Oh, Snap! (kutsuwamushi) wrote in little_details,
Oh, Snap!

[ANON POST] Perform a quick, clean, complete amputation of an arm using shop tool(s)?

Setting is contemporary urban North America. A teenaged girl (5' 3", approx. 110 pounds), needs to cut off her arm very quickly (i.e. in a matter of 1-2 seconds, using a single clean cut) and also sever it completely from her body, because plot. The character has access to a wood & metalworking shop with various tools, and she also has strong and capable friends able to assist her in performing the necessary operation. She is also skilled at modifying and tinkering with machines, so she could remove any safety features that would ordinarily prevent such an "accident".

What would be the best tool, manual or power, to use to perform such an operation? Would a guillotine paper cutter, for instance be capable of cutting quickly right through the girl's bone if a strong man were to do the chopping? I was looking at metal shears, but all the models I've seen don't seem to have enough clearance between the blade and the table for my character to insert her arm.

I would really like this amputation to be as clean and precise as possible, which is why I avoided looking at (say) table saws or chainsaws, as I figured those would probably mangle the tissue -- but I'm willing to be corrected on that point.

It is also important to note that my heroine cannot go to hospital after the amputation, but must be privately treated on-site, because she is secretly Not Human and her wacky blood type and other anomalies would cause Serious Problems in a hospital setting.

Searches Performed: "severed arm workplace", "accidental amputation shop", "metal shear safety", "guillotine paper cutter", and variations thereof.

Many thanks in advance.
Tags: ~medicine: injuries (misc)

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