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 Post subject: Flint, and Obsidian.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:48 pm 
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Hey guys, I've been doing a little research into stone age cultures and what not, and it got me wondering on the properties of Flint, and Obsidian in particular.

I was fasinated to find out that Obsidian blades have a blade idth of only 3 nanometers and even under intense magnification are perfectly smooth, unlike the finest steel which appears jagged and rough.

Another claim that amazed me was that Obsidian Arrow Heads were stronger than Steel?! (I assume the meant harder but more brittle, though honestly I haven't found any comments on its brittleness yet... is it brittle?).

So I was wondering what kind of stat modifications you might give to a weapon if it were obsidian rather than steel?

Say you took a 6 inch long dagger (blade) from TFoB (ATN Strike 8, ATN Thrust 7, DTN 9 (7), Cut ST-3, Puncture ST-1, Draw Cut +2), how would you modify it?

My reasoning would be +1 to either the cut damage or the Draw Cut damage? But then there remains a balancing factor to be seen (there has to be a reason they aren't used by more developed nations).

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 Post subject: Re: Flint, and Obsidian.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:13 pm 
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Obsidian is volcanic glass, so, it's not available where you don't have volcanos. Wiki says its hardness is 5-5,5. Hardness 1-2 minerals can be scratched by fingernail, hardness 3-5 minerals can be scratched with a steel knife, hardness 6+ minerals can be used to scratch glass. So, not stronger than steel... although wiki also places knife blade at hardness 5,5.

Also, check out this and TFOB p. 145.

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 Post subject: Re: Flint, and Obsidian.
PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:48 am 
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As far as I'm informed, it's not stronger than steel (whatever this is supposed to mean), but it holds a keener edge. No metal in the world cuts as well as glass.

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