If one wanted to remove somebody else's finger in a non-surgical setting, what sort of a tool would get the job done? I've gotten to those big, long-handled hedge chopper things for trimming trees before my brain flinches away from that line of thought, but would they carry a sharp enough edge?
Sorry if this is something I should have researched myself; I just need a very long stick with which to poke at the idea. I'm okay with gore that isn't too over-the-top graphic, but I'm too empathetic. Seeing things that would hurt or people in pain squicks me half to death. And I've gone and boxed myself into having to mutilate one of my protagonists in my current WiP. A masochist is me.