Chapter 50 - Page 4

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Reply Vye Brante, 31 Mar 2017

Does Kratos know that diamonds are not inherently sharp and therefore make for a poor analogy? He might as well be saying "My wing is as sharp as a rock." A rock or a diamond can indeed be cut to be sharp, but that doesn't mean that's a given. Diamonds are more traditionally associated with density and durability. So unless the analogy was actually meant to describe invulnerability instead of damage output, it's not the best thing to use...

Something like, "My wing is sharper than any scalpel" or "My wing's sharpness surpasses even your sword!" would something better to explain its cutting abilities. If we don't want to make the other swords weak in comparison, he could just simply say something about have two blades or two weapons now, and imply how that leaves him with fewer defensive options than before. "My attacks now come from two directions!" Or something.

Just a thought.

Reply Sol, 31 Mar 2017

@Vye Brante: Oh. I used that analogy because lots of other medias have used that analogy. My bad.

EDIT: I did find this though: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_knife

Reply Vye Brante (not logged in) (Guest), 31 Mar 2017

Don't get me wrong, diamonds CAN cut. Even the article you linked to mentions how it's a diamond that's been specifically fashioned into a blade which is actually my point. Diamonds can be cut and formed to have a sharp point or blade and that would make them sharp. But they aren't like that naturally.

My problem with his description is it changes based on what kind of diamond he's talking about. Is he talking about a diamond knife? Is he talking about a diamond fresh out of the ground that hasn't been processed yet? If you say something is "As sharp as a knife," you get the general idea that it is sharp. You could make the argument that maybe they are referencing a dull knife, but then the analogy would have to clarify that it means an "unsharpened knife." You don't have that luxury with a diamond. You have to be clear that it is a diamond that has been formed to be sharp, like that very diamond knife you mentioned.

Look, I get that this can be seen as a nitpick. It's not like I don't get what he's trying to say. Although rare, I've heard and seen it used before too. It's just really not the best way to describe what he's trying to say, in my opinion. Can he use it? Sure. He can use it so long as his little heart desires. But sometimes even the little details like this can make a big difference in how the reader perceives the character and story.

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