Made from a "space age" Saturnite alloy in the Big Mountain Research and Development Center, cosmic knives were advertised to be super-sharp, all-purpose kitchen knives that would not chip or dull. A surplus of these knives were shipped to the Sierra Madre Casino & Resort kitchens in preparation for the Gala Event. Though lightweight and durable, they proved to be too sharp for their own good, able to cut a person's thumb off if they were careless and even slice through cutting boards with no effort. Concerns were raised about the safety and necessity of having so many of these knives lying about, but Frederick Sinclair insisted that only the best equipment be used.
They were also found to have incredible heat retention, able to stay super-hot for hours after being heated over a stove. However, they are much more brittle when heated, and if left on an uninsulated surface, they would melt right through.
Following the Great War and prior to the events of Dead Money, many of these knives found their way into the hands of the ghost people who stalk the streets of the Villa, who assembled them into makeshift spears to use as weapons against any unfortunate visitors.
The cosmic knife is particularly effective against limbs, where it inflicts a 50% damage bonus. Using Abraxo cleaner, one can turn it into a clean cosmic knife, which deals even more damage. They are stained a dark purple before they are cleaned, most likely due to years of exposure to the cloud. The name "cosmic knife" is a brand name only, referring to the "space-age" Saturnite material it is made of, not because it originates from outer space.
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|- Damage per attack in V.A.T.S.||- Action point cost|
|- Damage per action point||- Additional effects|
- Note: Melee weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.
It is possible to execute Back Slash outside of V.A.T.S. (without the required Melee skill of 50 to perform the move) by initiating a power attack (hold attack button) while moving forward.
The cosmic knife can successfully strike about 745 times from full condition before breaking.
|- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)||- Attacks in V.A.T.S.|
|- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)||- Action point cost|
|- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)||- Damage per action point|
|- Damage per second||- Weapon spread|
|- Area of effect damage||- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)|
|- Effect damage & duration||- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)|
|- Bonus effects||- Weight|
|- Attacks per second||- Value in caps|
|- Critical chance % multiplier||- Value to weight ratio|
|- Critical damage||- Skill required|
|- Critical effect damage & duration||- Strength required|
|- With all mods attached|
|Cosmic knife||12||36||x1.5 limb||3||x1||12||20||1.2||745||1||35||35||0||1|
|Cosmic knife clean||15||45||x3 limb||3||x1.2||15||20||1.5||995||1||50||50||0||1|
|Cosmic knife super-heated||14||42||x1.7 limb||3||x5||14||20||1.4||745||1||50||50||0||1|
- Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.
- One can be found stabbed into a cutting board in the Villa police station.
- One can be found stabbed into a bed next to an assassins suit in the Villa clinic.
- There are three to four on worktops in the kitchen in the Sierra Madre Casino & Resort.
- Many can be found in desks in the rooms on the top floor of the Villa clinic
- One can be found in the kitchen of the executive suites in the Sierra Madre Casino & Resort.
- One can be found right next to the exit from the Villa to the Mojave, next to 1 Sierra Madre chip.
- One can be found in the eastern part of the Villa. It is located in the Gift shop on a display rack next to a cosmic knife advertisement.
- One can be found in a cafe with a radio in Salida del Sol courtyard next to a cutting board.
- Two can be found in Cantina Madrid on or next to a cutting board.
- Compared to the regular kitchen knife, the cosmic knife deals more damage and has a longer blade stained red with Cloud residue.
- Despite being developed at Big MT, none can be found there.
- It was used to cut open hazmat suits that had their locks corroded by the red cloud in the Sierra Madre.
Behind the scenes
|The following is based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content.|
Shape and texture resources for the cosmic knife, its clean, and super-heated variant are all present in the files of Old World Blues add-on, but not used. Though present, no objects in the add-on use these resources. Curiously the resources are stored within the nvdlc01 folder used by the Dead Money add-on, rather than the nvdlc03 folder allocated to Old World Blues.
|End of information based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content.|