Instead of an old-fashioned cleaver. (Insert Wally and The Beav jokes here)
Photographs appearing to show a blindfolded man having his fingers severed by the mechanical amputation device have been published by an official Iranian press agency.
According to the INSA news service, the prisoner used to demonstrate the brutal contraption had been convicted of theft and adultery by a court in Shiraz last Wednesday.
The machine looks as if some guy made it in his back yard early in the last century. More at The Telegraph. (Non-graphic still images only)