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Is there a single word that means "blade within a blade"? It doesn't have to be "blade" specifically, but anything sharp (i.e. "knife within a knife", "dagger within a dagger", "[sharp object] within a [sharp object]").

Not certain if this is a valid geometric phenomenon, but the desire for such a word exists.

I'm also open to wordplay. The word itself doesn't have to formally exist, so long as its meaning is easily understood.

Example sentence:

The blade of a greatsword is smashed. Within the debris was a smaller dagger; a blade within a blade; a(n) [word I'm looking for].

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  • Are you asking about an arrangement where the larger knife acts as the sheath, as it were, for the smaller knife.
    – Jim
    Aug 3, 2018 at 18:03
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    – Jim
    Aug 3, 2018 at 18:10
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    Is this a metaphor for something, or do you literally mean a blade enclosed by another blade?
    – wrymug
    Aug 3, 2018 at 18:37

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More generally (not necessarily sharp thing), one thing inside of another is "nested":

to fit or place one within another: to nest boxes for more compact storage.

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/nested

You could also use "embedded" or "enclosed".

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  • Unfortunately I was hoping for some sort of sharp context. Thanks for the suggestion though.
    – Boom
    Aug 3, 2018 at 18:56

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