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Knife Chair
Appearances Saw IV
Type of Trap Standard Trap
Victims Cecil Adams (deceased)
Created by John Kramer

The Knife Chair is a trap in Saw IV.

How It Worked

A drug addict named Cecil was placed in what was referred to as the Knife Chair, later revealed to be Jigsaw (John)'s first created trap. He woke up with his arms bound to the armrests of a wooden chair, with blades jutting upwards into his forearms. A panel level with Cecil's face was connected to the arm restraints. Pushing it forward would have released the restraints and freed him. John, who was present in the room, applied a large apparatus to the chair, consisting of eight blades enclosed around Cecil's head. John then instructed Cecil in what to do, telling him that to release himself from the chair, he had to force his face through the blades to push the panel, matching his "internal ugliness" by scarring his face. Cecil, after sitting and screaming for help, began pushing his face through the knives while John watched; however, before Cecil could complete his test, the faulty chair collapsed. Standing up with the restraints still lodged in his arms, Cecil threatened to kill John, and lunged at him. John side-stepped, causing Cecil to fall into a pile of hanging razor wire where Cecil was left to slowly die, also giving John the idea for Paul's Razor Wire Maze trap. John was originally following Cecil around after the loss of his unborn child, and was formulating a tape for this trap; however, he opted to describe it to Cecil in person.

Cecil: Whoa! What the fuck is that?!

John: It's the tool. The tool that's going to save your life. I want to play a game. Your life is a lie, Cecil. Now comes your moment of truth. As a drug addict and a thief, you've preyed on the kindness of others to fuel your addiction. Today, we're bringing the ugliness inside you out into the open. Now, in order for you to stay alive, we have to match your face with the ugliness of your soul. Just lean forward into the knives with your face. Press hard enough and you'll release the arm and the leg restraints that bind you.

Cecil: HELP!

John: Press hard though, and you'll be free.

Cecil: You-you sick fuck! Fuck you!

John: Or you sit idly and bleed out on the floor. Live or die, Cecil. Make your choice.

— Conversation between Cecil and John just before the game[src]

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