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Brass knuckles are a form of simple weapon used in hand-to-hand combat.


Developed in antiquity, this weapon is prevalent in the post-War wastelands.

Brass knuckles, or knuckledusters, take the form of four linked metal rings in a shallow convex formation with a bumper attached to the concave face. The rings are slipped over a combatant's fingers with the bumper pressed into the palm of the hand.

When a punch is thrown, the brass knuckles take the majority of the impact impulse, transferring much of the punch's kinetic energy to the target by way of the harder, smaller impacting surface of the metal knuckles. This drastically increases the likelihood of serious tissue disruption and bone damage.


Brass knucklesEdit

Fo1 brass knuckles

A set of regular brass knuckles, made from brass or steel, forming solid rings around the fingers and connected to a solid weighted center held in the fist.

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  • For the unique version that appears in Fallout 3, see: Steel knuckles.
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Spiked knucklesEdit

Spiked knuckles

An improved version of the classic brass knuckles that feature spikes protruding from the apexes of the rings. The spiked knuckles do more damage, tearing into the flesh of your opponent in unarmed combat.

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Fallout4 Knuckles
Gameplay article: Fallout 4

Metal knuckes, without spikes.

Dog tag fistEdit

Dog tag fist
Gameplay article: Fallout: New Vegas

An improvised set of spiked knuckles, they consist of multiple sets of dog tags wrapped around the fingers in such a fashion that the metal dog tags protrude from between the fingers with the beaded chain wrapping around the knuckles.

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