RE: Information on cutting hard tissues

From:Jim at ProSciTech <>

I must concur with our Samurai and add to watch out that all of the nails are 
removed too.

I am surprized that TC will not cut the hoof, maybe that horny material is 
tougher than and certainly as hard as bone. You now have two options:
"Find" a fine diamond wire saw. The best will cut and "polish" in one pass and 
take section under 30 um - though that may be a  big ask with such large 
The other method, I have previously mentioned on this list, is to take your 
sections to a Geology department or a business that cuts petrographic sections 
for mining and other companies. They will grind the specimen flat, Araldite it 
to a large slide and then cut off most of the remaining hoof. After that they 
grind and polish the specimen down to 30um or considerably less.
To do a whole hoof cross-section would be a work of art - I think I know 
somebody in our town in Australia who could. Smaller sections would be 
infinitely easier.
Jim Darley
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On Tuesday, November 14, 2000 9:59 AM, 
[] wrote:
> Sanjay Sharma asks:
> >>As part of ongoing research at our company I was trying to cut uniform
> >>cross
> sections of bovine hooves across the horizontal plane. We recently bought a
> new
> sliding microtome (HM 440E, Carl Zeiss, Inc.) and were using it with a
> tungsten carbide knife. Unfortunately the tissue is much harder than what we
> expected and we were unsuccessful.<<
> Try taking the horseshoe off first....
> This list is so refreshing. It's nice to know that some people out there have
> problems worse than sentinel lymph nodes!
> Bob Richmond
> Samurai Pathologist
> Knoxville TN

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