Book 1
This article contains information that applies to ALL interpretations of the Appleseed saga.
Differences will be clearly marked or placed in the Notes and References section.
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Vibra-cutters are whip like cables which vibrate at hypersonic speeds, so fast that should the cable come in contact with a surface, the agitation will be powerful enough to break apart the molecular structure of that object, effectively severing it in half. They are seen in being used as a menacing weapon by female humanoid cyborgs in both the Appleseed Hypernotes and 2004 movie. While the vibra-cutters are frequently used as weapons, it's suggested that they were originally designed as an industrial tool, by nation/conglomerate Poseidon.