This is an existing idea in Claw Mutations Provide Cutting/Butchering Properies
Now we do have a butchering property for mutations like claws, but somehow people skip the “cutting” part?
I think it’s natural to use that kind of claws as a crude knife to make some rags.
Actually, it’ll be helpful if we can add “fake tool” properties for mutations, just like we already have for bionics.
The problem is how the cutting qualities, which I did overhaul, are structured. We have cutting 1 and 2. 1 is basically “Can I do this with a sharp rock?” and 2 is everything else. If we give your claws cutting 1, you could also carve wood with your claws - that seems not very realistic, especially because your claws will wear down quickly.
We have that " Stainless Claws" described as “They might as well be made of stainless steel”, which I think would work like a sharp rock and will not wear down on wood carving, not to say make some rags.
It’s natural if there is an intelligent human sized mutant with a sharp claw, it can make some simple cutting.
And claw wear down seems like an interesting idea?
Actually if we do consider the wear down problem, then the claws may wear down on every melee attacks.
A chance of wear down on very usage and temporary lose the claw trait may mimic that?
Of course it’ll be most convinient if we have more cutting qualities to work on. But I understand that means some work.
Since mutations are somewhat random, maybe claws should have the chance to do piercing damage instead of cutting damage.
Not all claws are made for cutting or tearing, some are made for gripping. Think of a squirrel, whose claws are designed to help scurry up a tree or a bird’s claws, which help hold a branch or latch onto a fish/mouse/whatever as they swoop in to catch it.
That is becease dogs and bears walk on them and don´t sharpen them. Things that don´t go for a intelligent bipidel mutant. Cat claws are a better aprocimation and those can definiatly cut especially if a mutant takes care to sharpen them better than a cat would.
Claws don’t cut. They puncture and rend. They’re pointy round things, so they’d cut about as well as a needle would, in particular a curved needle attached to a paw…
Now, if you were to take the time to file them into a diamond cross section they might cut somewhat, I guess.
Since I have recent experience with cat claws and still have references on that persisting on my arms: Cat claws shred. You could tear a t-shirt into crude bits of cloth, differing in size dramatically but precision cutting is just not possible.
If a bear hits you with its claws they will tear apart your skin, too due to the bears strength. But this is really inefficent if you just want to cut a t-shirt into rags.
The difference between a sharp rock and a claw is that the former cuts (crudely), while the latter uses brute force to pass through the material from the side.
It might be possible to use fine manipulation of a needle/claw to emulate cutting by drawing the tip on top of the fabric repeatedly, though (I’ve never tried, so it’s purely theoretical). That ought to take a fair bit of time, but might be possible to provide a decent result.
I have doubts as to whether mutated claws should be as good as or better than implanted surgical scalpels CBM, which are currently pretty obnoxious to use since you can’t wield any items etc and try to use them. I got annoyed enough by that CBM that I can’t even remember if it allows gloves.
still would be terrible for a cutting tool. sharpening it still wouldn’t change its piercing properties. to make something capable of cutting you’d need something long and thick like a knife.
something curved wouldn’t work and sharpening would only make the claws thinner