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"These things seem to handle bullets just fine, but a couple of rips from this bad boy and they don't get up."
Samuel Irons[1]

The Plasma Saw is a mining-tool-turned-weapon featured in Dead Space: Downfall. A similar, possibly related tool called the SH-B1 Plasma Saw is featured in Dead Space (mobile).


When activated, the Saw projects a stream of suppressed plasma that takes the shape of a blade similar to a chainsaw's that, when in use, will remain active and extended until the saw is deactivated. The saw has a flashlight affixed to the top of it, and bears a vague resemblance to the 211-V Plasma Cutter.[note 1]

Not much is known about the saw, but given the precise cuts it makes in the Necromorphs, it can be assumed that the saw is used to carve up reasonably-sized rocks that a single miner can handle by themselves.

Operational History[]

Samuel Irons found a crate of these saws and viewed the find as a "divine discovery", just down the hall from where the P.C.S.I. Sec team made their first stand against a horde of Slashers. Irons came to their rescue, effortlessly slicing the Slashers apart with his saw. The team then replaced their issued firearms with the Plasma Saws due to their greater efficiency.


List of Appearances[]


  1. Under a criminal file at the start of the movie, the tool is officially called a "Plasma Cutter". This may suggest that there are several different kinds of Plasma Cutters (as this one is obviously different from the game's version), or the creators of the film incorrectly adapted the 211-V Plasma Cutter.