You might not be surprised by an axe or a well made sword splitting a bullet in half, but can a cheap butter knife do the same thing?

Penn & Teller decided to put this question to the test with the aide of a high-speed camera and a 1911 chambered in .45 ACP. Surprisingly the butter knife split the bullet without taking significant damage. Although, the bullet essentially fractured into little pieces instead of splitting cleanly in two. One more thing to notice: the bullet was cast lead without a jacket. Lead is very soft and the results probably would have been different with a copper jacket.

Image screenshot of video by Your Discovery Science on YouTube

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  • Bill Semion

    It’s what I really NEED to know, of course