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7th Aug '16 5:07:43 PM Morgenthaler
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** Most combat blades have an edge one molecule thick. This includes combat knives, swords, some types of ammunition, etc. Such blades are quite commonplace in their armies. They're no more effective at punching through armour for it, however, unless you're playing ''DarkHeresy''. In it (and other Fantasy Flight Games' 40k [=RPGs=]), melee weapons can be upgraded to have monomolecular edges, increasing their armour penetration. In most of the games this can only be done on bladed and [[ChainsawGood chain]] weapons, but early editions of ''Dark Heresy'' didn't have this limitation, allowing you to create monomolecular hammers and staves. However, the rules stated that an alternative explanation had to be given for the increased penetrative power; there were no monomolecular hammers or staves, they just functioned the same with a different name given to the technology behind it.

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** Most combat blades have an edge one molecule thick. This includes combat knives, swords, some types of ammunition, etc. Such blades are quite commonplace in their armies. They're no more effective at punching through armour for it, however, unless you're playing ''DarkHeresy''.''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy''. In it (and other Fantasy Flight Games' 40k [=RPGs=]), melee weapons can be upgraded to have monomolecular edges, increasing their armour penetration. In most of the games this can only be done on bladed and [[ChainsawGood chain]] weapons, but early editions of ''Dark Heresy'' didn't have this limitation, allowing you to create monomolecular hammers and staves. However, the rules stated that an alternative explanation had to be given for the increased penetrative power; there were no monomolecular hammers or staves, they just functioned the same with a different name given to the technology behind it.



* ''FadingSuns'' has wireblades -- monomolecular swords that will cut through anything with ease. In game mechanics, this means they ignore any armor the opponent is wearing.

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* ''FadingSuns'' ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'' has wireblades -- monomolecular swords that will cut through anything with ease. In game mechanics, this means they ignore any armor the opponent is wearing.



* ''{{GURPS}} Ultratech'' has a number of (increasingly super-science) ways of working this into the game mechanics. Superfine blades divide damage resistance by two. Monowire blades divide damage resistance by ten. Nanothorn blades divide damage resistance by ten and ''shreds'' the bonds that hold the atoms in molecules together.
* ''EclipsePhase''

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* ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Ultratech'' has a number of (increasingly super-science) ways of working this into the game mechanics. Superfine blades divide damage resistance by two. Monowire blades divide damage resistance by ten. Nanothorn blades divide damage resistance by ten and ''shreds'' the bonds that hold the atoms in molecules together.
* ''EclipsePhase''''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase''



* ''{{Traveller}}'', ''Megatraveller Journal'' #3, "Worldguide: Vincennes": The Tech Level 16 world Vincennes creates swords of extruded monofilament construction which have astounding penetration.

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* ''{{Traveller}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'', ''Megatraveller Journal'' #3, "Worldguide: Vincennes": The Tech Level 16 world Vincennes creates swords of extruded monofilament construction which have astounding penetration.



* In ''OneMustFall2097,'' the manual describes Thorn's spikes and Katana's blades as using "monofilament technology".

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* In ''OneMustFall2097,'' ''VideoGame/OneMustFall2097,'' the manual describes Thorn's spikes and Katana's blades as using "monofilament technology".
6th Aug '16 2:53:02 PM Sharysa
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** Many Aztec weapons had obsidian blades or points. The macuahuitl is a wooden sword with the blade made out of obsidian shards. According to Spanish accounts, a single blow from a macuahuitl can decapitate a horse.

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** Many Aztec weapons had obsidian blades or points. The macuahuitl is a wooden sword with the blade made out of obsidian shards. According to Spanish accounts, a single blow from a macuahuitl can decapitate a horse. When they tested it out on DeadliestWarrior, it decapitated the model-horse in three hits and [[LudicrousGibs left a pretty big mess.]]
4th Jul '16 6:24:26 PM billybobfred
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* Of the two times a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' localisation has [[TooLongDidntDub ever bothered translating]] the "Zantetsuken" move, one of them, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', calls to mind this trope: "Atom Edge".
19th May '16 5:54:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* The variable sword used in the ''KnownSpace'' stories of Larry Niven is a length of monomolecular wire held straight by a projected stasis field. There's a little red ball at the end of the wire so the wielder can tell where the otherwise invisible "blade" ends.

