ANST - Unusual Personas
psobaka at mail.myriad.net
Sat Aug 16 13:28:46 PDT 1997
The two are like apples and oranges. The sword is used as a cut/slash while
the arrow is a punch through. Different type of stress. As for
hardness/brittleness they are probly very close.
>> > those obsidian swords ... because the Spaniards wore metal armor,
>> > they were almost immune to the very impressive cutting effects of
>> > these weapons
>> [a book] talks of flint arrows going through 2 chain shirts
>Flint is not obsidian. The latter can be extremely sharp, If I Recall
>Correctly; I recall hearing that obsidian-bladed knives are used in
>eye surgery. However, I believe obsidian is also extremely brittle,
>hence the comment of the first poster (whose name I don't have to
>hand) about the limitations of obsidian: the sword blade would shatter
>I think flint can be made sharp, and it's somewhat hard, so the claim
>about penetrating mail seems not unreasonable.
>Daniel "recent regular readers of the Usenet newsgroup
>alt.folklore.urban might pick up on 'obsidian' and know what topic
>digression I'm dreading here" de Lincoln
>Tim McDaniel. Reply to tmcd at crl.com
>tmcd at tmcd.austin.tx.us is not a valid address.
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