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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-06-01 07:14
  Subject:   Vapor Deposition diamonds are flawless and inexpensive.
  Mood:Ninja, plz...
Perfect single-crystal diamonds of more than two carats (the average engagement ring is less than a carat) churned out in a day. Scientists create the gemstones using a process called chemical vapor deposition (CVD), which grows diamond crystals one carbon atom at a time.

The jewelry industry has shown great interest in ersatz versions of the 45-carat Hope diamond, but other uses could prove more lucrative. Using CVD, scientists will be able to cheaply mass-produce diamond semiconductors that are hundreds of times as powerful as their silicon counterparts.


So, when can I send off one of my sword blades and have the edge diamond-reinforced?

Edit: And can they build a super-intelligent computer AI into it at the same time? ;]
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-06-02 23:18 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: Diamond Swords
I was thinking a bunch of microdiamonds embedded in the blade edge would lead to a tougher, extra sharp edge. Certainly an all-diamond sword is a terrible idea.

I doubt I'll ever be so unlucky as to have to pick up sword in self-defense. And since that's the only way I can see myself killing anyone, I think my swords will thankfully never taste blood.
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