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25th Jul '17 6:04:38 AM Piterpicher
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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.]]

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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, Series/DeadliestWarrior, it decapitated the model-horse in three hits and [[LudicrousGibs left a pretty big mess.]]
8th Jul '17 10:08:26 AM nombretomado
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** Obsidian can be made up to 100 times sharper than steel (the cutting edge can be reduced to 3 nanometers thick). According to TheOtherWiki, "even the sharpest metal knife has a jagged, irregular blade when viewed under a strong enough microscope; when examined even under an electron microscope an obsidian blade is still smooth and even." For surgical application, the blades are so sharp that in certain circumstances, no anesthetic is necessary to make the cut. [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sswf3heCoxg/T_nNlzq2F0I/AAAAAAAARNU/F05SmCWV34A/s1600/obsidian+razor.png (See here)]]

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** Obsidian can be made up to 100 times sharper than steel (the cutting edge can be reduced to 3 nanometers thick). According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, "even the sharpest metal knife has a jagged, irregular blade when viewed under a strong enough microscope; when examined even under an electron microscope an obsidian blade is still smooth and even." For surgical application, the blades are so sharp that in certain circumstances, no anesthetic is necessary to make the cut. [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sswf3heCoxg/T_nNlzq2F0I/AAAAAAAARNU/F05SmCWV34A/s1600/obsidian+razor.png (See here)]]
14th May '17 10:57:24 AM nombretomado
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* A manual for ''Franchise/StarCraft'' states that Ultralisk blades are monomolecular. This seems to be a case of a writer simply getting carried away with RuleOfCool, as there is no indication elsewhere that this is actually the case. For one the blades are absolutely massive, and look more designed for smashing than slicing, and having monomolecular blades implies a degree of finesse the ultralisk certainly lacks. Apparently other writers agree, as depictions of ultralisks mostly show them smashing enemies aside with their blades, rather than slicing right through them as would be the case if their blades really were that sharp.

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* A manual for ''Franchise/StarCraft'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' states that Ultralisk blades are monomolecular. This seems to be a case of a writer simply getting carried away with RuleOfCool, as there is no indication elsewhere that this is actually the case. For one the blades are absolutely massive, and look more designed for smashing than slicing, and having monomolecular blades implies a degree of finesse the ultralisk certainly lacks. Apparently other writers agree, as depictions of ultralisks mostly show them smashing enemies aside with their blades, rather than slicing right through them as would be the case if their blades really were that sharp.
29th Apr '17 11:30:15 AM nombretomado
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** Blades like this make an appearance in the novel ''Specter of the Past'' by TimothyZahn, in the form of the Xana "molecular stiletto." Depicted somewhat realistically, in that it's described as being capable of cutting through almost anything, but is extremely delicate, with even the carefully executed cutting of a hard surface (such as a lock) being as likely as not to ruin the blade.

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** Blades like this make an appearance in the novel ''Specter of the Past'' by TimothyZahn, Creator/TimothyZahn, in the form of the Xana "molecular stiletto." Depicted somewhat realistically, in that it's described as being capable of cutting through almost anything, but is extremely delicate, with even the carefully executed cutting of a hard surface (such as a lock) being as likely as not to ruin the blade.
3rd Apr '17 10:28:09 AM mantis
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* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Harry's early experimentation with transfiguration includes the creation of monomolecular wire, made up of braided carbon nanotubes. [[spoiler:He uses it in the climactic confrontation to remove the Death Eaters' heads and Lord Voldemort's hands (which are holding his wand and gun), as actually killing Voldemort is contraindicated by his large number of inaccessible horcruxes.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Harry's early experimentation with transfiguration includes the creation of monomolecular wire, made up of braided carbon nanotubes. [[spoiler:He uses it in the climactic confrontation to remove the Death Eaters' heads and Lord Voldemort's hands (which are holding his wand and a gun), as actually killing Voldemort is contraindicated by his large number of inaccessible horcruxes.]]
3rd Apr '17 10:27:29 AM mantis
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* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Harry's early experimentation with transfiguration includes the creation of monomolecular wire, made up of braided carbon nanotubes. [[spoiler:He uses it in the climactic confrontation to remove the Death Eaters' heads and Lord Voldemort's hands (which are holding his wand and gun), as actually killing Voldemort is contraindicated by his large number of inaccessible horcruxes.]]
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6th Feb '17 2:04:16 AM Arivne
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-314 SCP-314 ("Motion-Seeking Blade")]] The blade is described as "sharpened to a molecular level".
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-608 SCP-608 ("Fractal Tinsel").]] SCP-608 is a fractal with infinitely and progressively smaller branches radiating from it. Branches of monofilament size and smaller can slice through other substances at a molecular or even atomic level.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1320 SCP-1320 ("Refractive Explorers").]] SCP-1320 have extremities that are sharpened to a thickness of a few dozen nanometers. They can use them to cut through solid objects at a molecular level.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-585 SCP-585 ("Sharpeners")]] can do this to pencils. After 100 rotations, the point is so thin it ''splits atoms''.
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-314 SCP-314 ("Motion-Seeking Blade")]] The blade is described as "sharpened to a molecular level".
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-608 SCP-608 ("Fractal Tinsel").]] SCP-608 is a fractal with infinitely and progressively smaller branches radiating from it. Branches of monofilament size and smaller can slice through other substances at a molecular or even atomic level.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1320 SCP-1320 ("Refractive Explorers").]] SCP-1320 have extremities that are sharpened to a thickness of a few dozen nanometers. They can use them to cut through solid objects at a molecular level.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-585 SCP-585 ("Sharpeners")]] can do this to pencils. After 100 rotations, the point is so thin it ''splits atoms''.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2502 SCP-2502 ("Be Sharp")]]. SCP-2502 is a compact disc whose edge has zero thickness. When its edge encounters matter it cuts through it like a hot knife through butter. After passing through matter for a while it will eventually slow to a stop due to friction.
6th Nov '16 4:47:45 AM Tron80
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* In ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' WonderWoman has a sword that is sharp enough to "carve the electrons off an atom". Leaving aside the ways that doesn't actually make sense, it suggests a blade with an edge thinner than an atom. {{Superman}} accidentally cuts himself on the blade.

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* In ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' WonderWoman Franchise/WonderWoman has a magic sword that is sharp enough to "carve the electrons off an atom". Leaving aside the ways that doesn't actually make sense, it suggests a blade with an edge thinner than an atom. {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} accidentally cuts himself on the blade.
18th Oct '16 6:11:26 AM BigJaredMonkey
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* The variable sword used in the ''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.

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* The variable sword used in the ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories of Larry Niven Creator/LarryNiven 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.ends.
** ''The Descent of Anansi'', also by Creator/LarryNiven features another monofilament cable where, in effect, a space shuttle is lowered to Earth on a cable. At one point one of the baddies drifts into the cable and realises that it is already inside the faceplate of his spacesuit by the time he notices anything.



* ''The Descent of Anansi'' by Larry Niven features another monofilament cable where, in effect, a space shuttle is lowered to Earth on a cable. At one point one of the baddies drifts into the cable and realises that it is already inside the faceplate of his spacesuit by the time he notices anything.
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".
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