This is about a fictional material that is meant to be very similar to steel, but very brittle (under regular conditions). This means it breaks under stress instead of being strained signficantly easier than regular medieval-technology steel.
All properties of this material such as
- potential sharpness
are supposed to be identical or similar to medieval steel.
(Changes to certain properties are legitimate if required, but should be explicitely noted.)
Could this material be used to create splintering projectiles to increase harm to soft targets compared to traditional materials?
The issue I see is that an arrowhead from a brittle steel could easily splinter before entering a soft target and thus achieve significantly less than a normal steel arrowhead.
Answers should elaborate on how projectile designs would have to be adapted compared to traditional designs to benefit from the brittleness of the material and offer an in-target splintering effect.
Note: projectiles meant are primarily arrows and bolts.
This question is part of a series regarding weapon and armour design using fictional materials with unique properties
It is allowed - though not required - to incorporate materials from previous questions.