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Comment Re: This would have never happened. (Score 1) 128

Isn't there a rope/chain which helps you pull the blade back to the original position? If this rope is across a pulley, or hole, and has a knot, it won't wind down properly, likely halting the blade. I don't know all the nuances of the RL construct of a guillotine, but i'm fairly sure it could be constructed with a rope and it may have a blocking knot feature and still be called guillotine.

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