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Author Topic: Need suggestions for 6 month reseach project in TOOL MARKS IDENTIFICATION  (Read 18522 times)

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Okay, shifting gears here. I need ideas for 6 month research project in tool marks area.  I was going to focus on firearms, however as much as I love the area of firearms and after much researching this morning, I have found that there is plenty of research on firearms and not nearly enough in the area of tool marks.
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I currently attend Nebraska Wesleyan University and will receive a masters degree in Forensic Science in December of 2006.  I want to focus my 6 month research project that I will be working on from July until December in the area of tool mark identification.

I would like to request any suggestions for the following in regards to my project:

1) Tools - specifically, unique tools that might be used as devices to pry, break-into, damage, etc. I already have basic tools to use like hammers, screwdrivers, and crowbars so I am looking for tools that burglars (or any other criminal!) might use to perform their action.

2) Materials to use the tools on - specifically, materials that might hold the impression, such as wood (from a door or window frame), metal (from a safe, inside of door/window frame or vehicle), plastic (from outsides of some safes, locker), etc.

Thank you in advance, and you are also more than welcome to email me your ideas directly at

« Last Edit: June 30, 2006, 01:28:05 PM by ForensicsCSI »


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I recently had a tool mark case in plastic. The case involved the forced entry into a sentry safe. Inside of the safe was gypsum covered with plastic. The tool marks of potential value were in the plastic. I was unsuccessful in finding much research regarding tool marks in plastic.

Good luck 

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Michelle hasn't been on the forum for about a year.  I supplied her with some AFTE Journal articles for her research project and encouraged her to submit her final project for publication in the AFTE Journal.  I haven't seen the project in the journal, so I can only assume that didn't happen.  It was worth a try though, and I'm still willing to help those who ask.

« Last Edit: June 23, 2007, 09:39:10 PM by Richard Hitchcox »
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