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Sept. 22, 2022, 12:35 p.m. -  Mike Ferrentino

It was a custom tamping rod that Phineas had asked a blacksmith to make for him: "The end which entered \[Gage's cheek\] first is pointed; the taper being \[eleven inches (28 cm) long, ending in a 1⁄4-inch (6 mm) point\]  ... cir­cum­stances to which the patient perhaps owes his life. The iron is unlike any other, and was made by a neigh­bour­ing blacksmith to please the fancy of the owner." Basically, that's about half of 6' breaker bar.

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