The chainsword is the prefered close combat weapon of the Imperium. It is believed to be based on the modern chainsaw, but lighter and able to be wielded with one hand. It is often used in conjunction with a pistol. All forces of the Imperium (man) make use of it as a standard close combat weapon. The weapon is designed only to kill and shatter the utter life of it's opposition. These swords are very crucial in combat allowing easy swipes to behead or rip their enemy in two. Although it is not the mightiest of close-combat weaponry, it get's the job done. The chainsword is a weapon of choice for most Space Marines.