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Cutting through hardened steel with muscle power

  1. Mar 30, 2012 #1
    Would it be possible for a reasonably built human to abrade through hardened steel if he had a blade made out of diamond? Or is human muscle power insufficient to break the chemical bonds?
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  3. Mar 30, 2012 #2


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    Sure - it's done all the time.
  4. Mar 30, 2012 #3


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    My Morse 8% cobalt hacksaw blade goes thru 4130 chrome-moly steel like a knife through hot butter. :biggrin:

    Respectfully yours,
  5. Mar 30, 2012 #4


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    As stated above, with the appropriate tool (a good hacksaw), it isn't all that difficult.
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