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Re: Claws on deinonychosaurs
Thanks Jaime, that was very interesting (if grisly). As for being
quick; I have actually done a little bit of training on gurkha, and
they are pretty fast, though not appreciably faster than well-weighted
straight blades. They do allow for some interesting grips with the
off-hand braced on the non-bladed portion. Obviously I was only
sparring, so I never found out how the real wounding would work out;
now I know.
On Wednesday, November 2, 2005, at 09:15 PM, Jaime A. Headden wrote:
Michael Habib (email@example.com) wrote:
<Also, 'assassins knives' are recurved, not decurved, to the best of my
knowledge, so I don't think they are often claw-shaped. Decurved
produced; I do not know what their purpose is.>
Assassin's blades, such as the gurkha or sikhanese knives of the
subcontinent, are sharpened on their inner edge, and are used with the
edge-side out to puncture laterally into the throat, slicing outward
travels from side to side. The curvature of the blade forces the knife
outwards through the initial puncture and in the process of the blade
increasing, opening the wound wider and eventually slicing open the
throat. Grisly, effective, and leaves an ugly corpse. They are also
I am told.
The action is similar to that proposed for sabretooth cat bites in
jugulars and eventually "tearing out" of the neck.
The same may have been true of dromaeosaur sickles, with sharper
on the unguals, though it was not true of *Baryonyx*, once thought to
dromaeosaur of titanic proportions due to the nature of the pollecial
It was also one of the reasons the pollecial ungual of the holotype of
*Megaraptor namunquaihuii* was considered to belong to the pes of a
Jaime A. Headden
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