October 19, 2006

No, Really.

Let's take a vote: double-edged, or single-edged? I was going to go double, but I may stick with single. I wish the different types of wounds weren't so distinct from one another.

Fucking forensic scientists. They've ruined everything.

Posted by Attila Girl at October 19, 2006 08:51 PM | TrackBack

What size knife are we talking about? A double edge is preferred for fighting as it gives you two edges to work with. The single edge knives can be acquired in very large/heavy sizes for strong slashes or chops. What do you want to do with this knife?

Posted by: Lictor at October 20, 2006 07:27 AM

It might help to know what you are trying to do. Fool the medical examiner? Confound police searching for the murder weapon? Make the police think they are looking for multiple perps? Remember they always default to thinking "weapon of opportunity" anyway.

Use a three-edged weapon to prevent the wound from closing up. What do you know about electrorheological fluids? Colloidal suspensions of fine magnetic particles that can be liquids, or solids when an electrical current is passed through the mixture. What does that bring to mind? A "blade' you can re-configure or a headache?

Posted by: Darrell at October 20, 2006 08:55 AM

Darrell: Headache, thankyouverymuch.

Lictor: One stab, one kill. I'd like my perp to shove it right up under the breastbone, preferably into my character's heart. Ideally, I'd like my victim to sense that it's coming before the knife is pulled. The vic is a tiny woman, maybe 5'2' and very slender, so this should be do-able.

I was going to go with a dagger, but I need to create some confusion between two knives, so I thought perhaps a Bowie knife and a paring knife from a kitchen. It would be great if I could create a wound that might have been caused by either.

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 20, 2006 10:28 AM

Even discounting the hiring of brother-in-laws at the County ME office, anyone should be able to tell the difference between a wound from a Bowie and paring knife(those two-inch kitchen knives). Tape two filleting knives together, back-to-back--8-inch, curved blades--then separate. Clean adhesive residue off handles with 90% rubbing alcohol.

Take an Advil for tension headaches and apply accupressure between your thumb and your fore-finger by squeezing the fleshy part near the base of the thumb--fingers extended.

Posted by: Darrell at October 20, 2006 08:08 PM

Shove the knife (single edge) in, turn it over and shove it in the same hole, confuse the ME, it looks like a double edge knife wound.

You also forgot about the venerable ice pick. Very little strength needed. Sharpen the tip (last half inch like a daggar) and you can shove it half way in and make a circle and do lots of damage to heart and lungs.

Posted by: Jack at October 21, 2006 05:16 PM

They do make paring knives as large as 3-4 inches, though I had thought of going up to the next-size blade.

I love Jack's idea.

The mom suggests a boning knife for maximum penetration and optimal sharpness, but cautions that the ME/coroner will measure to see how deep the wound goes.

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 21, 2006 09:39 PM

Try making two stabs on the same plane when the blood starts flowing! Plus "tattooing" from the hilt will give it away. Trust your mom on this one! Mothers know best! Aim for aortic dissection and hope for the best! Helpful hint from Eloise--put the knife in the freezer to minimize blood splatter.

Posted by: Darrell at October 22, 2006 06:17 AM

Eloise is Heloise's cousin from Liverpool, by the way...She's very 'airy.

Posted by: Darrell at October 22, 2006 06:25 AM

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