February 14th, 2011

Having a cow over whether or not bovine horns can actually bruise.

Hello again, everyone. You were very, very helpful last time about miserable outer space diseases, so I'm here again with another query where Google has failed.

I've searched Google for half an hour using all the permutations of 'do horns get bruised'? that I've been able to think of, and all I get is information on how to stop cows bruising each other by dehorning them as calves.

I've found out from wikipedia that the horns of Bovidae are made of proteins covering living bone, so it seems to me that it would be possible for a horn to have a bone bruise, but I haven't found any reference to that online. Does anyone here know?

All I need is a plausible injury to a horned creature where one of his horns was whacked very hard but not hard enough to snap it off, just--if possible--bruise it. I also know that a horn can crack, and if I can't have it bruised I'll crack it instead, but I was hoping for a bruise.

Thanks guys! Very much appreciated as usual.

(P.S.-- I put 'veterinary care' for the tag, since that made the most sense, but should I add 'medicine (misc)' as well?
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Question on the forging of knives

I have a character who's going to be making throwing knives out of car springs. I've looked up knife forging on google, The Knife Steel FAQ by Joe Talmadge, and also in American Survival Guide magazine.

From what I've found, car springs are made out of 5160, carbon-chromium steel,
and is considered as high carbon (but not as high as others?). Is there a better
steel for throwing knives that could feasibly be scavenged out of a dump? Also,
I was interested in the question of balance: which is better for a throwing
knife? Center-balanced, handle-heavy, or blade-heavy? Speed is important, if
that helps.