and i heard a lot of sirens ....gotta a little nervous but all is well..heh

    i know a little about sharp things so i'll throw in my 2 cents. Nobody would cut a throat from behind with a sword its just against the nature of a sword (the idea is to keep some distance and take advantage of the swords lenght and power duh). A slash from a sword at the neck would easily decapitate a person. To leave such a precise and clean cut would take a very skilled swordsman with lighting speed (no defensive wounds on victim). The sword would have to strike before the victim had any chance of reaction...pretty impossible escpecially when the victim might have seen the killer standing before him with a sword. The slash on the abdomen would be very hard to do while the victim was on their back....standing his guts would have spilled all over the place and as I remember his guts were still in his body cavatiy and again no kind of defensive wounds to be found.

    I think the weapon is less obvious.. the sharpest edge that exists on the planet is chipped obsidian...yes obsidian...sharper than a surgeons scalpel. It could easily create such clean and devastating cuts. Throat slash from behind...then as Kait implied...jack ripper style across the gut after the victim is down. Obsidian is also pretty common on the British Isle. It would be easy to conceal ..you could store it in the dirt or in water and just make some little chips when it looses its edge (unlike steel).

    I definitely don't think Kait is the killer...she was way to turned on at the idea of having some real cop work to do. As far as our resident "jerk" Freak goes...he seems to just screw em and not kill em.

    Can't wait till tommorow to learn a little more.
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    You can get obsidian scalpels. That being said, obsidian is sharp as all hell, but it can also shatter pretty easy. You drop your obsidian scalpel, and it might not be working when you pick it up again.
    Chipping obsidian to a blade from a rock is doable, but not easy work. I'd say going with keeping it simple-- probably a long knife, not a sword.
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      CommentAuthorEoullis
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2009
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    obsidian scapel? never said that. Said obsidian was sharper than a surgeons scapel
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2009 edited
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    This is coming from a hazy recollection of From Hell, but I'll have a go.

    Wasn't the assumption (at least, as put forth by Moore) that the instrument in the Ripper murders was 6-8 inch (or thereabouts) surgical blade, that also had a rough edge on one side of the blade for cutting through bone? Sort of like a thin, surgical Bowie knife? I don't know, but that's a pretty damn big blade.

    Apologies if I'm misremembering.
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      CommentAuthorphorgan1
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2009
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    There is no doubt that Columbo would be trashed by Quincy.
    @Paul Duffield - If I had a quarter for everytime someone's told me I was thinking too hard, I could replace the motorcycle who's engine self-destructed yesterday!
    @lingeredshade - What a mad thing to say;)
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      CommentAuthorphorgan1
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2009
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    If freak angels had graphics like xkcd how would they differentiate the different characters? It would change much since more of the story would have to go into words--think too much again, huh?
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    Eoullis-
    The point is, obsidian tends to shatter, chip or otherwise become inconvenient to use if dropped.
    And you can buy obsidian scalpels for surgery; they've been around for a bit.
    Flaking a blade takes work; and the longer the blade the more likely you're going to mess things up while making it or have it break during a struggle, especially if it came across bone. Also, not all obsidian is of a grade where it would make a good weapon. Why go for stone age tech when an bowie-type or other hunting knife would be more easily available, and reliable?

    In a scavenging society, I don't see why someone would go to such a length to get such a blade (unless they raided a cutlery shop?)...I'd guess that people would be more likely to use what they had at hand, though perhaps modified for purpose.

    We know there was a murder, but we don't know why it was done; and there could be a heck of a lot of whys.

    -and I'm eagerly awaiting the next episode!

    I do think the idea of use of obsidian is rather interesting. Do you know if there are obsidian deposits around the Whitechapel area or if it was commonly used for weaponscrafting in that area in the past?
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      CommentAuthorEoullis
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2009
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Rootfireember,
    Heh...heh....I was just trying to throw a new log on the fire.....I have no clue about weaponscrafting history in Whitechapel. I was just thinking that a knife or sword is so obvious a weapon ...what else could be used? What would be less noticeable? Obsidian came to mind.

    Who knows what that rat muncher Ellis has in store for us. I too am looking forward to future installments. The story is getting better and better and I can see how quickly things can get really complicated for our Freaks.
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    If it's a raging obsidian-knapping archaeologist, I'll be shocked. But man wouldn't that be a twist? :D
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      CommentAuthorEoullis
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2009
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    a psycho-obsidian-knapping neanderthal.....the FA's unknowingly thawed from a block of ice....hehehe
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    ...
    oh my god. I know who it is.
    Its....
    Lieutenant-General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers risen from the grave for vengeance upon us for the Indiana Jones films!