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Obsolete: This article refers to an aspect of the game which has been removed. It is retained for historical reference only.
Name Knife
Skill Short Blades
Damage 3
Accuracy +5
Base delay (%) 10
Min delay 5 at skill 10
Hands One
Size Little
Ranged? No

A simple survival knife. Designed more for utility than combat, it looks quite capable of butchering a corpse.

The simple knife is the worst weapon in Crawl: its damage is even lower than a dagger's, and unlike the latter it does not get explict stabbing bonuses. On the other hand, the knife weighs a mere 1 aum and is much less likely to be cursed than other random short blades found on the floor, as each of the first five dungeon floors has a 50% chance of receiving an uncursed +0,+0 knife.


  • Knives were removed in 0.9. Characters now carry a "bootknife" to butcher corpses without wielding a sharp implement.
  • Knives were removed from caster backgrounds in 0.5.
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