Identification of Tool Marks of a Sickle on a Telephone Cable

Rajesh Kumar, Naseeb Patial, Sanjeev Singh

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


Linkage of a cutting tool (a sickle) with a telephone cable of 100 pairs of copper wires is reported in a case of theft of a telephone cable. Telephone cables contain numerous insulated copper wires of small diameter inside an outer covering and are stolen for the relatively precious copper. The cutting pattern of the cable can only point to the type of the tool but because of the large number of copper wires, it is practically difficult to make a definite linkage with the tool used to cut the cable by comparing the tool marks. The present work reports the successful attempt of the authors in establishing a definite linkage of a stolen telephone cable with a sickle recovered from the suspects. Spot microchemical test was performed for detection of copper on the blade of the sickle, and then tool mark comparison was performed to link the tool marks on the metal strip inside the outer covering of the cable to the blade of the sickle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-219
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Comparison microscope
  • Forensic science
  • Rubeanic acid
  • Spot tests
  • Tool mark comparison


Dive into the research topics of 'Identification of Tool Marks of a Sickle on a Telephone Cable'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this