a weapon or tool having a blade that vibrates rapidly
He won’t come to…. I slipped a vibroblade between his ribs.
A vibroblade is a nasty weapon. Originally designed as a surgeon’s tool, its special steel blade moves in and out of the heavy hilt at speeds from two hundred to two thousand vibrations per second, depending on the size and the use to which it is to be put.
Han identified it as some sort of vibroblade, perhaps a butcher’s tool or surgeon’s instrument that the weapons scanners would register as an industrial implement. It had been home-altered to include a large blade, and its haft was fitted with a bulkier power pack. The blade, half again as long as Han’s hand, was difficult to see, vibrating at an incredible rate. It would cut through flesh, bone, and most other materials with little or no resistance.
She got out the vibro-blade…and sheered [sic] off two screws.
She was the youngest person ever to discover an alien sentient species. She is also the only human ever to face a hexapuma armed only with a vibroblade belt knife and survive.
Small two-shot .22 Magnum derringers obtained from the humans served as backup weapons—as did the newly released vibro blades.
R. A. Heinlein 'If This Goes On--'
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