Since the specimens found in museums vary in size, it is likely that this type of fleam was used on both animals and humans.
These are enlarged versions of the fleam employed in human bloodletting.
It is also used for tortoise-shell, having in that case a bevel or fleam on the front face, and no set to the teeth.
The hardness of the fleam metal indicated that it was carburized sufficiently to be made of steel.
He fumbled in his pockets as he spoke, and, as chance would it, the “fleam” (or cattle lancet) was somewhere about his dress.
The operation is performed by three old women, two to hold the patient, and the third to use the fleam.
Immediately the fleam was removed and a jet of blood came forth that was caught and measured in a container.
Taking a fleam from her pocket, she lanced the lump and let it bleed freely.
The blade was positioned at right angles to the spring and case, thus adopting the basic shape of the fleam.
But, vein or artery, it signified little; no living blood gushed out; only a little watery moisture followed the cut of the fleam.