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* The variable sword used in the ''KnownSpace'' ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories of Larry Niven is a length of monomolecular wire held straight by a projected stasis field. There's a little red ball at the end of the wire so the wielder can tell where the otherwise invisible "blade" ends.



* ''Brasyl'', by IanMcDonald, one-ups monomolecular-edged knives with the Q-blades: they have an edge that can cut quantum strings. Y'know, the stuff that decides matter ''is'' matter; essentially erasing anything the edge comes into contact with, with zero resistance. If a Q-blade ever [[LikeCannotCutLike breaks]], the flying shrapnel will slice through soil and rock, ultimately sinking towards the Earth's core.

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* ''Brasyl'', by IanMcDonald, Creator/IanMcDonald, one-ups monomolecular-edged knives with the Q-blades: they have an edge that can cut quantum strings. Y'know, the stuff that decides matter ''is'' matter; essentially erasing anything the edge comes into contact with, with zero resistance. If a Q-blade ever [[LikeCannotCutLike breaks]], the flying shrapnel will slice through soil and rock, ultimately sinking towards the Earth's core.



* In ''LeftBehind'', Chaim Rozenweig creates a blade like this, so sharp that a falling date splits in two by grazing the blade. He then buries the blade in the head of the leader of the world.

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* In ''LeftBehind'', ''Literature/LeftBehind'', Chaim Rozenweig creates a blade like this, so sharp that a falling date splits in two by grazing the blade. He then buries the blade in the head of the leader of the world.
14th May '16 12:01:33 AM Doug86
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* In the ''{{Sten}}'' novels, Sten has a small knife in his forearm (within a surgical compartment) that can cut through virtually anything. It's five molecules wide at its tip.
* Matthew Mantrell wields one in at least the first book of ''AWizardInRhyme''. It's also made of a single black diamond. [[AWizardDidIt And magic.]]

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* In the ''{{Sten}}'' ''Literature/{{Sten}}'' novels, Sten has a small knife in his forearm (within a surgical compartment) that can cut through virtually anything. It's five molecules wide at its tip.
* Matthew Mantrell wields one in at least the first book of ''AWizardInRhyme''.''Literature/AWizardInRhyme''. It's also made of a single black diamond. [[AWizardDidIt And magic.]]
3rd Apr '16 2:52:20 PM TARINunit9
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*** The most common are "shuriken" weapons, which launch thousands of monomolecular discs per second.

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*** The most common are "shuriken" weapons, which launch thousands weapons. The weapon's magazine is actually a large mostly-cylindrical chuck of matter, and the upper receiver shaves off monomolecular discs per second.discs. Thousands of them. [[FlechetteStorm Per second]].
17th Mar '16 6:35:23 PM zarpaulus
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* In the ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' trilogy the Subtle Knife has one edge sharpened so finely that it can cut through any material, the other edge is sharp enough to cut a hole in the universe leading to another one.
11th Feb '16 9:35:14 PM DarkStarling
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** And if it slices through your hand, not only are you bleeding horribly, but you'll need a new diamond blade, [[InsultToInjury because cutting through your flesh just broke the damn thing.]]

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** And if it slices through your hand, not only are you bleeding horribly, but you'll need a new diamond blade, [[InsultToInjury [[AddingInsultToInjury because cutting through your flesh just broke the damn thing.]]
11th Feb '16 9:34:43 PM DarkStarling
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** And if it slices through your hand, not only are you bleeding horribly, but you'll need a new diamond blade, because cutting through your flesh just broke the damn thing.

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** And if it slices through your hand, not only are you bleeding horribly, but you'll need a new diamond blade, [[InsultToInjury because cutting through your flesh just broke the damn thing.]]
19th Jan '16 11:28:35 AM nombretomado
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* In the StarTrekNovelVerse, the Tholians have blades with monomolecular edges. The swords become important to the plot in the novels [[StarTrekTheLostEra ''The Sundered'']] and [[StarTrekVanguard ''Reap the Whirlwind'']].

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* In the StarTrekNovelVerse, Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse, the Tholians have blades with monomolecular edges. The swords become important to the plot in the novels [[StarTrekTheLostEra [[Literature/StarTrekTheLostEra ''The Sundered'']] and [[StarTrekVanguard [[Literature/StarTrekVanguard ''Reap the Whirlwind'']].
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