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Could aluminum stop a Shardblade?

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Aluminum is very much an anti-Investiture metal, considering that no Allomancy can affect it and Nightblood can't cut through it (since his sheath is made of the stuff). So theoretically, if you wore a suit of aluminum, would it negate a Blade strike like how Shardplate would?

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Yep, it would negate the magical cutting effects of a Shardblade, but it's still a very soft metal against a hard, sharp, pointy object.

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Yata

Hi, the community has a [question], we have two WoBs: Shardblades can cut aluminum and Shardblades can't cut it. Which one is true?

Brandon Sanderson (Part 1/Part 2/Part 3)

Hm. Yes, I wondered last night if I'd ever answered this before. Truth is, the answer is contentious at Team Sanderson.

I've been pushing for one answer, but Peter (whom I trust) is pushing back. We will see what ends up in the books as canon.

Problem with magic like I do is sometimes you have to wait for the scientific consensus... :) Err on "no" for now.

Peter Ahlstrom (Part 1/Part 2/Part 3)

Oh, I think aluminum would stop Shardblades from magical cutting. But if it's too thin like foil, a sword...

...would cut it anyway. What I'm arguing is that something else that Shardblades don't cut doesn't need...

...to necessarily be made of aluminum, for various reasons.

Yata

For example Invested objects (metalmind,spike,etc) or polestones (from some SA's Quote) ?

Peter Ahlstrom

RAFO

Footnote: The two conflicting WoBs can be found here and here. Also the "something else" that Peter was referring to is likely the Shardblade guards, which have since been confirmed to not be aluminum.
General Twitter 2017 (Feb. 3, 2017)

FYI, you can find the collection of answers that we've gotten from Brandon (called WoBs or Words of Brandon) over on wob.coppermind.net, aka Arcanum. The search is pretty easy. This one comes up under "aluminum+shardblade" for instance, and is a great resource for questions that have been answered :)

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I knew that was there, I just don't really know any tags and I didn't want to search through a million of them for a question that may not have even been asked yet. Thanks for the response though :)

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