Hunting Knife

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Hunting Knife
Hunting Knife
Category Weapon
Heavy Load
Function Cooking
Equipped One-handed
Condition max. 10
Type SmallBlade
Attack speed 2
Range 0.61–0.9 tiles
Damage 0.6–1.2
Knockback 0.3
Knockdown 0
Execution Jaw stab
Technical details
Base ID Base.HuntingKnife

A hunting knife is a blade melee weapon.



The hunting knife has a 'Jaw Stab' attack which can kill a zombie instantly if close enough and timed correctly. It is also capable of performing backstabs on zombies that haven't noticed the player. There's a chance that after these attacks, the knife can get stuck in a zombie and will have to be looted back from the corpse, so beware of that. The hunting knife only hits one zombie at a time, so it is best if used in single combat or if zombies are relatively spread out when attacking.

Breaking doors

It is mostly ineffective at bashing down doors, dealing just 1 damage per hit. For comparison, an axe deals 35 damage.

Chopping trees

It is mostly ineffective at chopping trees, dealing 2 damage per hit. For comparison, an axe deals 35 damage.


The condition of the hunting knife is influenced by the maintenance skill. It has a maximum condition of just 5 and will be damaged depending on the player's maintenance skill. The chance of losing durability is: 1 in (15 + maintenance x 2)


Materials that can be used to repair the hunting knife, based on first time repairing.

Repair Hunting Knife
Duct Tape
DuctTape.png Potentially repairs: 50%
Chance of success: 95%
Duct Tape (1 units)
Glue.png Potentially repairs: 20%
Chance of success: 95%
Glue (1 units)
Adhesive Tape
Scotchtape.png Potentially repairs: 10%
Chance of success: 95%
Adhesive Tape (2 units)


Product XP Gained Skill(s) Recipe Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3 Ingredient 4
TZ PerforatedWoodenPlank.png
Notched Wooden Plank
0 XP none
One of:
Plank.png Plank
Logs.png Log


Fishing Rod
Fishing Rod
none Angler USA Magazine Vol. 1
TZ WoodenStick.png
Sturdy Stick

(2 units)




Product XP Gained Skill(s) Recipe Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
1.25 CP none Branch.png
Tree Branch


Crafted Spear
1.25 CP Starting condition scales with player's carpentry.


Spear with Hunting Knife
0 XP none SpearStick.png
Crafted Spear
Hunting Knife
Duct Tape (2 units)


Main article: Cooking

The hunting knife is used in various cooking recipes.

Product XP Gained Skill(s) Recipe Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2
Bread Slices x3
0.75 Cooking none
Ham Slice x6
0.75 Cooking none
TZ BaconRashers.png
Bacon Strips x4
0.75 Cooking none
TZ BaconBits.png
Bacon Bits x4
0.75 Cooking none
TZ BaconRashers.png
Bacon Strips
Fish Fillet x2
10 Cooking none

Frog Meat
2.5 Cooking none
Small Bird Meat
2.5 Cooking none
Dead Bird
Rabbit Meat
2.5 Cooking none
Dead Rabbit
Rodent Meat
2.5 Cooking none

Watermelon Slice x10
0.75 Cooking none
Cake Slice
Cake Slice x5
0.75 Cooking none
Cake (Cooked)
Cake (Cooked)
Pie Slice
Pie Slice x5
0.75 Cooking none
Pie (Cooked)
Pie (Cooked)


Hunting knives can be found in bedrooms, police station storage, gunstores, in fishing storage and in a few other places ingame. They can also rarely be found impaled into zombies after some time has passed, and also have a chance to be found in the inventories of the zombies that live in trailer parks and on zombies gang members and bikers.


Upon closer inspection of the knife blade's general shape and relative size in the player's hand, the hunting knife looks like a crude version of a bowie knife.



From items_weapons.txt (Project Zomboid directory/media/scripts/)

Version 41.54
		item HuntingKnife
		MaxRange			= 0.9,
		WeaponSprite			= HuntingKnife,
		MinAngle			= 0.65,
		Type				= Weapon,
		MinimumSwingTime		= 2,
		KnockBackOnNoDeath		= FALSE,
		SwingAmountBeforeImpact		= 0.02,
		Categories			= SmallBlade,
		ConditionLowerChanceOneIn	= 15,
		Weight				= 0.5,
		SplatNumber			= 4,
		PushBackMod			= 0.3,
		SubCategory			= Stab,
		AimingMod			= 0.8,
		ConditionMax			= 10,
		MaxHitCount			= 1,
		IsAimedHandWeapon		= TRUE,
		DoorDamage			= 1,
		SwingAnim			= Stab,
		DisplayName			= Hunting Knife,
		MinRange			= 0.61,
		CloseKillMove			= Jaw_Stab,
		SwingTime			= 2,
		KnockdownMod			= 0,
		SplatBloodOnNoDeath		= TRUE,
		Icon				= HuntingKnife,
		RunAnim				= Run_Weapon2,
		IdleAnim			= Idle_Weapon2,
		TreeDamage			= 2,
		EnduranceMod			= 0.5,
		BreakSound			= HuntingKnifeBreak,
		MetalValue			= 30,
		CriticalChance			= 50,
		CritDmgMultiplier		= 3,
		MinDamage			= 0.6,
		MaxDamage			= 1.2,
		WeaponLength			= 0.25,
		DamageCategory			= Slash,
		DamageMakeHole			= TRUE,
		HitFloorSound			= HuntingKnifeHit,
		ImpactSound			= HuntingKnifeHit,
		DoorHitSound			= HuntingKnifeHit,
		HitSound			= HuntingKnifeHit,
		SwingSound			= HuntingKnifeSwing,
		AttachmentType			= Knife,
		Tags				= CutPlant,


From fixing.txt (Project Zomboid directory/media/scripts/)

Version 40.9
	fixing Fix Hunting Knife
		Require : HuntingKnife,
		Fixer : DuctTape,
		Fixer : Glue,
		Fixer : Scotchtape=2,

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