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For an overview of knife models in the Fallout series of games, see knife.

The knife is a melee weapon in Fallout 3.


This weapon appears to be a rusty kitchen knife.


The knife can successfully strike about 500 times from full condition before breaking.


  • Ant's Sting - obtained by siding with the AntAgonizer in The Superhuman Gambit, Ant's Sting is slightly stronger than the regular knife, and deals poison damage over time.
  • Slasher knife - appears in Tranquility Lane and can only be obtained outside of the simulation through console commands.
  • Gametitle-FO3 PL Ritual knife - even more powerful than the Ant's Sting, the ritual knife only uses 12 AP for each V.A.T.S. attack.
  • Gametitle-FO3 PL Toy knife - using even less AP than the ritual knife, 10 compared to 12, the toy knife uses the lowest amount of AP for any weapon in Fallout 3. However, it does very little damage, much less than the regular knife.


Icon melee- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Icon sequence- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Icon gun- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Icon action- Action point cost
Icon damage- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon dap- Damage per action point
Icon dps- Damage per secondIcon spread- Weapon spread
Icon explosion- Area of effect damageAssault carbine extended magazines- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Icon effect- Effect damage & durationIcon repair- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Icon bonus effect- Bonus effectsIcon weight- Weight
Icon attack- Attacks per secondIcon merchant- Value in caps
Icon chance- Critical chance % multiplierIcon ratio- Value to weight ratio
Icon critical damage- Critical damageIcon ability- Skill required
Icon crit effect- Critical effect damage & durationIcon fist- Strength required
Icon plus- With all mods attached
Icon meleeIcon damageIcon dpsIcon effectIcon attackIcon chanceIcon critical damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon repairIcon weightIcon merchantIcon ratio
Knife 4
Ant's Sting 4
16+4Icon poison/10s3x14202.4125013030
Ritual knife Gametitle-FO3 PL6
Toy knife Gametitle-FO3 PL1
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


  • Knives can be found on random wastelanders and raiders, in kitchens of abandoned homes, hospitals and many other places across the Wastelands.


This weapon has the most unique counterparts in the entire game, with a total of 4 with all add-ons installed. However the Slasher knife is only usable in the Tranquility Lane simulation.


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