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Objekt #89 / Arnold Schönberg: Stahl-Schärfe

December 20, 1925

Arnold Schönberg Center, Wien

In Schönberg’s own directory of his writings, the category “Nature, Physics, Animals” (see Object #36) includes observations on the sharpness of steel. “Owing to a number of observations, I support the claim that the sharpness of iron and steel objects (razor, etc.) is not alone due to the thinness of the cutting edge […] I believe that it is possible to restore the steel to a certain new condition by whetting (or grinding) it using very specific other materials; this may perhaps represent a different aggregate state or a kind of ‘magnetization’ of the steel. […] However, everybody knows that a knife becomes sharp again if you leave it alone for a while.”

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